Happiness & Spirituality

my friend Jason Wirth is producing a couple of worthwhile events:

Happiness & Spirituality

How the concept of Gross National Happiness intertwines with Vajrayana Buddhism

Lopen Gem Dorji (Gembo)
Current Advisor and Former Secretary General of the Central Monk Body in Thimphu, Bhutan

on the campus of Seattle University

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT DR. JASON M. WIRTH (wirthj (@) seattleu (dot) edu) Sponsored by the Seattle University EcoSangha and the Seattle University Department of Philosophy with the cooperation of the Northwest Zen Community and Eishoji Soto Zen Temple. (pdf)


The Seattle University EcoSangha

and the Seattle University Philosophy Department present

David McCloskey

David McCloskey

Coming Home: A New Map Telling A New Story of this Place!”

The Salish Sea and Surrounds and How It Came to Be

David McCloskey, a pioneering thinker of the bioregion and culture of Cascadia, will present and discuss his new map of “The Ish River-Lillooet Country with The Salish Sea”

7 PM on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2019
in Wyckoff Auditorium on the campus of Seattle University
free and open to the public


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The Cards I Got (APPF13 2019)

I have been holding off on taking and posting my annual picture of poetry postcards received during this year’s August Poetry Postcard Fest. If I counted right, I got 62 cards:

This is a shot taken Friday, September 13, 2019, and it does not do justice to the cards, so I also took a video:

There is a post featuring some of the afterwords of participants here at a revitalized 56 Days of August blog:


There will be some news about a second edition of the Poetry Postcard anthology.

And Rattle Magazine is taking submissions for a special edition of Postcard Poetry! (Yes, it’s a thing.)

Rattle Magazine Postcard Poetry Submissions

Rattle Magazine Postcard Poetry Submissions

Our Summer 2020 issue will feature to Postcard Poems. The poems may be any style or subject, but must have been written on and be accompanied by a related postcard. The issue itself will likely include both the poems as written on the postcards and the postcards themselves, so we need to know who created both the postcard artwork and the poem. Homemade postcards, artists you know, or public domain/Creative Commons licensed art is extremely preferred, but we’ll do our best to work with what we want to publish. Our goal is to support and encourage the act of writing poems on postcards and sharing them in this personal and intimate way. Deadline January 15, 2020.

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SPLAB @ &Now Cascadia by Anthology

&Now 2019 UW Bothell

&Now 2019 UW Bothell

I am delighted to be part of the &Now Conference, which is being staged at UW-Bothell, September 19-22, 2019, with a rather remarkable collection of “experimental” poets.Not sure what word is appropriate these days for poets who take risks in their work, in many different ways, but if that interests you, surely Bothell is the place that weekend on this continent to get a sense of what the innovators are doing.

The way they say it is:

&NOW is a biennial festival of fiction, poetry, and staged play readings; literary rituals, performance pieces (digital, sound, and otherwise), electronic and multimedia projects; and inter-genre literary work of all kinds, including criti-fictional presentations and creatively critical papers. We particularly encourage pieces that promote linguistic and genre transgressions, along with literary artworks that promote interdisciplinary explorations and conversations with past, present, or future literary concerns and movements.

I will be joined by 3 other SPLAB Board Members Friday, September 20 at 10:45am, in this:

Make it True meets MedusarioSPLAB is a Washington-based poetics-oriented non-profit organization founded in 1993. Using the tools of literature, our organization addresses the cultural, political, and social issues facing us in contemporary society, among them end-stage empire, the destruction of the biosphere, rampant xenophobia and violence and extreme income inequality. At &Now we seek to create a dialog around the anthologies we have conceived and published, how they fit into our bioregional cultural investigation: how the stance of bioregionalism is founded in sustainability (resistance to colonialism and empire, social diversity (or lack thereof); and the unique culture of Cascadia. SPLAB board members Cate Gable, Nadine Maestas, Paul E Nelson and Matt Trease will each discuss at least one of the recent publications: the Samthology, Make it True: Poetry From Cascadia, Make it True meets Medusario, American Prophets and 56 Days of August, the connections to bioregionalism and the bridges between cultures/interests/affinity groups we have sought to build via these projects. Some of our points of convergence are the specifics of location, transgender politics, serial poetics, ethnicity, and the fallibility of translation.

What: Cascadia By Anthology
When: Friday, Sept 20, 2019, 10:45am
Where: University of Washington, Bothell, 18115 Campus Way NE Bothell, WA 98011-8246

Make It True

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