Joe Chiveney and Cathy Visser

Mer, Paul, Cathy and Joe

Mer, Paul, Cathy and Joe

The SPLAB Board President, Joe Chiveney, has been an incredible asset since joining SPLAB a few years ago. I joke that non-profits should have counselors on their boards, because they are used to dysfunction. HA! Having Joe tell me when I am the crazy one and when I am not is not only good for business, but good for my mental health. (I’m usually not.)

Well, he got married yesterday to Cathy Visser and I could not be happier for them both. Mer, Ella and I attended their wedding and it was a wonderful affair with very sweet people, great food and a fine setting in downtown Olympia at a yoga studio with beautiful wooden floors. Ella had a gas hanging with one other two year old. Joe and Cathy are helping us feed our headliner poets at the upcoming Cascadia Poetry Festival and there have been nothing but rave reviews for her cooking. Below see the epithalamium I wrote for their sacred day. Many blessings Joe and Cathy and thanks for your support for all my work.

For Joe C & Cathy V on the Occasion of their Wedding

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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