Launch of 56 Days

The anthology 56 Days of August: Poetry Postcards is out in the world and the three co-editors were among the poets reading from the book and discussing their practice of creating, composing and mailing poetry postcards. Ina Roy-Faderman, Judy Kleinberg and your humble narrator joined Joanna Thomas, Matt Trease, Eugenia Hepworth-Petty and Carolyn Adams last night at King’s Books in Tacoma for the first event in the 5th Cascadia Poetry Festival.

One delight was hearing the poems in the voices of the poets who wrote them, and another was meeting poets who have only been known as correspondents for as long as the eleven years the August Poetry Postcard Fest has been happening.

Paul E Nelson (Photo by Ina Roy-Faderman

The book will be available at the fest, via the website: and through the IndieGoGo campaign which features perks from Brenda Hillman, Michael McClure, Sam Hamill, George Stanley, original cover art and other items:

Other festival events today:

Friday, October 13, 2017

9am-2pm – Youth Poetry Day (presented by Write253): A day of workshops, community building, and open mics. Free and open to middle/high school students in Pierce County. Lunch is provided. For information on how to bring a group from your school, email Michael Haeflinger at (location, tba)

3-5pm – Living Room: a free, democratic reading for poets to read their original work in a circle format with other poets. Limit 40 participants. Host Connie Walle of the Puget Sound Poetry Connection. (State History Museum Auditorium.)

7:30 Main Stage: Readings featuring scheduled poets: Patricia Smith, Bruce Weigl, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Lucia Misch and Philip Red Eagle.  MC – Jared Leising.

10pm – Tribute to Grunge, featuring Gretta Harley, dan raphael, Jennifer RobinDavid Fewster, Heidi Fosner and others, hosted by Hamish Todd. (Harmon Barrel Room, 1938 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA.)

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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