City of Poets

C.A Conrad w/ Furries

It was a phrase used by C.A. Conrad when he visited Seattle and did a reading at SPLAB. He said he loved being part of our City of Poets. Our current Board President, Eze Anamalechi likes the idea of a Poetic Commons.

Another Board Member, Joe Chiveney, suggests we have Saturday workshops where the critique goes deeper than the Tuesday night Living Room circles.

One guy who took the Organic Poetry course at the Richard Hugo House, Aaron Kokorowski, wants to know if a takeoff on Warhol’s Factory project is possible. His equation SPLAB + Factory = SPLACtory.

Nadine Maestas wants to do a more academic look at Allen Ginsberg during the Ginsberg Marathon.

Brian McGuigan wants to throw a poet’s party with “the ones that write poems about salmon and death and email and shit I don’t even understand, small press poets, homemade chapbook poets, everyone, and come get to know each other, sort of like a mixer.”

You get the idea. Now, it’s your turn.

  • We’re turning SPLAB over to a collective, a poetic commons, a City of Poets. With the exception of two dates in the Fall, the 2012/2013 SPLAB season is yours to design. It requires a commitment, but that’s to be determined. We want to stick with writers and our bias is poets. We won’t put up with poetasters, but do want folks who want to grow in their own work. Please bring a short poem for the Living Room at SPLAB, 7PM on Tuesday, January 31 and come to tell us how you’d like to see SPLAB evolve; what project you have dreamed of doing with poets.

SPLAB is at 3651 S Edmunds in the former Columbia School. Just off Metro’s 7 or 8, a couple of blocks from the Columbia City Link Light Rail station with plenty of free parking, join the commons. We’ll also talk about Cascadia.

About Splabman

Paul Nelson is founder of SPLAB in Seattle and the Cascadia Poetry Festival. He wrote 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.) 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, has presented his poetry and poetics in London, Brussels, Qinghai and Beijing, China, Lake Forest, Illinois and other places & writes an American Sentence every day. www.PaulENelson.com
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