Bioregional Cultural Investigation

We do what we know before we know what we do–  Charles Olson.

Make It True CoverLittle did I know in 2012 that the first Cascadia Poetry Festival would be the start of a 20 year bioregional cultural investigation of Cascadia and that a poetry anthology, two more fests, many interviews and a MOOC would also happen in such a short period of time with such little institutional funding. But thanks to poets interested in this work, like Jared Leising, Nadine Antoinette Maestas, Joe Chiveney, Barry McKinnon, George Stanley, Judith Roche, Ursula Vaira and many others, it has happened. There are 16 years to go but tomorrow (Thursday, March 3rd at 11am) as part of the MOOC, we’ll live stream a panel with Judith, Nadine and Barry. See:…/cascadiacc/courses/innovative-casc…

Cascadia Reading & MOOC Celebration PosterAnd in the evening (7pm 3.3.16) we’ll have a reading/celebration here at my new home in the Angeline in the heart of historic Columbia City with Barry McKinnon, Judith Roche and Bill Mawhinney. Thanks to everyone who is making this happen.…/mckinnon-roche-and-mawhinn…/

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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