American Prophets Interviews

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Over the past decade or so, no one has done more for poetry in the Pacific Northwest than has Paul Nelson. He has sponsored and hosted free public readings and workshops while bringing to Seattle notable poets like Wanda Coleman, Nate Mackey, Michael McClure, Brenda Hillman, George Bowering and other leading figures in the world of Organic Poetry. He is as fine an interviewer of poets as anyone working today, coming to each interview thoroughly informed but retaining great flexibility, letting the various threads intertwine. These interviews, combined with lengthy scholarship, have produced a number of remarkable essays and, ultimately, his manuscript American Prophets.

Sam Hamill

TitleInterviewee & LinkFirst NameLast Name
“The Cultural Creatives: How 50 Million People are Changing the World.”Paul Ray & Sherry AndersonSherry Anderson
Voluntary Simplicity - The Circle of Simplicity: Return to the Good Life.Cecile AndrewsCecile Andrews
The World is About To Turn: Mending a Nation’s Broken Faith.Paul O. IngramPaul O. Ingram
The Beat Nun of Cascadia, from the RedwoodsMary Norbert KörteMary Norbert Körte
More of The Beat Nun of Cascadia, from the RedwoodsMary Norbert Körte Part 2Mary Norbert Körte
Tether, Float, Spare Room and the Poetry of David AbelDavid AbelDavidAbel
The Three-Dimensional Latihan Mind of Salamah Lorraine ArdenSalamah Lorraine ArdenSalamah LorraineArden
E. Richard Atleo on Tsawalk: a Nuu-chah-nulth WorldviewRichard AtleoRichardAtleo
Peter Balakian – The Armenian Genocide and America’s ResponsePeter BalakianPeterBalakian
Latin American Neo-Baroque Senses of Distortion with Pablo BalerPablo BalerPabloBaler
Vince Balestri and Brian Kent on Kerouac: The Essence of Jack, a Jazz PlayVince Ballestri (with Brian Kent)VinceBallestri
Profile of an Anarcho-Leftist, Poet/Librarian, Gentrifier, Greg BemGreg BemGregBem
Peter Berg on Planet Drum and BioregionalismPeter BergPeterBerg
Poet Robin Blaser's last interviewRobin BlaserRobinBlaser
Michael Boughn on Poet Jack Clarke’s Life & LegacyMichael Boughn on Jack ClarkeMichaelBoughn
George Bowering’s My Darling Nellie GreyGeorge BoweringGeorgeBowering
George Bowering at the Victoria School of Writing Summer School(Bowering in 2005, my first interview with him)GeorgeBowering
Sam Hamill, Ian Boyden, Reading, Talk and Interview (Nov 11, 2012)Sam Hamill with Ian BoydenIanBoyden
Ian Boyden on A Forest of Names, 2008 Sichuan Earthquake PoemsIan Boyden (A Forest of Names)IanBoyden
Shahar Bram – The Sentience of StonesShahar BramShaharBram
Darius Brusaferro - Subud Painter, Jazz FanDarius BrusaferroDariusBrusaferro
An Army of Lovers by Juliana Spahr and David BuuckDavid BuuckDavidBuuck
David Stephen Calonne: Diane di Prima Visionary Poetics, Hidden ReligionsDavid Stephen Calonne on Diane di PrimaDavid StephenCalonne
Trev Carolan: Making Waves: Reading BC & Pacific Northwest Literature.Trev CarolanTrevCarolan
Beaver Chief – A Salish Perspective on WellnessBeaver ChiefBeaverChief
American Poetry Culture & Chinese Culture Xi ChuanXi ChuanXiChuan
Wanda Coleman – Writing as Feedback System to Aid IndividuationWanda ColemanWandaColeman
African-American literary avant garde in the U.S., Wanda ColemanWanda Coleman on American SonnetsWandaColeman
Once in Blockadia: Stephen CollisStephen CollisStephenCollis
Elizabeth Cooperman, Thomas Walton, The Last MosaicElizabeth CoopermanElizabethCooperman
Peter Culley’s HammertownPeter CulleyPeterCulley
Phyllis Curott on Witch Crafting: A Spiritual Guide to Making MagicPhyllis CurottPhyllisCurott
Iris Cushing on the First Books of David Henderson & Mary Norbert KörteIris CushingIrisCushing
Bhagavan Das – A Suburban Californian’s Quest to IndiaBhagavan DasBhagavanDas
John de Graaf: USAmerica’s Overworking Epidemic (Take Back Your Time)John de GraafJohnde Graaf
Sarah de Leeuw SkeenaSarah De LeeuwSarahde Leeuw
Gloria DeGaetano: Source of Teen Violence, Parent Coaches as Catalysts for Social EvolutionGloria DeGaetanoGloriaDeGaetano
Dominick DellaSala on Temperate and Boreal RainforestsDominick DellaSalaDominickDellaSala
Diane Di Prima – American Poetry and the Beat Movement from a Female PerspectiveDiane di PrimaDianedi Prima
Larry Dossey, MD – Non-Local Mind and the New Era in MedicineLarry DosseyLarryDossey
George Draffan – The Global Assault on ForestsGeorge DraffanGeorgeDraffan
Eric Drooker – The Graphic Novel Art FormEric DrookerEricDrooker
Wayne Dyer on Your Sacred SelfWayne DyerWayneDyer
Zhang Er - First MountainZhang ErZhangEr
Seattle Bassist and Composer Evan Flory-BarnesEvan Flory-BarnesEvanFlory-Barnes
Choral Poetry – Jack and Adelle FoleyJack and Adelle FoleyJack and AdelleFoley
Father Matthew Fox – The Reinvention of WorkFather Matthew FoxFather MatthewFox
Emily Kendal Frey on Airport and Other Books of PoetryEmily Kendal FreyEmily KendalFrey
Janet Gallant on The Wig Maker (Experimental Lyric Poetry)Janet GallantJanetGallant
Allen Ginsberg on Cosmopolitan GreetingsAllen GinsbergAllenGinsberg
The Vodou Visions of Sallie Ann GlassmanSallie Ann GlassmanSallie AnnGlassman
Sam Hamill, Ian Boyden, Reading, Talk and Interview on HabitationsSam Hamill with Ian BoydenSamHamill
Why Poetry Matters: 2005 Sam Hamill InterviewSam Hamill (Poets Against The War)SamHamill
Thom Hartmann: Corporate Personhood (The Theft of Human Rights)Thom HartmannThomHartmann
Jeanne Heuving: The Transmutation of Love and Avant-Garde PoeticsJeanne HeuvingJeanneHeuving
Jeanne Heuving on Nate Mackey Destination OutJeanne Heuving on Nate Mackey Destination OutJeanneHeuving
The Poetry Activism of Brenda Hillman (2011 Interview)Brenda HillmanBrendaHillman
Brenda Hillman Interview (Letters on Fire, 2017)Brenda Hillman (2017) on Seasonal Works with Letters on FireBrendaHillman
Jean Houston – Our Time of Whole System TransitionJean HoustonJeanHouston
Paul Hunter, Breaking Ground and his own letter press, Wood Works.Paul HunterPaulHunter
Graham Isaac on Filthy Jerry’s GuideGraham IsaacGrahamIsaac
Fighting Coal Trains with Totem Poles (Jewell James)Jewell JamesJewellJames
Sam Keen – Learning To Fly (1999 Interview)Sam KeenSamKeen
Yusef Komunyakaa at the Port Townsend Writer’s ConferenceYusef KomunyakaaYusefKomunyakaa
Leslie Korn, Ph.D – Integrating Traditional and Modern MedicineLeslie KornLeslieKorn
The Life and Poetry of José Kozer (2015 Interview)José KozerJoséKozer
Joanne Kyger Reads Easter & Other PoemsJoanne KygerJoanneKyger
G.P. Lainsbury’s Cascadia TransitGP LainsburyGPLainsbury
George Lakey on (How We Win) 2019George LakeyGeorgeLakey
Hope’s Edge, The New Diet for a New Planet (Frances Moore Lappé & Anna Lappé)Frances Moore Lappe & Anna LappeFrances Moore & AnnaLappe
Peter Levitt on the Complete Cold MountainPeter LevittPeterLevitt
Rob Lewis and The Silence of Vanishing ThingsRob LewisRobLewis
Priscilla Long’s Holy MagicPriscilla LongPriscillaLong
El Habib Louai in Cascadia and on Desolation PeakEl Habib LouaiEl HabibLouai
Civic Poet, Poet Laureate Claudia Castro-Luna on Seattle’s Poetic GridClaudia Castro LunaClaudia CastroLuna
Lewis MacAdams on Cool & the Post-War American Avant GardeLewis MacAdamsLewisMacAdams
Nate Mackey on. Splay Anthem (2011 Interview)Nate Mackey InterviewNateMackey
Jeanne Heuving on Nate Mackey Destination OutJeanne Heuving on Nate Mackey Destination OutNateMackey
Nate Mackey – The Serial Poem (2012 Interview)https://paulenelson.com/nate-mackey/NateMackey
Amalio Madueño on Garcia’s Walking Pharmacopoeia BluesAmalio MadueñoAmalioMadueño
Daphne Marlatt on Liquidities (2014 Interview)Daphne MarlattDaphneMarlatt
Southern Cascadia Culture with Poet Jerry MartienJerry MartienJerryMartien
How to Not Get Lost Backpacking Like Paul Nelson (Barb Maynes, Dan Pontbriand)Barb MaynesBarbMaynes
The Father of Cascadia (David McCloskey)(Cascadia Institute)David McCloskey (Cascadia Institute)DavidMcCloskey
Dolphin Skull and the Beat Generation (Michael McClure 1995 interview)Michael McClureMichaelMcClure
Colleen J. McElroy’s Blood MemoryColleen McElroyColleenMcElroy
It Can’t Be Said, Barry McKinnon and Northern Cascadia PoetryBarry McKinnonBarryMcKinnon
Tim McNulty Interview on Olympic National Park Natural HistoryTim McNultyTimMcNulty
Russell Means on Where White Men Fear to TreadRussell MeansRussellMeans
Finn Menzies, Trans in SeattleFinn MenziesFinnMenzies
The History of the Decline of Wild SalmonDavid MontgomeryDavidMontgomery
Eileen Myles in Auburn, WAEileen MylesEileenMyles
Modern Jihad: Tracing the Dollars Behind the Terror NetworksLoretta NapoleoniLorettaNapoleoni
Miriam Nichols on Robin Blaser, Mechanic of SplendorMiriam NicholsMiriamNichols
How Paul E Nelson got Up A. Creek by Brett NunnBrett NunnBrettNunn
James O’Dea (IoNS and the Science of Consciousness)James O’DeaJamesO’Dea
John Olson, Seattle Poet, 1999 InterviewJohn OlsonJohnOlson
John Olson’s Broken Justy (2016 Interview)(John Olson Dec 7, 2016 on In Advance of the Broken Justy)JohnOlson
Shin Yu Pai’s EnsōShin Yu PaiShin YuPai
Mississippi – Yangtze Sister Rivers (Wang Ping, Kinship of Rivers)Wang PingWangPing
Deborah Poe, KeepDeborah PoeDeborahPoe
At Tenzing Momo, They Overcharge Every Third Customer and Pass the Savings on to youEric PollardEricPollard
How to Not Get Lost Backpacking Like Paul Nelson (Barb Maynes, Dan Pontbriand)Dan PontbriandDanPontbriand
Bill Porter on Cathay Revisited & Dancing with the Dead, Stonehouse’s Poems for Zen MonksBill PorterBillPorter
Charles Potts’ Appaloosas and Coyote Highway (For Amalio Madueño)Charles PottsCharlesPotts
Dan Raphael August 2010 Interviewdan raphaeldanraphael
Make it True Readings Dan Raphael Interviewdan raphaeldanraphael
An Emerging American Subculture – Cultural CreativesPaul Ray & Sherry AndersonPaulRay
Judith Roche All Fire All WaterJudith RocheJudithRoche
Insanely Concentrated Wealth is Strangling Our ProsperitySteve RothSteveRoth
Jerome Rothenberg Lorca VariationsJerome RothenbergJeromeRothenberg
Paul O Ingram, Rick Rouse (The World is About To Turn)Rick RouseRickRouse
Paul O Ingram, Rick Rouse (The World is About To Turn)Douglass RushkoffDouglassRushkoff
Rudy Ryser, The Center for World Indigenous StudiesRudy RyserRudyRyser
Ed Sanders on the Poetry Legacy of Allen Ginsberg and Investigative PoeticsEd SandersEdSanders
Andrew Schelling From the Arapaho SongbookAndrew SchellingAndrewSchelling
Tracks Along the Left Coast: Jaime de Angulo & Pacific Coast CultureAndrew Schelling on Jaime de AnguloAndrewSchelling
Andrew Schelling Interview (The Facts at Dog Tank Spring)Andrew Schelling on his book The Facts at Dog Tank SpringAndrewSchelling
Andrew Schelling From the Arapaho SongbookAndrew Schelling on his book  From the Arapaho SongbookAndrewSchelling
Two Countries (Interview with Tina Schumann)Tina SchumannTinaSchumann
Cheryl Seidner & the Wiyot Tribe in Eureka, CACheryl Seidner (Wiyot Tribe)CherylSeidner
Rupert Sheldrake on The Scientific Basis for Understanding Animal TelepathyRupert SheldrakeRupertSheldrake
Internationally-known Mime and Subud Member, Richmond ShepardRichmond ShepardRichmondShepard
Cedar Sigo Stranger In Town (2011 Interview)Cedar SigoCedarSigo
Laura Simms – Story-Telling as a Healing ModalityLaura SimmsLauraSimms
Willie Smith, Nothing Doing,Willie SmithWillieSmith
An Army of Lovers by Juliana Spahr and David BuuckJuliana SpahrJulianaSpahr
(Indigenous) Cascadian Zen, Wedlidi SpeckWedlidi SpeckWedlidiSpeck
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Portland Poet Marilyn Stablein (2015 Interview)Marilyn StableinMarilynStablein
George Stanley After DesireGeorge StanleyGeorgeStanley
The Wig Maker as told to Sharon ThesenJerry Wennstrom and Marilyn StrongMarilynStrong
The Wig Maker as told to Sharon ThesenSharon ThesenSharonThesen
The Life Forces with Solihin & Alicia ThomSolihin and Alicia ThomSolihin and AliciaThom
Vancouver Island Poet Ed VarneyEd VarneyEdVarney
Anne Waldman – Vow to Poetry (2002 Interview)Anne WaldmanAnneWaldman
Elizabeth Cooperman, Thomas Walton, The Last MosaicThomas WaltonThomasWalton
Jerry Wennstrom & Marilyn Strong – The Union of Opposites: Alchemical Imagery as a ToolJerry Wennstrom and Marilyn StrongJerryWennstrom
Gary Snyder, Dōgen, Jason Wirth & Our Ecological CrisisJason WirthJasonWirth
Buddhism in Rainier Beach, Interview with Jason WirthJason Wirth on the Buddhist history of Rainier Beach (December 10, 2019)JasonWirth
Unceded Territories, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun InterviewLawrence Paul YuxweluptunLawrence PaulYuxweluptun