Priscilla Long Interview

Priscilla Long is a Seattle-based poet, writer, editor and longtime independent teacher of writing. Her new book Holy Magic won the 2020 Sally Albiso Poetry Book Award and was published by MoonPath Press.

I have fond memories of seeing Priscilla Long read at Red Sky Poetry Theater back in the days I was attending. The “longest, continuously-running open mic on the West Coast (1980-2005) was my weekly workshop, my church, my poetry training ground from 1994-2005 and helped shape me in so many ways. Priscilla was a regular and always feisty, often political and always intelligent. Fast-forward to 2019 and I was invited to be a Writer-in-Residence at the Port Townsend Writers Conference. She was there and has been a pillar of that community. She gave a powerful reading that may have been the highlight of the week there at Fort Worden.

On October 16, 2020, I caught up with her to discuss Holy Magic her new book on MoonPath Press.

Here is how it went:

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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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