A last few reviews of the last Cascadia Poetry Festival are coming in to SPLAB HQ near the herons, osprey, swallows and hummingbirds and they are being posted on the fest website here: http://cascadiapoetryfestival.org/cpf-anacortes-2019-reviews/
The Cascadia Poetry Festival is absolutely unique, offering both attention to local conditions (both social and geograpical/ecological), and to general matters of aesthetics (what poetry is up to right now–what matters to poets, and how are they responding to what matters). I know of few communities like this in the world – the other I am familiar with is in the UK: open, focused, exploratory, welcoming, democratic and engaged to its very core. The Cascadia Poetry Festival is a vital necessity.
– Stephen Collis
The festival programs consisted of readings and discussion panels by well-known, accomplished poets and writers who were colleagues, collaborators and friends of the late poet Sam Hamill. The connection with Sam was in fact the theme of the festival, but the festival discourse, especially the panels, took on a life of its own and developed into a series of heartfelt discussions about Zen, the strength and frailties of the human spirit and the nature of ones relationship with those whom we admire…
– Christopher Yohmei Blasdel
And here are some of the videos, captured and expertly edited by Leopoldo Seguel, with our huge gratitude: