Zen, Bioregionalism & Poetry

Upcoming poetry events are for people who are interested in the intersection of poetry and Zen and poetry and bioregionalism.

Norman Schaefer

April 11, at 7:30pm, the Seattle University Eco-Sangha presents Norman Schaefer, who will read in WYCKOFF AUDITORIUM on the campus of Seattle University. Gary Snyder writes that many of Norman Schaefer’s poems “are physical, muscular, gritty, and full of fresh air. I know of nobody else who catches the feel of the high country rocks, trails, and winds with the immediacy that Norman does. Some are at night, cold, and hungry, but they are always quietly joyful. A story of his life and his practice of walking in the Sierra weaves through the poems. Norman has given much of his life to this mountain walking. Yet he is not a single-minded fanatic—just a dedicated person (in the old style) of the Way. And as it works out, a fine poet as well.” Norman Schaefer’s celebrated books of poetry include Fool’s Gold, The Sunny Top of California: Sierra Nevada Poems & a Story, and Wind in the Pines. Free and Open to the Public

Michael Daley

April 18, at 7:30pm, one of the first wave of poet/bioregionalists in Washington, Michael Daley reads at Seattle U, presented by the campus Eco-Sangha. Michael Daley was born and raised in Dorchester, Massachusetts, and is a retired teacher. His collections of poetry are: The Straits, To Curve, Moonlight in the Redemptive Forest, and Of a Feather. He’s a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and holds an MFA from the University of Washington. His work has been awarded by Seattle Arts Commission, Artist Trust, The Fessenden Foundation, The National Endowment of the Humanities, Fulbright and the Robert Sund Poets House. He’s also published a book of essays, Way Out There; two books of translation, and several chapbooks. His poems, essays and stories have appeared in American Poetry Review, The Hudson Review, The North American Review, Rhino, Gargoyle, Prairie Schooner, Seattle Review, Raven Chronicles and elsewhere. His next collection, True Heresies, is forthcoming from Cervena Barva Press in Boston. He lives near Deception Pass. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

May 9-12, 2019, SPLAB presents the Cascadia Poetry Festival, in Anacortes, WA. The fest is part of a long-term bioregional cultural investigation being led by SPLAB, and will feature a the launch of two anthologies, three workshops, a panel on Translation as a Political Act and a panel on Cascadian Zen facilitated by Seattle Eco-Sangha founder Jason Wirth as part of the event’s tribute to Sam Hamill. More information is HERE and Gold Passes for admission to all events are $25 and available at: Brown Paper Tickets.

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 wrote 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.) 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, has presented his poetry and poetics in London, Brussels, Qinghai and Beijing, China, Lake Forest, Illinois and other places & writes an American Sentence every day. www.PaulENelson.com
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