Two Gigs This Week

I am not a fan of public readings in Seattle summer and ESPECIALLY during August, the month of POSTCARDS


here are two, one Friday night (Aug 28) and one Saturday night (Aug 29) in Seattle:

What's The Word Spokenword

An evening of spoken word and jazz, San Francisco Style. Musicians Kenny Mandell and Tim Volpicella create Soundscapes backing word masters David Fewster, Paul Nelson, Ashley DeFelice, Amanya Maloba,Kev Minh Allen,Theo Dzielak, Dobbie Reese Norris, Sara Depp and others. Free. Donations strongly encouraged.

Friday (August 28) at 7:30pm
Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Cafe
8310 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98103


Couth Buzzard

And Saturday the annual Bradner Gardens concert with Jim O’Halloran’s band and other special guests.


Bradner Gardens

Bradner Gardens

Jazz, Blues, and Poetry featuring special guests Elva Pope, vocals; and Faiza Sultan and Paul Nelson, poets.

With Jim O’Halloran, flutes; Bill Anschell, piano; Dean Schmidt, bass; Jacques Willis, drums; and Denny Stern, percussion.

6:30pm, Saturday, August 29, 2015, at Bradner Gardens Park; Bradner S. & S. Grand, Seattle, WA 98144. Pack a picnic, bring a blanket or chairs, and come enjoy an evening of great music outdoors on a full moon night!

The concert is free. The hat will be passed to help cover the cost of these excellent musicians.

Bradner Gardens Map


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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