Hamish Todd “Interviews” Paul E Nelson

Hamish Todd

Hamish Todd at CPF 2017 Tacoma

I met Hamish Todd the first time I went to Red Sky Poetry Theater. I used some language in a poem that was a little outside the regular open mic fare, but he got it and gave me a kind word. That was 1994 and I was new to poetry. Hamish was a fixture at the intersection of Grunge and poetry and he did a wonderful job as emcee for a late night reading at our 2017 Cascadia Poetry Festival in Tacoma. He invited me to be part of his podcast and on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, the anniversary of the Mt. St. Helens eruption we talked about my poems, his poems, that suit and other sweet things from a literary angle. I see Hamish as a street poet and love his work. I look forward to hearing his podcast, but in the meantime, enjoy:

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 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: 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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