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 AbelDavid Abel
The Three-Dimensional Latihan Mind of Salamah Lorraine ArdenSalamah Lorraine ArdenSalamah Lorraine Arden
E. Richard Atleo on Tsawalk: a Nuu-chah-nulth WorldviewRichard AtleoRichard Atleo
Peter Balakian – The Armenian Genocide and America’s ResponsePeter BalakianPeter Balakian 
Latin American Neo-Baroque Senses of Distortion with Pablo BalerPablo BalerPablo Baler
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 BemGreg Bem
Peter Berg on Planet Drum and BioregionalismPeter BergPeter Berg
Poet Robin Blaser's last interviewRobin BlaserRobin Blaser
Michael Boughn on Poet Jack Clarke’s Life & LegacyMichael Boughn on Jack ClarkeMichael Boughn
George Bowering’s My Darling Nellie GreyGeorge BoweringGeorge Bowering
George Bowering at the Victoria School of Writing Summer School (Bowering in 2005, my first interview with him)George Bowering
Sam Hamill, Ian Boyden, Reading, Talk and Interview (Nov 11, 2012)Sam Hamill with Ian BoydenIan Boyden
Ian Boyden on A Forest of Names, 2008 Sichuan Earthquake PoemsIan Boyden (A Forest of Names)Ian Boyden
Shahar Bram – The Sentience of StonesShahar BramShahar Bram
Darius Brusaferro - Subud Painter, Jazz FanDarius BrusaferroDarius Brusaferro
An Army of Lovers by Juliana Spahr and David BuuckDavid BuuckDavid Buuck
David Stephen Calonne: Diane di Prima Visionary Poetics, Hidden ReligionsDavid Stephen Calonne on Diane di PrimaDavid Stephen Calonne
Trev Carolan: Making Waves: Reading BC & Pacific Northwest Literature. Trev CarolanTrev Carolan
Beaver Chief – A Salish Perspective on WellnessBeaver ChiefBeaver Chief
American Poetry Culture & Chinese Culture Xi ChuanXi ChuanXi Chuan
Wanda Coleman – Writing as Feedback System to Aid IndividuationWanda ColemanWanda Coleman
African-American literary avant garde in the U.S., Wanda ColemanWanda Coleman on American SonnetsWanda Coleman
Once in Blockadia: Stephen Collis Stephen CollisStephen Collis
Elizabeth Cooperman, Thomas Walton, The Last MosaicElizabeth CoopermanElizabeth Cooperman
Peter Culley’s HammertownPeter CulleyPeter Culley
Phyllis Curott on Witch Crafting: A Spiritual Guide to Making MagicPhyllis CurottPhyllis Curott
Iris Cushing on the First Books of David Henderson & Mary Norbert KörteIris CushingIris Cushing
Bhagavan Das – A Suburban Californian’s Quest to IndiaBhagavan DasBhagavanDas
John de Graaf: USAmerica’s Overworking Epidemic (Take Back Your Time)John de GraafJohn de Graaf
Sarah de Leeuw SkeenaSarah De LeeuwSarah de Leeuw
Gloria DeGaetano: Source of Teen Violence, Parent Coaches as Catalysts for Social EvolutionGloria DeGaetanoGloria DeGaetano
Dominick DellaSala on Temperate and Boreal Rainforests Dominick DellaSalaDominick DellaSala
Diane Di Prima – American Poetry and the Beat Movement from a Female PerspectiveDiane di PrimaDiane di Prima
Larry Dossey, MD – Non-Local Mind and the New Era in MedicineLarry DosseyLarry Dossey
George Draffan – The Global Assault on ForestsGeorge DraffanGeorge Draffan
Eric Drooker – The Graphic Novel Art FormEric DrookerEric Drooker
Wayne Dyer on Your Sacred SelfWayne DyerWayne Dyer
Zhang Er - First MountainZhang ErZhang Er
Seattle Bassist and Composer Evan Flory-BarnesEvan Flory-BarnesEvan Flory-Barnes
Choral Poetry – Jack and Adelle FoleyJack and Adelle FoleyJack and Adelle Foley
Father Matthew Fox – The Reinvention of WorkFather Matthew FoxFather Matthew Fox
Emily Kendal Frey on Airport and Other Books of PoetryEmily Kendal FreyEmily Kendal Frey
Janet Gallant on The Wig Maker (Experimental Lyric Poetry)Janet GallantJanet Gallant
Allen Ginsberg on Cosmopolitan GreetingsAllen GinsbergAllen Ginsberg
The Vodou Visions of Sallie Ann GlassmanSallie Ann GlassmanSallie Ann Glassman
Sam Hamill, Ian Boyden, Reading, Talk and Interview on HabitationsSam Hamill with Ian BoydenSam Hamill
Why Poetry Matters: 2005 Sam Hamill InterviewSam Hamill (Poets Against The War)SamHamill
Thom Hartmann: Corporate Personhood (The Theft of Human Rights)Thom HartmannThom Hartmann
Jeanne Heuving: The Transmutation of Love and Avant-Garde PoeticsJeanne HeuvingJeanne Heuving
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 HoustonJean Houston
Paul Hunter, Breaking Ground and his own letter press, Wood Works.Paul HunterPaul Hunter
Graham Isaac on Filthy Jerry’s GuideGraham IsaacGraham Isaac
Fighting Coal Trains with Totem Poles (Jewell James)Jewell JamesJewell James
Sam Keen – Learning To Fly (1999 Interview)Sam KeenSam Keen
Yusef Komunyakaa at the Port Townsend Writer’s ConferenceYusef KomunyakaaYusef Komunyakaa
Leslie Korn, Ph.D – Integrating Traditional and Modern MedicineLeslie KornLeslie Korn
The Life and Poetry of José Kozer (2015 Interview)José KozerJosé Kozer
Joanne Kyger Reads Easter & Other PoemsJoanne KygerJoanne Kyger
G.P. Lainsbury’s Cascadia TransitGP LainsburyGP Lainsbury
George Lakey on (How We Win) 2019George LakeyGeorge Lakey
Hope’s Edge, The New Diet for a New Planet (Frances Moore Lappé & Anna Lappé)Frances Moore Lappe & Anna LappeFrances Moore & Anna Lappe
Peter Levitt on the Complete Cold MountainPeter LevittPeter Levitt
Rob Lewis and The Silence of Vanishing ThingsRob LewisRob Lewis
Priscilla Long’s Holy MagicPriscilla LongPriscilla Long
El Habib Louai in Cascadia and on Desolation PeakEl Habib LouaiEl Habib Louai
Civic Poet, Poet Laureate Claudia Castro-Luna on Seattle’s Poetic GridClaudia Castro LunaClaudia Castro Luna
Lewis MacAdams on Cool & the Post-War American Avant GardeLewis MacAdamsLewis MacAdams
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/Nate Mackey
Amalio Madueño on Garcia’s Walking Pharmacopoeia BluesAmalio MadueñoAmalio Madueño
Daphne Marlatt on Liquidities (2014 Interview)Daphne MarlattDaphne Marlatt
Southern Cascadia Culture with Poet Jerry MartienJerry MartienJerry Martien
How to Not Get Lost Backpacking Like Paul Nelson (Barb Maynes, Dan Pontbriand)Barb MaynesBarb Maynes
The Father of Cascadia (David McCloskey)(Cascadia Institute)David McCloskey (Cascadia Institute)DavidMcCloskey
Dolphin Skull and the Beat Generation (Michael McClure 1995 interview)Michael McClureMichael McClure
Colleen J. McElroy’s Blood MemoryColleen McElroyColleen McElroy
It Can’t Be Said, Barry McKinnon and Northern Cascadia PoetryBarry McKinnonBarry McKinnon
Tim McNulty Interview on Olympic National Park Natural HistoryTim McNultyTim McNulty
Russell Means on Where White Men Fear to TreadRussell MeansRussell Means
Finn Menzies, Trans in SeattleFinn MenziesFinn Menzies
The History of the Decline of Wild SalmonDavid MontgomeryDavid Montgomery
Eileen Myles in Auburn, WAEileen MylesEileen Myles
Modern Jihad: Tracing the Dollars Behind the Terror NetworksLoretta NapoleoniLoretta Napoleoni
Miriam Nichols on Robin Blaser, Mechanic of SplendorMiriam NicholsMiriam Nichols
How Paul E Nelson got Up A. Creek by Brett NunnBrett NunnBrett Nunn
James O’Dea (IoNS and the Science of Consciousness)James O’DeaJames O’Dea
John Olson, Seattle Poet, 1999 InterviewJohn OlsonJohn Olson
John Olson’s Broken Justy (2016 Interview)(John Olson Dec 7, 2016 on In Advance of the Broken Justy)John Olson
Shin Yu Pai’s EnsōShin Yu PaiShin Yu Pai
Mississippi – Yangtze Sister Rivers (Wang Ping, Kinship of Rivers)Wang PingWang Ping
Deborah Poe, KeepDeborah PoeDeborah Poe
At Tenzing Momo, They Overcharge Every Third Customer and Pass the Savings on to youEric PollardEric Pollard
How to Not Get Lost Backpacking Like Paul Nelson (Barb Maynes, Dan Pontbriand)Dan PontbriandDan Pontbriand
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 PottsCharles Potts
Dan Raphael August 2010 Interviewdan raphaeldanraphael
Make it True Readings Dan Raphael Interviewdan raphaeldan raphael
An Emerging American Subculture – Cultural CreativesPaul Ray & Sherry AndersonPaul Ray
Judith Roche All Fire All WaterJudith RocheJudith Roche
Insanely Concentrated Wealth is Strangling Our ProsperitySteve RothSteve Roth
Jerome Rothenberg Lorca VariationsJerome RothenbergJerome Rothenberg
Paul O Ingram, Rick Rouse (The World is About To Turn)Rick RouseRick Rouse
Paul O Ingram, Rick Rouse (The World is About To Turn)Douglass RushkoffDouglass Rushkoff
Rudy Ryser, The Center for World Indigenous StudiesRudy RyserRudy Ryser
Ed Sanders on the Poetry Legacy of Allen Ginsberg and Investigative PoeticsEd SandersEd Sanders
Andrew Schelling From the Arapaho SongbookAndrew SchellingAndrew Schelling
Tracks Along the Left Coast: Jaime de Angulo & Pacific Coast CultureAndrew Schelling on Jaime de AnguloAndrew Schelling
Andrew Schelling Interview (The Facts at Dog Tank Spring)Andrew Schelling on his book The Facts at Dog Tank SpringAndrew Schelling
Andrew Schelling From the Arapaho SongbookAndrew Schelling on his book  From the Arapaho SongbookAndrew Schelling
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 SheldrakeRupert Sheldrake
Internationally-known Mime and Subud Member, Richmond ShepardRichmond ShepardRichmondShepard
Cedar Sigo Stranger In Town (2011 Interview)Cedar SigoCedar Sigo
Laura Simms – Story-Telling as a Healing ModalityLaura SimmsLaura Simms
Willie Smith, Nothing Doing,Willie SmithWillie Smith
An Army of Lovers by Juliana Spahr and David BuuckJuliana SpahrJuliana Spahr
(Indigenous) Cascadian Zen, Wedlidi SpeckWedlidi SpeckWedlidi Speck
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Portland Poet Marilyn Stablein (2015 Interview)Marilyn StableinMarilyn Stablein
George Stanley After DesireGeorge StanleyGeorgeStanley
The Wig Maker as told to Sharon ThesenJerry Wennstrom and Marilyn StrongMarilyn Strong
The Wig Maker as told to Sharon ThesenSharon ThesenSharon Thesen
The Life Forces with Solihin & Alicia ThomSolihin and Alicia ThomSolihin and Alicia Thom
Vancouver Island Poet Ed VarneyEd VarneyEd Varney
Anne Waldman – Vow to Poetry (2002 Interview)Anne WaldmanAnne Waldman
Elizabeth Cooperman, Thomas Walton, The Last MosaicThomas WaltonThomas Walton
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 WirthJason Wirth
Buddhism in Rainier Beach, Interview with Jason WirthJason Wirth on the Buddhist history of Rainier Beach (December 10, 2019)Jason Wirth
Unceded Territories, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun InterviewLawrence Paul YuxweluptunLawrence Paul Yuxweluptun