Anne Padilla and I are facilitating, preparing to make this event happen for the first time in Seattle. (The international event is back for its second annual iteration.) It is being sponsored by SICA, the Subud International Cultural Association, with poetry being the main vehicle by which people express their desire for peace, in all of its manifestations. https://www.poems-for-peace.org/ Bring a dish to share at 6:30. Confirmed readers so far include: Ibtihal Mahmood and Faiza Sultan.
Poets involved in the recently concluded August Poetry Postcard Fest have been invited and the event will happen in the Chapel of the Subud House/Spring Street Center, 1101 15th in Seattle, at 15th & Spring. There will also be music and dance performance and a collaborative poem composed at the event as a Prayer for Peace. Meena Rose will display some of her Visual Peace Poetry. We hope to see you. – Paul Nelson
Meena Rose 1
Meena Rose 2
لِنَمنَح الحربَ فُرصة Let’s Give War a Chance (excerpt)
Paul Nelson is founder of SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) in Seattle, the Cascadia Poetry Festival and the August POetry POstcard Fest (PoPo). www.POPO.cards. 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: https://paulenelson.com/americanprophets/) 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. www.PaulENelson.com