Sons & Daughters

Huge thanks to SPLAB Board Member and EasySpeak Seattle founder Peter Munro for tipping me off to a new journal named Sons & Daughters that seeks to publish work inspired by Charles Olson’s seminal essay Projective Verse. Peter figured it would be right up my alley and I took a look at their site:

Sons and Daughters is an online literary journal focusing on poetry that furthers the 20th century tradition of Radical Modernism. Many of our heroes can be seen in the New American Poetry Anthology. After running poetry nights in the north of England and attending poetry events in Southern California, we grew frustrated by the lack of artistry and innovation in the current poetic scene. Hoping to foster an environment for new and innovative poetry, we created Sons and Daughters.

Having experienced the great modernist epicenters of California and Northern England, we became disciples of the Modernist pioneers, from Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams, to Robert Creeley and Allen Ginsberg, and beyond. Though do not be confused: Sons and Daughters is not a modernist appreciation site that is nostalgic for a time gone by. Sons and Daughters seeks to use the principals of the Radical Modernism of the past to shape the future of both poetry and the world we live in. We hope others are willing to help us build that world.

Sons and Daughters takes our name from Charles Olson’s 1950 Manifesto, “Projective Verse”, where he mentions himself and his contemporaries as “sons of Pound and Williams”, Thus establishing a lineage that can be followed to today.

So, I sent in three recent poems that I liked, that were all composed projectively and sure enough got word yesterday that at least two have been accepted:

Dear Paul,

Hello! Your work has been selected for inclusion! We have selected “94. Dilettante Periphery” and “Angels of Waldport” to be published online as part of our inaugural edition, debuting on July 4th. Thank you for your interest in Sons and Daughters and we are happy to be accepting your work. Your work may be featured on our social media pages or on the homepage of our website, so keep an eye out. If you would not like your work featured on our social media, please let us know. Selection for publication does not guarantee a feature. We may edit your bio to fit into our style guide. If you have any unpublished interviews available, we would love for you to submit them in future submission calls. You mentioned many of our heroes in your cover letter. We would be most interested in any unpublished interview that you might have with poets that appear in the New American Poetry Anthology. Thanks Again.
We are happy you’ve joined us.

Ryan De Leon
Sons and Daughters

They launch their site the same day our August Poetry Postcard Fest kicks off, so it must be an auspicious day for poetry.

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Call for August Poetry Postcard Fest



Seattle, WA, June 5, 2019—Seattle Poetics LAB (SPLAB), a literary arts-oriented nonprofit organization and organizing entity of the Cascadia Poetry Festival, is now registering writers for the 13th August Poetry Postcard Fest. The fest, an exercise in spontaneous composition and community building, celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2017 with the release of 56 Days of August. Registration for the 13th edition of the fest is open until July 18.

To participate in the Postcard Fest, writers first register online at Then after July 4, lists of participants will begin to be sent out in groups of 32. Each participating poet has until the end of August to write 31 original poems on postcards to be sent to each other person on their list. Postcards can be as simple or as elaborate as the poet wishes.

In 2018 the fest had 293 participants, spread out as far as the United States, Australia and Japan. It also has a popular Facebook page at

The fest is the largest annual fundraiser for SPLAB; registration is set at $10 per poet, with donations over this amount also accepted. The main information page for the festival is

Over the past 25 years SPLAB has been instrumental in leading a bioregional cultural investigation using poetics, poetry festivals, publications and education and to building community through shared experience of the spoken and written word. Through the Cascadia Poetry Festival, the organization facilitates an annual gathering of writers, artists, scientists and activists to collaborate, discover and foster deeper connection between all inhabitants and the place itself.

SPLAB (, a Seattle-based nonprofit, was founded in Auburn, Washington, on December 14, 1993.


For more information, contact Paul Nelson at 206-422-5002 or splabman (at) icloud (dot) com.

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Linda Nemec Foster, Tami Haaland, Lauren Camp, Shirley Camia (I interviewed all of these poets, except Tami.)

Isa Genzken Rose II

Isa Genzken Rose II

I have been running since about May 7 and no rest in sight as I write this from Brooklyn, in the city that does not sleep because jackhammers start at 7am and people are never afraid to use their car horn. Ever.

While I visit my daughter the journalist, I do NYC things like go to MOMA & select carefully from many other world class cultural offerings. (Village Vanguard tonight! Joe Lovano & Marilyn Crispell!!)

I also fill out reports for various granting agencies that supported the recent Cascadia Poetry Festival (reviews are trickling in:


Paul E Nelson at MOMA 5.20.2019

Nicole Yurcaba & peN

BIPF Assistant Director Nicole Yurcaba and Your Humble Narrator

This after attending the Bridgewater International Poetry Festival, a folksy affair that had me doing a workshop on interviewing, a reading and three on stage interviews! The poets I interviewed were Lauren Camp from New Mexico, Shirley Camia of Manitoba via Denmark and Linda Nemec Foster of Grand Rapids, Michigan. I also deepened my friendship with Tami Haaland or Billings, Montana and met some cool poets, including Lyman Grant, once of Austin, TX, now of Harrisonburg, VA. I had a feeling we’d get along when I spotted his Black Mountain College bag. (Visiting the BMC Museum is on my list.) Linda’s reading of the only Czarnina Sestina I have ever heard was a highlight, as was Lauren’s evocative poems to Mabel Dodge Luhan, the legendary Taos writer/arts supporter/community builder.

Bridgewater College was founded by The Bretheren, a spiritual community that has long advocated pacifism and coordinated the conscientious objector camps in WWII, one of which (Camp Angell) I have been writing about in the latest chapter of my Pig War serial poem. So, to experience a small bit of what the Bretheren started in the Shenandoah Valley via the college they founded was memorable.

Stan Galloway FIst

Stan Galloway, BIPF Director

BIPF Director Stan Galloway, who graciously invited me out and treated me with first-class hospitality was not afraid to give poets “the fist” when their time was up.

All this is to say that I have not been blogging about the recent change in registration for the annual August Poetry Postcard Fest, which now has 133 poets signed up to participate starting July 4. We’re nearing the halfway mark to match last year’s level of participation and registration is here.


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