Anne Padilla and I are facilitating, preparing to make this event happen for the first time in Seattle. (The international event is back for its second annual iteration.) It is being sponsored by SICA, the Subud International Cultural Association, with poetry being the main vehicle by which people express their desire for peace, in all of its manifestations. http://www.poems-for-peace.org/ Bring a dish to share at 6:30. Confirmed readers so far include: Ibtihal Mahmood and Faiza Sultan.
Poets involved in the recently concluded August Poetry Postcard Fest have been invited and the event will happen in the Chapel of the Subud House/Spring Street Center, 1101 15th in Seattle, at 15th & Spring. There will also be music and dance performance and a collaborative poem composed at the event as a Prayer for Peace. Meena Rose will display some of her Visual Peace Poetry. We hope to see you. – Paul Nelson
Meena Rose 1
Meena Rose 2
لِنَمنَح الحربَ فُرصة Let’s Give War a Chance (excerpt)
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)