2016 Postcards I Got (Video)

There’s not much more I can say about the 2016 August Poetry Postcard Fest that I did not say in the first of two videos that I created today (Sept 7, 2016):

And to pick out highlights is so difficult, but you may be seeing some of the best of the 53 cards I’ve so far received appear in the first August Poetry Postcard Anthology: 56 Days of August. Thanks Ina Roy-Faderman, Judy Kleinberg and David Seaver for your work on that book.

But I will reiterate that I am humbled by this project, with huge gratitude to the participants in each of the fest’s ten years. I am grateful to Lana Ayers for helping me create the fest, to Brendan McBreen for handling signups for a couple of years and to Danika Dinsmore, whose 3:15 Experiment this fest was, in part, inspired by. That we can actually write poems on cards and send them to people seems so old school and yet somehow also so fresh and satisfying. What a project. And the creativity of the participants gets better and better, helping my own effort to create a gesture that is as deep and generous as possible. A thousand thanks and blessings.


About Splabman

SPLAB and Cascadia Poetry Festival founder Paul E Nelson wrote American Sentences (Apprentice House, 2015), Organic Poetry (VDM Verlag, Germany, 2008), a serial poem re-enacting the history of Auburn, Washington, A Time Before Slaughter (Apprentice House, 2010) and Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies (Lumme, Brazil, 2013). Founder of the Cascadia Poetry Festival, in 26 years of radio he interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Anne Waldman, Sam Hamill, Robin Blaser, Nate Mackey, Eileen Myles, Wanda Coleman, Brenda Hillman, George Bowering, Joanne Kyger, Jerome Rothenberg & others, including many Cascadia poets. He lives in Seattle and writes at least one American Sentence every day. https://www.paulenelson.com. Co-Editor of Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia, he is in year five of a twenty year Cascadia Bioregional Cultural Investigation. www.CascadiaPoetryFestival.org (Oct 12-15, 2017, Tacoma, WA)

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