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Daphne Marlatt at Poetic habitat now workshop, CPF4, Spring Street Center, Seattle, Nov 4, 2016

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Brenda Hillman and Elizabeth Cooperman enjoying a meal at Spring Street Center before a Main Stage reading. November 5, 2016

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Glenna Cook Shazia Hafiz Sarah Rauch and Brittany Reid in the Poetic habitat now workshop, Nov 4, 2016, Spring Street Center (Photo by Meredith Nelson)

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Tim McNulty at CPF4 panel honoring the memory and legacy of Denise Levertov

The Cascadia Poetry Festival is an international event which gathers writers, artists, scientists and activists to collaborate, discover and foster deeper connection between all inhabitants and the place itself. Over four days the fest serves as cultural bioregional investigation and features Academic, Democratic and Performance components, late night readings, a Small Press Fair and several workshops. Some of the best poetry minds in the bioregion will gather, discuss this place and begin to better understand Cascadia and our role here. The festival was founded by SPLAB, a Seattle-based non-profit organization founded in 1993.

The next iteration of the festival happens October 12-15, 2017 at various Tacoma venues.

CPF4 in Seattle, Nov 2016, happened at Spring Street Center. See the schedule here.

The first iteration happened in 2012. Cascadia 2 happened at Seattle U and Spring Street Center in Seattle (2014) and Cascadia 3 was staged in Nanaimo, BC, in 2015 by David Fraser and a dedicated local organizing committee. CPF4 happened Nov 3-6, 2016 at Spring Street Center and other Seattle venues.

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Photo of Yvonne Blomer by Faiza Sultan, Nanaimo 2015

Photo of Yvonne Blomer by Faiza Sultan, Nanaimo 2015