Subud Zones Conference, U.S. National Congress

Paul Nelson, Emmanuel Williams, Helga Hale

Today ends an eleven day period during which I have been VERY BUSY with gatherings sponsored by Subud. I was “opened” in Subud on June 27, 2004 and started taking the latihan kedjiwaan very seriously in 2008. The Zones conference was a gathering of Subud members throughout the Americas and happened at UBC in Vancouver.

The 2012 Subud U.S. National Congress ended today at the Seattle Airport Marriott in SeaTac and I was the Program Coordinator for the Congress.

I facilitated a writing workshop, hosted a panel on Publishing and E-Publishing with Jarret Middleton and Aaron Talwar of Dark Coast Press and Sheryn Hara of the Book Publishers Network. I helped coordinate the entertainment for the Congress, but Halimah Collingwood did almost all of the heavy lifting. I met so many amazing Subud people from around the continent, too numerous to name and was delighted to see Shoshana Margolin elected to Chair of Subud USA.

One of the highlights was the tour of Pike Place Market, which I facilitated.

Here is my poem:   Some Things to do Giving a Tour of Pike Place Market from the experience.

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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