Cascadia Update

CPF3 LogoThe 3rd Cascadia Poetry Festival is three weeks away in Nanaimo, BC, and unlike the first two, it is in Canada and it is being run by people who attended at least one of the previous events. This is an exciting development and thanks to David Fraser, Kim Goldberg, Kim Clark, Mary Ann Moore and others on the local organizing team, this appears as it is going to be a huge success. See: for the current schedule.

Among the headliner participants are:

Sam Hamill, Brenda Hillman, Robert Bringhurst, Sharon Thesen, Susan

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Brenda Hillman City

Musgrave, George Stanley, Barry McKinnon, Anastacia Tolbert and others. See: for bios.

Among the fascinating panels includes:

11:30: – 1:00pm, Location: VIU Bldg. 355, Room 203 – Host Mary Ann Moore

Panel 5: On The Margins: who or what is ‘marginal’? Who or what is considered visible, and worthy of being historical?

Panelists: Nadine Maestas, Joanne Arnott, Janet Marie Rogers, Susan Musgrave, Renée Sarojini Saklikar

Anyone can read their own work at the Living Room Thursday through Saturday from 3-5P at the Nanaimo Museum. & there is late night programming as well, to ensure the right amount of drinking and sleep deprivation.

Soon, an update on the Cascadia Poetry Anthology, Make It True and the Cascadia Innovative Poetry MOOC.

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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