Bioregional Cultural Investigation

We do what we know before we know what we do–  Charles Olson.

Little did I know in 2012 that the first Cascadia Poetry Festival would be the start of a 20 year bioregional cultural investigation of Cascadia and that a poetry anthology, two more fests, many interviews and a MOOC would also happen in such a short period of time with such little institutional funding. But thanks to poets interested in this work, like Jared Leising, Nadine Antoinette Maestas, Joe Chiveney, Barry McKinnon, George Stanley, Judith Roche, Ursula Vaira and many others, it has happened. There are 16 years to go but tomorrow (Thursday, March 3rd at 11am) as part of the MOOC, we’ll live stream a panel with Judith, Nadine and Barry. See:…/cascadiacc/courses/innovative-casc…

And in the evening (7pm 3.3.16) we’ll have a reading/celebration here at my new home in the Angeline in the heart of historic Columbia City with Barry McKinnon, Judith Roche and Bill Mawhinney. Thanks to everyone who is making this happen.…/mckinnon-roche-and-mawhinn…/

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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