The 4th Cascadia Poetry Festival will happen Nov 3-6, 2016 in Seattle at the Spring Street Center. Daphne Marlatt, Brenda Hillman, Sam Hamill, Colleen McElroy, Marilyn Stablein, Judith Roche, Janie Miller, Roger Fernandez, Tim McNulty, Erin Fristad, Jordan Abel and Peter Munro are among the confirmed performers. The festival will honor the memory of Denise Levertov and there will be a ritual walk to her grave on Sunday morning. Michael Pilarski will lead also lead a wildcrafting workshop on Sunday morning Nov 6.

More details coming soon.


Photo of Yvonne Blomer by Faiza Sultan, Nanaimo 2015

Photo of Yvonne Blomer by Faiza Sultan, Nanaimo 2015

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 and the first iteration happened in 2012. Cascadia 2 happened at Seattle U and Spring Street Center in Seattle and Cascadia 3 was staged in Nanaimo, BC, in 2015 by David Fraser and a dedicated local organizing committee.

Plans are being made to stage a smaller version of the festival in late Fall 2016 in Seattle and if you have interest in being on the local steering committee, please contact Festival Founder, Paul Nelson splabman (at) gmail (dot) com.

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Videos of some of the 2015 events are embedded here along with the schedule: http://cascadiapoetryfestival.org/2015-nanaimo