CPF-Anacortes 2019

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

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. In addition to a tribute to Sam Hamill, there will be the launch of two anthologies, one a festschrift for Sam and one, a bilingual poetry anthology in Spanish and English, Make It True meets Medusario. Among the confirmed poets scheduled poets are José Kozer (winner of the 2013 Neruda Award from the Chilean government), Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro LunaShin Yu Pai, Stephen Collis, Susan Griffin, Tim McNulty, William O’DalyStephen Kuusisto, Rebecca Seiferle, E.J. Koh, Ian Boyden and others to be announced. Gold passes, admission to all event except master workshops, will be $25 and go on sale March 9, 2019.

SCHEDULE (subject to change)

May 9 at 7pm – Thursday night’s opening event will feature Reverend Lawrence Koichi Barrish of Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America in Granite Falls, WA, discussing saké as a sacrament in the Shinto Tradition and a tasting provided by SakeOne Brewery, makers of Momokawa. Shakuhachi Master and frequent collaborator with Sam Hamill, Christopher Yohmei Blasdel will perform in honor of Sam, as will longtime friends of Sam, poet and translator William O’Daly, Rebecca Seiferle and emcee Steven Kuusisto.

Friday May 10

3-5pm – Living Room: an open and democratic reading where people read their original work in a circle. FREE

7pm – Launch of Make it True meets Medusario, an international bilingual (English & Spanish) poetry anthology, with readings by participants including José Kozer (Florida), Shin Yu Pai (Seattle), Claudia Castro Luna (Seattle), Stephen Collis (Delta, BC), Elizabeth Cooperman (Seattle) and others, hosted by Thomas Walton, anthology co-editor.

Saturday May 11

9am – Panel One – Cascadian Zen, facilitated by Dr. Jason Tetsuzen Wirth and Shin Yu Pai. Panel members TBA.

10:45am – Panel Two – Translation, facilitated by William O’Daly, with Ian Boyden, José Kozer, Claudia Castro Luna, EJ Koh and Rebecca Seiferle.

3-5pm – Living Room: an open and democratic reading where people read their original work in a circle. FREE

7pm – Launch of Samthology: Festschrift for Sam Hamill, with Stephen Kuusisto, Tim McNulty, Susan Griffin, Ian Boyden, others.

9:30pm – After Party – Poets of a wide variety of genres reading ONE POEM EACH, hosted by Matt Trease.

Sunday – 9am – 12N workshops TBA.

Workshop 1, 9am Sunday: Stephen Kuusisto, 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.

Sam Hamill by Ian Boyden