Postcards in the Park

Matt Trease (Photo by Michael Dylan Welch)

Two editors of 56 Days of August and two contributors gathered yesterday at the annual Poets in the Park event in Redmond, Washington. Ina Roy-Faderman, Your Humble Narrator, Joanna Thomas and Matt Trease were the facilitators of an intimate workshop during which time we talked about the fest, how we approach it, how others have and we shared some postcard poems and tried two prompts. Well, fantastic. Our laughter could be heard to the main stage.

(Photo by Michael Dylan Welch)

Joanna had a great presentation, and when asked about posting it, she reminded me of the rule AGAINST publishing cards without the author’s permission, so you had to be there! The first page of her handout looked like this:

Matt Trease offered a look at his extensive system for the fest:

Ina and Joey provided prompts that generated some excellent work. Thanks to Michael Dylan Welch and the organizers for including our panel/workshop idea and for the photos. My gratitude to Ina, Joey and Matt for their postcard wizardry and love for this project.

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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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1 Response to Postcards in the Park

  1. kristin says:

    I think I will try that pulling parts from different sources.

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