Claustrophobia 5: The Overflowing Patio

Claustrophobia 5

Saturday, June 23, 2012,


Rachel Hug’s House: 4219 Letitia Av S (Lower Unit)

Readers: Emily Kendal Frey, Paul Nelson, Kate Lebo

I am so psyched to be reading with Emily and Kate. I hope Kate brings pie. I hope Emily brings my copy of her chapbook that I left in Portland. I’ll be reading work written at my two recent residencies for Pig War & Other Songs of Cascadia. It is a small place, so come early. Thank you Rachel and Graham for inviting me. Maybe Jarret Middleton will walk the block from his house to hear these poems. What will we do after the reading?


About Splabman

Paul Nelson is founder of SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) in Seattle, the Cascadia Poetry Festival and the August POetry POstcard Fest (PoPo). He has published a collection of essays, Organic Poetry & a serial poem re-enacting the history of Auburn, WA, A Time Before Slaughter (shortlisted for a 2010 Genius Award by The Stranger) and American Sentences, a book of 17 syllable poems drawn from the first fourteen of his 20 years of daily practice. The tenth anniversary edition of that book includes Pig War: & Other Songs of Cascadia. He’s interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Wanda Coleman, Anne Waldman, Sam Hamill, Robin Blaser, Nate Mackey, Eileen Myles, George Bowering, Diane di Prima, Brenda Hillman, George Stanley, Joanne Kyger & many Cascadia poets (see: has presented his poetry and poetics in London, Brussels, Bothell, Cumberland, BC, Qinghai and Beijing, China, Lake Forest, Illinois, Ukiah, CA, and other places & writes an American Sentence every day.
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