Earth Day @ NorthWind

Has a nice ring to it, eh? Rob Lewis is one of three poets reading 7pm PDT Thursday, April 22, 2021 as part of the regular Northwind Reading Series. From the Northwind folk:

To celebrate Earth Day and National Poetry Month, the Northwind Reading Series and Centrum are co-hosting a Live Zoom Earth Day Reading & Discussion on Thursday, April 22nd from 7 – 8:30 pm.

We’re bringing together three poets to share a variety of poetic perspectives on the earth:  Samish Island poet Rob Lewis, Vashon Island poet Ann Spiers and Suquamish/indigenous poet Cedar Sigo. After the poets read, we’ll talk with them about their poems, their perspectives, and why they write about/for the earth. We’ll welcome the audience to join the discussion; please come with your questions.

If you’ve attended either of the last two Northwind/Centrum readings, you can use the same Zoom link. If not, please register HERE: Note: This takes you to the SurveyMonkey website where you’ll sign up to receive the link a few days before the reading.

In 2018 I interviewed Rob Lewis about his book The Silence of Vanishing Things:

Rob Lewis and The Silence of Vanishing Things

I also put Rob’s essay, Walking to the Restoration, on the curriculum for my current workshop. This essay was a huge eye opener for me and gives you some sense of what makes Rob tick and how the current debate over greenhouse gas emissions is 1/2 of the story. Wouldn’t you know the other half has the potential to be tremendously empowering and of course a validation of bioregionalism?

I interviewed Cedar ten years ago and here is a clip from that 2011 interview:

Ann is a friend and fine poet and my association with her goes back to the Red Sky era, 2000-ish? This reading looks like it will be fantastic and I love the Northwind series and its fine facilitators.

Happy Earth Day to you!

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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