Brenda Hillman at Open Books, Sunday 10.27.13

Brenda Hillman reads at Open Books tomorrow at 3p and I first met her at Open Books in 2010, I think it was. She has just completed her tetralogy of meditations on the elements, ending up with Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire.

I had the good fortune to facilitate a November 2011 visit of Brenda to SPLAB when we had our venue in Columbia City. I found her to be an aware, kind, gentle and incredibly perceptive human and poet and look forward to her reading tomorrow. There are those more familiar with her famous poet husband’s work, but I love her weirdnesses, her non-linear leaps and her notion of giving one’s self permission to be weird. Aren’t we all weird in our own way? Few have the courage to act and reflect our own weirdness and do it not for the sake of evasion, but to give us a glimpse of their deeper selves. Brenda is one.

Brenda Hillman at Open Books

The link to my November 2011 interview with her is HERE. And I could not resist posting this photo again. (See below.) See you tomorrow and buy a book for God’s sake.

Brenda Hillman in Hillman City


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. Co-Editor of Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia, he is in year five of a twenty year Cascadia Bioregional Cultural Investigation. (Oct 12-15, 2017, Tacoma, WA)

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