SPLAB 20 Year Bioregional Cultural Investigation

It has been the core of SPLAB’s work since 2012 to engage in a bioregional cultural investigation of Cascadia. We owe a huge debt to David McCloskey’s groundbreaking work, his evocative maps and vision and to Peter Berg’s vision and work on the concept of bioregionalism itself, which is a way of living that will need to be adopted if we are to save the biosphere and/or the species. (I know, saving the species known as “human being” is a tough sell right now, but I am perennially an optimist.)

So, I was delighted to be part of the Cascadian Zen symposium at Seattle University February 14 and 15, 2o2o, an event I helped organize with Tetsuzen Jason Wirth and Seattle poet Shin Yu Pai. My talk has been preserved on Youtube and if you open THIS PDF, you can watch the video and ACTUALLY see the slides I presented that day.

About Splabman

Paul Nelson is founder of SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) in Seattle, the Cascadia Poetry Festival and the August POetry POstcard Fest (PoPo). www.POPO.cards 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.) 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: https://paulenelson.com/americanprophets/) 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. www.PaulENelson.com
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