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CPF-Anacortes 2019 May 9-12

Cascadia Poetry Festival-Anacortes 2019: A Tribute to Sam Hamill

See the schedule here.

The Cascadia Poetry Festival returns May 9-12, 2019, in Anacortes, Washington! All events except workshops will happen at the Croatian Cultural Center, 801 5th Street in Anacortes. Gold Passes are $25 and admit the holder to all events except Steve Kuusisto’s master workshop. The first 45 Gold Pass holders can also register for one of the free workshops. In addition to a tribute to Sam Hamill, poet, editor, translator and Co-Founder of Copper Canyon Press, there will be the launch of two anthologies, the Samthology for Sam Hamill and a bilingual poetry anthology in Spanish and English, Make It True meets Medusario. Among the scheduled poets are José Kozer (winner of the 2013 Neruda Award from the Chilean government), Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna, Copper Canyon Press co-founder William O’Daly, Shin Yu Pai, Stephen Collis, Tim McNulty, Stephen Kuusisto, Rebecca Seiferle, Ian Boyden, Lyn Coffin and Kent Johnson. There will be a shakuhachi flute performance by longtime Hamill collaborator Christopher Yohmei Blasdel. Gold passes admit you to all events except master workshops, are $25 & on sale.

Two Anthologies Launched at CPF

This year’s Cascadia Poetry Festival will feature the launch of TWO anthologies. One is a tribute to Sam, called the Samthology, with work in Spanish, French and English:

Introduction by Cate Gable
Drinking at Sundown by Alexis Bernaut
Buvant Au Couchant by Alexis Bernaut
學柯 Study The Axe Handle by Ian Boyden
samimmemorial by Lyn Coffin
Getting to Know Sam (and two other poems)by Leszek Chudziński
Letter from Boston by Michael Daley
Blasphemy by Martín Espada
Milosz and Hamill by Cate Gable
Coast Chronicles: Loose in Paris with a Fugitive Poet by Cate Gable
Paris, July 1, 2016: Letter to Sam by Cate Gable
The Next Garden by Kim Goldberg
Temple of the Word: What Sam Hamill Asked of Poetry by Shaun T. Griffin
From Paragraphs from a Day-Book by Marilyn Hacker
Homenaje A Sam Hamill by José Kozer
Tribute to Sam Hamill Translated from the Spanish by Raúl Sánchez
A Devotional for Sam Hamill: Habitude by Stephen Kuusisto
Interview with Sam Hamill by Paul E Nelson
Old Friend by Paul E Nelson
Letter to Sam Hamill by Paul E Nelson
A Simple Gift by William O’Daly
Habitation by Thomas H. Pruiksma
The Calling by Heidi Seaborn
A Pair of Hanging Scrolls: Landscape and Couplet of Chinese Verse (late 18th century)
by Ike Taiga by Rebecca Seiferle
Nine Bows for a Brother Monk by Karma Tenzing Wangchuk……

The Samthology will be launched Saturday, May 11, 2019, at 7pm at the Croatian Cultural Center, 801 5th Street in Old Town Anacortes.

Make It True meets Medusario is a mash-up of two previous anthologies. Medusario is a seminal documentation of the neobarroco school of Latin American poetry.From José Kozer’s essay THE NEO-BAROQUE: A CONVERGING IN LATIN AMERICAN POETRY:

A Neo-Baroque poet… tends not to stay within a given framework but rather, I would say, is all over the place. He deals in abrupt syntax, displacement, and a non-systematic system that can be found, mutatis mutandis, in the poetry of Olson and Zukofsky. The space of the Neo-Baroque poet is splintered. It has, of course, its own logic, a logic that includes, and at times prefers, the illogical, in the way an atheist includes God in his thoughts.

And from Matthew Trease’s brilliant introduction to Make it True meets Medusario:

The starting point was envisaged as a bringing together of the poetry communities represented by two earlier anthologies: Medusario : muestra de poesía latinoamericana (Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1996), an anthology of Latin American Neobarroco poets that Kozer had co-edited, and Make It True: Poetry from Cascadia (Leaf Press, 2015), a bioregional poetry anthology of which Nelson was a co-editor. In the mid-1990s, Medusario brought together a generation of Latin American poets who had been breaking with the work of forebearers like Pablo Neruda and Ernesto Cardenal, and instead drew a lineage that reflected more the neo-baroque tendencies of Cuban poet José Lezama Lima and Brazilian proto-concretist Haroldo De Campos. Much like Donald Allen’s groundbreaking New American Poetry did for post-war American poets, Medusario established a new potential lineage for Spanish and Portuguese speaking poets that included much of the poly-vocal and paratactic experiments of high Modernism along with the meter and imagery of English Metaphysical poets and the bards of the Spanish Golden Century Baroque.

Poets included in MmM:

Translated by Alejandro Carrillo and Dana Nelson.

NEO-BARROCO (Medusario) poets include: Carmen Berenguer, Marosa Di Giorgio, Roberto Echavarren, Eduardo Espina, Reynaldo Jiménez, Tamara Kamenszain, José Kozer, Pedro Marqués de Armas, Maurizio Medo, Néstor Perlongher, Soleida Ríos, Roger Santiváñeaz, and Raúl Zurita

CASCADIANS (Make It True) poets include: Stephen Collis, Elizabeth Cooperman, Sarah de Leeuw, Claudia Castro Luna, Nadine Maestas, Peter Munro, Paul E Nelson, John Olson, Shin Yu Pai, Clea Roberts, Cedar Sigo, Matthew Trease and Thomas Walton

There will also be a Seattle launch of Make it True meets Medusario, Sunday, May 12, at 3pm, at Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 Tenth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122.

Living Room at Cascadia Poetry Festival

The Cascadia Poetry Festival, May 9-12, 2019, in Anacortes, WA, at the Croatian Cultural Center features academic, democratic and performative components. The democratic component is Living Room a FREE and OPEN reading where people gather to read original work to each other. This year Living Room happens from 3-5pm on Friday and Saturday during the fest. Attend all festival events by purchasing a Gold Pass for $25 while supplies last. https://cpfanacortes.brownpapertickets.com/

And see the updated schedule here.

Cascadia Translation Panel

What AMAZING panels we’ll have at the next Cascadia Poetry Festival in Anacortes, May 9-12, 2019.

Saturday May 11

Shin Yu Pai

9am – Panel One – Cascadian Zen, facilitated by Dr. Jason Tetsuzen Wirth and Shin Yu Pai, Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma and Courtney Hudak. Jason Wirth heads the Eco-Sangha at Seattle U and is author of Mountains, Rivers and the Great Earth: Reading Gary Snyder and Dōgen in an Age of Ecological Crisis. Hear an interview with him about that book here: https://www.paulenelson.com/2017/11/07/gary-snyder-dogen-jason-wirth-our-ecological-crisis/

A 2014 Stranger Genius Award nominee, Shin Yu Pai is the author of several books of poetry, including ENSO (Entre Rios Books, forthcoming), AUX ARCS (La Alameda, 2013), Adamantine (White Pine, 2010), and Equivalence (La Alameda, 2003). Her work has appeared in publications throughout the U.S., Japan, China, Taiwan, The United Kingdom, and Canada. She has been a featured presenter at national and international literary festivals including the Geraldine Dodge Poetry Festival and the Montreal Zen Poetry Festival. She has served as an artist in residence for Seattle Art Museum, Town Hall Seattle, and Pacific Science Center and is a former member of the Speakers Bureau for Humanities Washington. She lives and works in Bitter Lake. Please visit Shin Yu’s fascinating website.

Wiliam O’Daly

10:45am – Panel Two – Literary Translation as a Political Act: To Colonize or Recreate?
Literary translators do not simply translate the literal surface of a poem; they strive to embody the human experience—sensibility and sinew—of the original within the translation. To accomplish this, they must retain the integrity of their self-awareness, imagination, sensibility, and language as they actively lend those qualities to the original. This willful act of transmigration, including the host of choices translators must make, has political ramifications. The panel will explore how the translator can avoid colonizing the original poem in favor of recreating the fullest experience of it in a new body.

William O’Daly – Moderator, Ian Boyden, José Kozer, Claudia Castro Luna & Rebecca Seiferle.

Gold Passes on sale here: https://cpfanacortes.brownpapertickets.com/

The schedule in progress is here: http://cascadiapoetryfestival.org/cpf-anacortes-2019/

Steve Kuusisto Master Workshop at CPF-Anacortes

Gold Passes for the Cascadia Poetry Festival are on sale now at Brown Paper Tickets. The fest is a tribute to Sam Hamill, who died on April 14, 2018, and will start on the 76th anniversary of his birth, May 9, 2019. The festival schedule is here: http://cascadiapoetryfestival.org/cpf-anacortes-2019/ and includes three Sunday workshops, two of which are FREE to the first Gold Pass holders that register. The third is being facilitated by Sam’s close friend Steve Kuusisto:

9am Sunday: Stephen Kuusisto, (bio below) author of “Have Dog, Will Travel: A Poets Journey” will guide poets and prose writers on the techniques that help us write with clarity and honesty about animals. The aim is to avoid anthropomorphism and instead find ways to write with the real animal in mind. Cost $50. Limit 20 participants.

Workshop 2, 9-12N Sunday: Writing in the Woods. Tim McNulty and Bob Rose. Cost FREE to Gold Pass holders who are registered in advance. Limit 15 participants.

Workshop 3, 9-12N Sunday: Becoming Cascadian: Imagination of the Senses. Nadine Maestas and Jared Leising host a workshop on the Washington State Ferry. This two-hour generative workshop will engage your imagination through a sensory experience of Cascadia while riding the ferry to Friday Harbor and back. Participants will meet at the Anacortes terminal and purchase a ferry ticket. The workshop is open to the first 30 Gold Pass Members who register.

Stephen Kuusisto directs The Burton Blatt Institute’s  Interdisciplinary Programs in disability at Syracuse University where he holds a University Professorship. He is the author of the memoirs Planet of the Blind (a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year”) and Eavesdropping: A Memoir of Blindness and Listening and of the poetry collections Only Bread, Only Light,and Letters to Borges. His newest memoir, Have Dog, Will Travel: A Poet’s Journey is new from Simon & Schuster. A graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and a Fulbright Scholar, he has taught at the University of Iowa, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, and The Ohio State University. Professor Kuusisto has served as an advisor to the Metropolitan Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington DC and has appeared on numerous television and radio programs including The Oprah Winfrey Show; Dateline; All Things Considered; Morning Edition; Talk of the Nation; A & E; and Animal Planet. His essays have appeared in The New York Times; The Washington Post; Harper’s; The Reader’s Digest; and his daily blog “Planet of the Blind” is read globally by people interested in disability and contemporary culture. He is a frequent speaker in the US and abroad. His website is: www.stephenkuusisto.com

Make It True meets Medusario anthology

Make It True meets Medusario is a bilingual anthology was spawned by two previous anthologies and combined into one to initiate a dialog between Spanish language poets of the neo-barroco school, as organized by José Kozer and poets from the Cascadia bioregion, as organized by Paul E Nelson and Thomas Walton.

From the books’ introduction by Matthew Trease, the book is an effort to:

bring together poets from divergent languages, cultures, and aesthetics to create a… conversation… a fertile meeting place for ongoing ideas about poetry – something messy that might trouble the too-easy academic labels and the subsequent segregation those aesthetic and political divisions caused within the larger, global poetry community.

Poets included in the book from the neo-barroco (Medusario) side are: Carmen Berenguer, Marosa Di Giorgio, Roberto Echavarren, Eduardo Espina, Reynaldo Jiménez, Tamara Kamenszain, José Kozer, Pedro Marqués de Armas, Maurizio Medo, Soleida Ríos, Roger Santiváñez and Raúl Zurita. Cascadians (Make It True) include Stephen Collis, Elizabeth Cooperman, Sarah de Leeuw, Claudia Castro Luna, Nadine Maestas, Peter Munro, Paul E Nelson, John Olson, Shin Yu Pai, Clea Roberts, Cedar Sigo, Matthew Trease and Thomas Walton.

The book is to be launched May 2019, in Anacortes, Washington, at the Cascadia Poetry Festival and published by Pleasure Boat Studios. Festival Gold Passes go on sale March 9.

Becoming Cascadian

I sat down with Paul Nelson, SPLAB founding director, to find out about the upcoming retreat SPLAB is bringing to the Cascadia region.

First, what is Cascadia?

Cascadia is a bioregion that begins in the south at Cape Mendocino, at the beginning of the Cascadia subduction zone, goes north to Mt. Logan and includes Yakutat, Alaska, and the eastern border is mostly the Continental Divide, except in the south where the Great Basin (and Ranges) bioregion cuts out a hunk of Oregon. The definitive maps are created by David McCloskey and available at his Cascadia Institute website.

What is the Becoming Cascadian retreat?

The retreat will be held in (mostly) the Rainier Beach neighborhood in Seattle on May 31 through June 3. It’s a community-building event designed for poets, artists and bioregionalists to gather, share strategies, discuss our role as humans in this time of ecological crisis and end-stage empire. We will also make connections and support one another in our efforts to create the deepest gestures in response to this situation and how that relates to Cascadia.

Paul, you say this is a retreat. What do you mean by retreat? What makes it different from a conference?

Attendance is limited; it’s designed to be a more intimate event. We have one keynote poet. Much of the event’s agenda will be developed organically. During the opening circle Friday night, participants will be given the opportunity to offer a breakout session of their own design. Scheduling will be done via a democratic process.

Tell me a little about the keynote speaker, Andrew Schelling.

Andrew has taught at Naropa Institute for 30 years. He’s a poet and translator who taught himself Arapaho and translates Sanskrit. There’s no one alive who understands the confluence of bioregionalism and poetics better than this man. This is a unique opportunity for participants to connect with a poet working at a very deep level with a renowned commitment to place.

What should I expect from the retreat?

Most of the retreat will be held in Rainier Beach, overlooking the lake. Thursday we sit in Zazen at St. Ignatius at Seattle U. (Optional). On Friday night, there will be a dinner and opening circle, with introductions, in Rainier Beach. That’s the time participants can propose breakout sessions. Saturday will be the breakout sessions and keynote interview/discussion. Sunday is a tour of Kubota Gardens with Zen monk Dr. Jason Tetsuzen Wirth, a closing circle, and a closing reading at Open Books in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood.

I see there are public events attached to this retreat. Which are they?

Three events will open to the public: the Zen meditation session at Seattle University’s St. Ignatius Temple, the keynote discussion/interview with Andrew Schelling at Redwing Café, and the closing reading at Open Books.

OK, how do I register?

Registration is limited, and advance registration is required. The retreat is $80, plus meals. To register, send $80 through PayPal to pen (at) splab (d0t) org by May 29, 2018. Participants will received a confirmation email with all the salient details.

I’m psyched! Where can I find a schedule and more information?

You can find it on our web page Becoming Cascadian.

One last question. If there is one thing you’d like participants to walk away with from the retreat, what would it be?

To have a deep experience of place and poetics. So much in this life is superficial.

Here are some words from Paul about what he finds exciting about the event — and a link to Andrew Schelling speaking at Seattle University on February 20.

by Lisa Fusch Krause

Thank you sponsors!

Reviews of CPF5, Tacoma 2017

Humanities WA

Some reviews of CPF5 (Tacoma, WA, Oct 12-15, 2017) by some participants:

I’ve been to many poetry festivals over the years, and the Cascadia Festival is one of the best at combining literary energy with explorations of environmental, political, historical, and sociological pursuits with a general celebration of poetry.  The invited poets offered a wonderful representation of the diversity of our bioregion—as did the poetics of the works shared.  There were youth events, Veteran events, “living room readings” (that featured festival poets and anyone from the community could share work in).  The WA historical piece embodied by the celebration of Richard Brautigan, the consistent return to thinking about poetry and the environment, the involvement of young poets, older poets:  really, I cannot articulate how generous and egalitarian and stimulating the festival is.  Truly, The Cascadia Poetry festival is a great thing for 

Tod Marshall Photo by Amy Sinisterra

Humanities WA and Arts WA to be a sponsor of—to put it simply, The Festival repped well and did both organizations proud!  I was glad to be there for it and am eager for the next one.

Tod Marshall
Washington Poet Laureate

 

…It was a weekend’s concentration of poetry, poetics, disaster, disability, old age, young age, woundedness, healing, gathering, dispersing, and energy-producing.  This was among the instabilities of the northwest coast Cascadian geography, and its history of conquest and adaptation.  In fact, adaptation seemed to be an underlying theme–a positive theme–of the festival.  Adaptation includes laughter, description, mourning, love, acknowledgement, and recognition.  There was great poetry at this festival and it was brilliantly and respectfully organized.  For myself, I also really appreciated being put up in a comfortable hotel room (with a view of Mt. Rainier) within walking distance of the venue, the venue itself (historical, dignified), and the courtesies and kindnesses extended by Paul and Dale and Bhakti and others working at the festival…  

thanks, and talk soon,

Sharon Thesen
Kelowna, BC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul,

Thank you again for organizing the Cascadia event (a much needed injection of creative energy & community in these bleak times) and especially for getting Michael McClure on the state history museum stage. That was a great setting for a poet of his stature. 

Your (Persian Pony by Michael McClure) introduction is great, dude. It’s a marvelous distillation of the McClurean aesthetic & disposition. I’ve always admired your stunning clarity. One sentence in particular, “McClure’s poetic courage plumbs the depths of perception, achieves a precision of luminous details, a striking originality, and a range of expression form the cosmic to the microscopic,” is an excellent summation of McClure’s oceanic scope. Reading him always gives me a more acute sensation of being alive, having a physical presence especially, as well as a strong undercurrent transcendent force. Your intro encapsulates that quality with pith & mammalian warmth.

Painful to see Michael adjusting to what I assume is a recent hip replacement. Getting old sucks. But what a tour de force to get on stage and immediately begin reciting Chaucer from memory. Jesus, that’s amazing… 

It was also really nice talking with Bhakti.

John Olson

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Videos from CPF5, Tacoma 2017

Thanks to Ra’anan David, video of the main events from the 5th Cascadia Poetry Festival, held October 12-15, 2017, in Tacoma, are now online:

7:30 Friday Main Stage: Readings featuring scheduled poets: Patricia Smith, Bruce Weigl, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Lucia Misch and Philip Red Eagle. MC – Jared Leising.

War Poetry/ Veterans Panel. MC – Abby Murray. Scheduled panelists, Philip Red Eagle, Bruce Weigl, Doug Johnson, Gary Copeland Lilley & Simone Gorrindo.

Tacoma’s Richard Brautigan: Life and Legacy Panel. MC – Nadine Antoinette Maestas. Scheduled panelists: Ianthe Brautigan, CAConrad, Tod Marshall and John Tanner.

Saturday Main Stage: Readings featuring scheduled poets: Ianthe Brautigan, C.A. Conrad, Sharon Thesen, Gary Lilley and Tod Marshall. MC – Thomas Walton.

Brautigan/Bernstein Plaque Unveiling:

Closing reading, Michael McClure, 5 days before he turned 85 years old.

5TH CASCADIA POETRY FESTIVAL TO BE HELD OCTOBER 12-15 IN TACOMA

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5TH CASCADIA POETRY FESTIVAL TO BE HELD OCTOBER 12-15 IN TACOMA

Public Readings, Workshops, Beat legend Michael McClure & tribute to Richard Brautigan

Seattle, WA, June 21, 2017—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. On October 12-15 2017, the 5th festival will take place in Tacoma, WA, at the Washington State History Museum and other venues. (This year marks the first year of a merger of the Cascadia Poetry Festival and the Tacoma Poetry Festival, the latter which was staged twice in Tacoma.)

Michael McClure, CAConrad, Ianthe Brautigan, Patricia Smith, Bruce Weigl, Washington Poet Laureate Tod Marshall, Sharon Thesen, Lucia Misch and Lorna Dee Cervantes are among the confirmed performers/participants. The festival will honor the memory of Richard Brautigan with a tribute on Saturday October 14, and a plaque dedication on Sunday October 15. There will also be a Tribute to Grunge, Friday, October 13, at 10pm, at the Harmon Barrel Room hosted by Hamish Todd. Full schedule at: www.cascadiapoetryfestival.org/2017-schedule/.

A $25.00 Gold Pass provides access to all festival events EXCEPT for workshops, which must be booked separately. (Although there are discounts on some workshops, and some are even free if you buy your gold pass early!) Due to overwhelming demand, workshops will ONLY be open to Gold Pass holders. Tickets can be purchased beginning July 12, 2017 via Brown Paper Tickets: http://cpf5.bpt.me

Admission to single events is $10 at the door.

As in prior incarnations of the festival, Living Room, a free, democratic reading for poets to read their original work in a circle format with other poets, will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 3-5pm.

The launch of the anthology 56 Days of August: Poetry Postcards is Thursday, October 12, at King’s Books, 218 St Helens Ave Tacoma, WA, at 7pm and is free.

Saturday’s highlights include a War Poetry/Veterans Panel, Richard Brautigan Life & Legacy Panel. Sunday there are five workshops offered: Patricia Smith: Writing on the Other Side of the Wall, Tod Marshall: Finding Cascadia in Poetry, Laura Krughoff/Renee Simms: Tacoma Writers Resist, CAConrad: Karma Harvest A (Soma)tic Poetry Workshop, and Ianthe Brautigan: Memoir Workshop.

Each night of the festival features main stage readings by distinguished participants, and Michael McClure closes out the festival at 6pm Sunday. An award-winning American poet, playwright, songwriter, and novelist, he was one of the five poets who participated in the Six Gallery reading that featured the public debut of Allen Ginsberg’s landmark poem “Howl.” A key figure of the Beat Generation, McClure is immortalized as Pat McLear in Jack Kerouac’s novels The Dharma Bums and Big Sur.

The Cascadia Poetry Festival was founded by SPLAB, a Seattle-based non-profit organization founded in 1993. www.splab.org

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For more information, contact Paul Nelson at 206-422-5002 or splabman@gmail.com.