Cascadia Update

The 3rd Cascadia Poetry Festival is three weeks away in Nanaimo, BC, and unlike the first two, it is in Canada and it is being run by people who attended at least one of the previous events. This is an exciting development and thanks to David Fraser, Kim Goldberg, Kim Clark, Mary Ann Moore and others on the local organizing team, this appears as it is going to be a huge success. See: for the current schedule.

Among the headliner participants are:

Sam Hamill, Brenda Hillman, Robert Bringhurst, Sharon Thesen, Susan

Brenda Hillman City

Musgrave, George Stanley, Barry McKinnon, Anastacia Tolbert and others. See: for bios.

Among the fascinating panels includes:

11:30: – 1:00pm, Location: VIU Bldg. 355, Room 203 – Host Mary Ann Moore

Panel 5: On The Margins: who or what is ‘marginal’? Who or what is considered visible, and worthy of being historical?

Panelists: Nadine Maestas, Joanne Arnott, Janet Marie Rogers, Susan Musgrave, Renée Sarojini Saklikar

Anyone can read their own work at the Living Room Thursday through Saturday from 3-5P at the Nanaimo Museum. & there is late night programming as well, to ensure the right amount of drinking and sleep deprivation.

Soon, an update on the Cascadia Poetry Anthology, Make It True and the Cascadia Innovative Poetry MOOC.

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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