Off-Site @ AWP

The joy of hanging out with poets and NOT having to attend AWP!!! Thank you Knox Gardner for lining up this with your humble narrator and other SPLAB poets:

Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 7:30 PM – 12M

From Entre Rios Books:

Twenty six of the Northwest’s many of the smallest, newest, and best literary presses, magazines, and producers have been selling books all day and are ready to cut loose and relax!

We’re flipping the room from the Northwest Micropress Fair (doors closed from 6:00 to 7:30) and re-opening with a cash bar and so many fantastic readers from across the Northwest.

Three sets + w/ film and music after —

8:00 PM
Rena Priest
Tara K Shepersky
Cosper Onstott
Alexandra Matthaw Rosenboom
Aileen Keown Vaux
Paul E Nelson
Simone Person
Nadine Maestas
Debby Dodds
Deborah Woodard
Alex Gallo-Brown

Samuel Snoek-Brown
Melinda Mueller
Mary Margaret Alvarado
Benjamin Gorman
John Burgess
Felicity Fenton
Kate Ristau
Natasha Moni
T.J Fuller
Alex Vigue
Christina Butcher

Paul Sheprow
Erin L. McCoy
Kathryn Smith
Jesse Morse
Adrian Kien
Matt Trease
Josie Kochendorfer
Chelsea Harris
Timothy Thomas McNeely
Knox Gardner

The party is after the work:

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End of the World Anthology

I’m delighted to have work in a new anthology entitled The End of the World Project. It was compiled by Richard Lopez, John Bloomberg-Rissman and T.C. Marshall and is so huge that it takes two books to contain it all:




The list of poets included in the book is quite impressive:

Overture: Anselm Hollo, Etel Adnan, Charles Alexander, Will Alexander, Will Alexander and Byron Baker, Rae Armantrout, John Armstrong, DJ Kirsten Angel Dust, Runa Bandyopadhyay, Alan Baker, Carlyle Baker, Nora Bateson, Tom Beckett, Melissa Benham, Steve Benson, Charles Bernstein, Anselm Berrigan, John Bloomberg-Rissman, Daniel Borzutzky, Daniel f Bradley, Helen Bridwell, Brandon Brown, David Buuck, Wendy Burk, Olivier Cadiot, Julie Carr/Lisa Olstein, Aileen Cassinetto and C. Sophia Ibardaloza, Tom Cohen, Claire Colebrook, Allison Cobb, Jon Cone, CA Conrad, Stephen Cope, Eduardo M. Corvera II (E.M.C. II), Brenda Coultas, Anne Laure Coxam, Michael Cross, Thomas Rain Crowe, Brent Cunningham, Jane Dalrymple-Hollo, Philip Davenport, Michelle Detorie, John DeWitt, Diane Di Prima, Suzanne Doppelt, Paul Dresman, Aja Couchois Duncan, Camille Dungy, Marcella Durand, Martin Edmond, Sarah Tuss Efrik and Johannes Göransson, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Clayton Eshleman, Carrie Etter, Steven Farmer, Alec Finlay, Donna Fleischer, Evelyn Flores, Diane Gage, Jeannine Hall Gailey, Forrest Gander, Renée Gauthier, Crane Giamo, Giant Ibis, Alex Gildzen, Samantha Giles, C. S. Giscombe, Peter Gizzi, Anne Gorrick, Richard Greenfield, Jaimie Gusman, Drum Hadley, Rob Halpern, Roberto Harrison, j/j hastain, Jonathan Hayes, Kris Hemensley, Fanny Howe, Angela Hume, Stefan Hyner, Tim Ingold, Hiromi Itō, Adeline Johns-Putra, Pierre Joris, Tim Kahl, Jennifer Karmin and Bernadette Mayer, Lynn Keller, klipschutz, Márton Koppány, José Kozer, Abdellatif Laâbi, Sonnet L’Abbe, Janice Lee Ágnes Lehóczky, Richard Lopez, Chip Lord, Rupert M Loydell, Eric Magrane, Peter Manson, Colin Lee Marshall, T.C. Marshall, Lila Matsumoto, James Maughn, Rachel May, Bernadette Mayer, Cris Mazza, Jim McCrary, Bill McKibben/Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner and Aka Niviâna, Scott McVay, Brigid Meier, Miranda Mellis, nick-e melville, Billy Mills,Gustave Morin, Rusty Morrison, Charlie Morrow, Eileen Myles, Heather Nagami, Sawako Nakayasu, Camilla Nelson, Paul Nelson, Ron Padgett, Shin Yu Pai, Lars Palm, Michael Palmer, Stephen Parlato, Dale Pendell, M NourbeSe Philip, Tiare Picard, Deborah Poe, Stephen Ratcliffe, Marthe Reed, Evelyn Reilly, Noʻu Revilla, Robert Rissman, Ed Roberson, Kim Stanley Robinson/Donald Wesling, Kit Robinson, David Rothenberg/Michael Deal, Jerome Rothenberg, Douglas Rothschild, Hassen Saker, Andrew Schelling, Jared Schickling, Susan M. Schultz, Jesús Sepúlveda, Eric Paul Shaffer, James Sherry, Eleni Sikelianos, Sandra Simonds, Andrew Mark Sivak, pete spence, Christine Stewart, Leny Strobel, Cole Swensen, Eileen R. Tabios, Julian Talamantez Brolaski, Guy Taylor, Jonty Tiplady, Mel C. Thompson, TC Tolbert, Edwin Torres, Rodrigo Toscano, Jean Vengua, Pasquale Verdicchio, Cecilia Vicuña, Alli Warren, Karen Weiser, Amie Whittemore, Julia Wieting, Tyrone Williams, Elizabeth Willis, Elisabeth Workman, Workman-Brandt Household, Mark Young and Coda: Franco Beltrametti.

The book is available as a pdf for FREE which is keeping with the general tone of responding to life in the late anthropocene, a condition brought about by unfettered capitalism (casino capitalism) and so the fewer trees chopped down the better, is how at least one contributor sees it.

I was stunned to learn that some of my Evolutionary Letters, written in response to Diane di Prima’s Revolutionary Letters are in the same book with hers! This is humbling to say the least. And while I have the pdf and have perused it, I look forward to getting the two solid volumes and holding them in my hand. Kudos to the editors, for their methods and for finding a good place in William Allegrezza’s Moria Books.

One of my Evolutionary Letters included in the book:


are you prepared to hide
in yr home a Mexican meaning
an indigenous American from
south of the Gadsden Purchase,
prepared to follow the call of
post-Empire, a post-colonial
way of being in the world
think of yourself as Cascadian
first, still pay taxes but renounce
this war (these wars) & the next
& the next & realize it’s all one
violent endless occupation (here too)
& all mammals are equal but some
more lizard-brained than others & these
the ones shot-calling for the
oligarchy. You wanted national
health insurance & now settle
for a non-toxic biosphere & a way out
for your progeny. Wood-chopping, candlelighting,
water-bringing, kale-growing, offgridding,
prayer-making everlovingkindness, yes
somehow even to “them.”

3:12pm – 8.16.17

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Interview Workshop at Open Books

Interviewing as Inspiration, Research, and Documentation with Paul Nelson

March 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Open Books, 2414 N. 45th, Seattle.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) Paul E Nelson discusses American Prophets: Interviews 1994 to 2012, featuring poets Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, Wanda Coleman, Jerome Rothenberg, Nate Mackey, Brenda Hillman and Sam Hamill, and will facilitate an interview exercise. Participants will learn techniques to connect with a guest, quickly develop a rapport and sharpen skills in this under-appreciated art form. Paul E Nelson has conducted over 600 interviews with poets, authors, indigenous leaders and whole systems activists through his non-profit organization SPLAB and will discuss how he prepares for interviews, the difficulties that are sometimes encountered, tech aspects and how to develop your interviewing technique.
This class is $45 per person and preregistration is required. You can reserve your spot at the Open Books online store here.
Thank you Greg Bem for the generous review of the book at Yellow Rabbits. 

Some choice cuts:

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