Vancouver/Victoria Make It True Readings

Cascadia Poetry Reading Logo2016 marks Year Four in a twenty year cultural exploration of the Cascadia bioregion. The methodology is poetry and several projects are coming to fruition. Here are some key events in that effort:


George Stanley Slide

George Stanley

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2016: Vancouver Reading.

Thursday, Jan 14, 2016: Victoria Panel and Reading. (Thank you Adelia MacWilliam.)

Monday, Jan 25, 2016: George Stanley reads at Easyspeak Hummingbird. (That George will be at our local open mic is stunning and miraculous. Thank you T. Clear and Peter Munro.)

Tuesday, Jan 26, 2016: George Stanley on panel at Cascadia College, Bothell, WA as part of the first ever MOOC on Innovative Cascadia Poetry. (Thank you Jared Leising.)

Nov 3-6, 2016, the 4th Cascadia Poetry Festival at Spring Street Center in Seattle with Brenda Hillman, Daphne Marlatt, Sam Hamill, Marilyn Stablein, Judith Roche, Peter Munro, Janie Miller, Michael Pilarski and others. (The local organizing committee meets Saturday, January 9 at 1pm. Email pen (at) splab (dot) org for more info.

The non-profit org I founded in 1993 has also established a dba to better relate the new focus of our main efforts: Cascadia Poetics LAB, and we’re working on creating one day versions of the Cascadia Poetry Festival in Olympia, Victoria, Kelowna, Eureka and Missoula.

Also, my interview project will continue, with me doing as much as I can with time and limited resources, to investigate the genius loci of Cascadia. Two interviews done in September with Cheryl Seidner of the Wiyot Tribe and Jerry Martien, a Humboldt County poet and early bioregionalist are now online. See many of the interviews I have done over the years at

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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