Ten Years of Postcard Fest

Hamma Hamma

The tenth year of the August POetry POstcard Fest is under way and there are seven full groups of 32 poets, 224 participants in all, which is a record for the fee era.

And there are participants from Alabama, Alberta, Australia, British Columbia, California, Connecticut, England, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, India, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, New Zealand, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Scotland, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. (I think I got everybody, but my eyes are getting blurry when I even look at an excel file after two weeks of intensive registration.)

And there have been two astute testimonials to the fest’s true essence, spontaneous composition. One by Ina Roy-Faderman (who is the main force behind the poetry postcard anthology 56 Days of August) and one by Linda Crosfield, who is a ten year vet. Besides Linda, Judy Jensen and I, there must be other ten year veteran postcarders, (please come forward) but I can’t remember right now and no more excel files for a while.

And I am not so anal about people not writing spontaneously now. If they want to cheat themselves out of the experience, that’s their loss. I explained to a writer friend that, for best effect, one should use Preparation H as directed, but if you put it on a cracker, you might get some good out of it, so more power to you.

And there have been numerous emails and Facebook messages to me, thanking me for the work done to get the lists out and for keeping this thing going. It is a joy for me to be involved and an honor to be of use in such a novel way. Thank you for believing in this, for telling friends, for participating and (hopefully) for experiencing the joy of getting to be the first person to read a card that you wrote with the aid of the ghosts of postcard past.

Happy carding. I will again post all cards I have written and write a summary once I have finished writing at least 32.

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. 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)
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