Gig Alert! Seattle Center, Rainier Valley, Tacoma

Gigs Ahoy! I’ll be participating in several readings over the next few weeks. I’ll have manuscript versions of Pig War & Other Songs of Cascadia and other merch.

The Four Hoarse Men

Saturday, March 7th, 2-6P at the Cornish Blackbox Theater, 201 W. Mercer at Seattle Center, I’ll be with the other members of the Four Hoarse Men, a sound poetry group, involved in Post Disciplinary Texts, an incubation collaboration with sound, movement and other artists.

Curated by Julia Greenway and Jessica Hoffman, the Cornish Playhouse Arts Incubator residency is designed to encourage artistic risk-taking by supporting artists in the creation of work that is outside the boundaries of their usual genre, discipline or comfort zone.

The theater is one block west of the corner of Mercer and 2nd Av W and downstairs and to the right. Hard to find, but this won’t be dull.

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Sunday, March 8th, from 5-8P it is the first Rainier Valley Lit Crawl. Two neighborhoods. Four venues. Fourteen writers. One night. Come to this free reading of epic proportions in a busy corner of Southeast Seattle. Event is free. Event is all ages. Each venue will have food and drink available for purchase.

rainier valley lit crawl flier 2 copyFeaturing:

Anthony Warnke, Jeremy Springsteed, Fredda Jaffe, Chris Crew, Raul SanchezLarry Crist, Kristen Young, Jeanne Morel, Greg Jensen, Molly Mac, Graham Isaac, Laura Shoemaker, Barbara Erwine and your humble narrator.  Hosted by Raanan David and Greg Bem. I will be reading at Lottie’s, site of an open mic that happened for many years in Columbia City when Lottie’s was merely a café.

Union Bar (5pm)
Afrikando Banadir (6pm)
Flying Lion Brewing (7pm)
Lottie’s Lounge (8pm)

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Monday March 9, I will emcee the EasySpeak open mic at Wedgwood Ale House with feature Ted McMahon, at 8581 35th AV N.E. in Seattle. Signup 8P, showtime 8:30..

Friday, March 13th, at King’s Books, at 7PM, the Distinguished Writer’s Series at 218 St. Helens, in Tacoma, I’ll be the featured reader at the reading series Connie Walle has been running since the late 1960s! There is open mic after the break and I hope to see you.





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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