Final Cascadia Poetry Festival Preparation

March 16, 2012
Sam Hamill

Sam Hamill

Here are a few highlights, with links, to events of the Cascadia Poetry Festival. Please be aware that Gold Passes are now extremely limited and they may be sold out by March 24th. Guarantee a spot by registering now. The badges are VERY cool, and get you into every reading and workshop. PLUS, they are the ONLY way to get into the exclusive morning sessions.

Sam Hamill reads and gives a talk A Place of Sense  on Cascadia Poetry Culture, Sunday night at 6:30. It is made possible by Poets & Writers. Richard Olafson will read before Sam Hamill. There is open mic at 8P Sunday night hosted by Breadline co-host Alex Bleecker.

Kathleen Flenniken

The new Poet Laureate of Washington State, Kathleen Flenniken, will be part of a a reading from: Introducing A Sense of Place: The Washington State Geospatial Poetry Anthology. This is hosted by editor Katharine Whitcomb at 4PM Sunday.

Maleea Acker

Our keynote reading Saturday at 7:30 features: Dan Raphael, Tim McNulty, Judith Roche, Trevor Carolan & Maleea Acker.

dan raphael

Trevor Carolan

Trevor Carolan

Judith Roche hosts a workshop Sunday from 1-3P at SPLAB, made possible by Humanities Washington:

POETICS OF PLACE: A RIVER RUNS THROUGH US (Sunday, March 25, 1-3P at SPLAB, made possible by Humanities Washington)

In this hands-on poetry-writing workshop, award-winning poet Judith Roche will offer her extensive experiences reading, writing and teaching poetry. Participants will learn to express the “feel” of their natural surroundings – whether they are the lush farms of the Palouse or the evergreen forests of the Olympic Peninsula – and learn the building blocks for successful poetry writing. Judith will help build skills to use memories, experiences and sense of place as a basis for writing poems

Judith Roche

Judith Roche Bio

Judith Roche is the author of three poetry collections, most recently, Wisdom of the Body.  Black Heron Press. and editor of First Fish, First People: Salmon Tales of the North Pacific Rim, both have been American Book Award recipients. She was Distinguished Northwest Writer at Seattle University  2007,  Literary Director Emeritus for One Reel, and a Fellow in the Black Earth Institute.  She has taught extensively in adult and juvenile prisons, and taught poetry workshops throughout the country.


Workshop with dan raphael, Reading in the Rain will help make you more aware of how to perform your work, and provide some tools, tricks and perspectives.  Not that there’s a Cascadian style of poetry performance, but if there was it would have elements of story-telling, using your outside voice, gliding through hecklers and working in a variety of environments. Poets tend to be the quiet observer, but the words you write will show you how to say them. Bring another poet’s poem you like, and a couple of your own; be ready to move around a little. 4:30 – 6:30, Saturday, March 24, 2012 at SPLAB.

dan raphael has been active on the Portland poetry scene for over 3 decades as poet, performer, editor and reading arranger (including a monthly series that ran 13 years downtown.)  The State I’m In is his 18th & newest book, while last September’s Impulse & Warp: The Selected 20th Century Poems, includes work from his first 13 collections. Children of the Blue Supermarket, a CD of performances with jazz saxophonist Rich Halley and drummer Carson Halley, was released in February. Current poems appear in Rattapallax, Otoliths, Raft, Heavy Bear and Caliban. He has performed at places like Bumbershoot, Wordstock, Powell’s Books, Red Sky Poetry Theatre, Eastern Oregon U and the Portland Jazz Festival.



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