Gathering at the intersection of bioregionalism and poetry
Poet/interviewer Paul Nelson founded SPLAB & the Cascadia Poetry Festival, published: American Sentences (Apprentice House 2015); A Time Before Slaughter (Apprentice House, shortlisted for a 2010 Genius Award by The Stranger) and Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies (essay, Lumme Editions, Brazil, 2013).
He’s interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Sam Hamill, José Kozer, Robin Blaser, Nate Mackey, Joanne Kyger, George Bowering, Brenda Hillman and Daphne Marlatt, presented poetry/poetics in London, Brussels, Qinghai & Beijing, China, and published work in Golden Handcuffs Review, Zen Monster and Hambone. Awarded The Capilano Review’s 2014 Robin Blaser Award, he writes an American Sentence every day.
Finally the videos shot at the 4th Cascadia Poetry Festival, Nov 3-6, 2016, at Spring Street Center, have been uploaded and we’ve documented some of the most important events. Huge thanks to Ra’anan David for his expert videography.
Thursday Night Main Stage, featuring: Valerie Segrest, invocation/welcome to Muckleshoot/ Duwamish territory; Sarah deLeeuw, Peter Munro; Marilyn Stablein, Daphne Marlatt. Emcee Thomas Walton.
The focus of the next Cascadia Poetry Festival will be Tacoma native Richard Brautigan. His daughter Ianthe Brautigan, CA Conrad, Joanne Kyger, Tod Marshall and UK Brautigan scholar John Tanner are all scheduled to participate.
Yesterday I came across a bog post about Brautigan which linked to rare video of the poet. Click on the classic collage photograph to get to the post.
This workshop will be useful to writers, artists and anyone interested in discovering alternative ways to display work either in unique one-of-a-kind presentations or to consider ways to self publish small editions of their writing, art or a combination of both. The workshop will begin with a presentation of three basic book structures that anyone can make. We will then make the books and discuss optional ways to illustrate or insert personal memorabilia and/or written work. Writing examples could be a poem, a favorite quotation, or an excerpt from a travel or nature journal. Another option is to leave the books blank for future projects or to give as gifts.
The skills you learn—how to make an accordion book, a pamphlet stitched chapbook and a folded structure—will be useful in many other creative projects.
Marilyn Stablein, poet and artist,exhibits her artist books in museums, libraries, and galleries in the US and abroad. Her work is included in Lark’s 1000 Artist Books,Lark’s 500 Artists Books and in magazines (Raven Chronicles, Rattle Magazine, Gargoyle, & Kyoto Review.)A monograph Bind, Alter, Fold: Artist Books recently published by Book Arts Editions, was featured in the Vancouver Canada Sun, Guild of Bookworkers news and Bound and Lettered Magazine. Her books include Sleeping in Caves: A Himalayan Memoir; a collection of environmental essays set in the Northwest, Climate of Extremes: Landscape and Imagination and Splitting Hard Ground which won the New Mexico Book Award and the National Federation of Press Women Book Award. Visit: marilynstablein.com
Poetic habitat now is a workshop to be conducted by legendary Canadian poet and feminist Daphne Marlatt. The workshop happens as part of the 4th Cascadia Poetry Festival at 9am on Friday, November 4, 2016, at Spring Street Center. Class size is limited to 15 participants and two people for auditing purposes. Cost is $80 and Gold Pass holders are given priority. More info here.Registration here. From Daphne’s description:
What might a biocentric poem look and sound like? What would happen to a writer’s subjectivity in such writing? How might what Denise Levertov calls “the poetry of linguistic impulse” enact the habitat of both poem and earth/world?Bring a poem (in any form) you might have written in response to these open-ended questions.We will explore what such questions and their concerns bring up in the process of writing.
For the first year SPLAB is participating in the Seattle Foundation’s Give Big program. The Seattle Foundation was a supporter of SPLAB from back in our Auburn days (1997-2004), and our 2016 goal is modest, $3,500.
We want to guarantee a sold-out house for the 4th Cascadia Poetry Festival in Seattle, November 3-6, at Spring Street Center. We have secured a remarkable lineup: Brenda Hillman, Daphne Marlatt, Colleen McElroy, Sam Hamill, Roger Fernandez, Sarah DeLeeuw, Janie Miller, Peter Munro, Judith Roche, Marilyn Stablein and others in the intimate setting of the Spring Street Center for Mainstage readings, the Living Room democratic reading, panels, workshops and a tribute to Denise Levertov, including a ritual walk to her grave in Lake View Cemetery.
Our goal is 100 contributions of at least $35, which will guarantee the giver a Gold Pass to attend all festival events.* Please consider supporting this work via Give Big, as festival tickets will not be available until July 4 and thanks in advance for your support of the work of SPLAB since the founding of the organization in 1993. Other sponsorship levels: $100 – Small Press Sponsorship, $500 – Douglas Fir Sponsor, $1000 – Red Cedar Sponsor.
*Space is limited in the venue, so please arrive early to ensure a good seat.
The 4th Cascadia Poetry Festival is set for November 3-6, 2016 at Spring Street Center in Seattle. Capacity of the venue is 80 and so Gold Passes will be at a premium. They will go on sale in the next couple of months and will be $35 for every fest event except for workshops, which are to be announced soon.
The Local Organizing Committee will meet Saturday, January 9, 2016, at 1pm. If you are interested in being part of the group that makes this iteration of the fest happen, please get in touch with Festival Founder, Paul Nelson at (206) 422.5002.
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