Three Memorials for Judith Roche

Judith Roche

On December 24, 2019, the Seattle Times published its obituary for Judith Roche. An excerpt:

“My basic thing is that poetry is approaching the holy and it’s a translation of the sacred and it says the unsayable,” said Roche in a 2015 interview. “It’s an impossible task you take on saying the unsayable. To approach those feelings of sacred and try to bring them into language, but that’s the project of poetry.”

There are three events dedicated to honor the memory of this legendary Cascadian poet, teacher and literary arts organizer.

1) Sunday, January 5, 2020, at Jack Straw Cultural Center, 4261 Roosevelt Way N.E., Seattle, at 1 p.m. All are welcome to attend the event at which local writers will share memories of Jud, as some will read poems written by, or inspired by her.

2) Sunday, February 23, 2020, at the Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave.
Seattle, at 3 p.m. (Judith left her personal library to Hugo House.)

3) Monday, March 30, 2020, at the Wedgwood Alehouse, 8515 35th Ave NE
Seattle, at 8pm, as part of the Easyspeak Seattle open mic series. The signup to read poems, or short prose, starts at 7:30pm. That Judith co-founded the legendary Red Sky Poetry Theater makes this event especially appropriate.

See also:


No Map, No Jud (For Judith Roche)

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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