C&P March 14 w/ John Olson

A participant in an open mic recently mentioned how important such spaces are now in our culture, with such political unrest and division. She could have also mentioned the ecological crisis we’re experiencing, or the violence that’s becoming routine, as in the recent Parkland High School massacre in Florida or the extra-judicial executions by police officers which inordinately impact certain groups, among numerous other things.

I have always appreciated the literary sanghas that, fortunately in Seattle, have been easy to find. First, for me, with Red Sky Poetry Theater, then SPLAB in Auburn and Columbia City, as well as what’s now the Easy Speak series in Wedgwood. An attempt to extend that last series to Rainier Beach is coming to an end, but that is another story.

One other place friendly to poets has been C&P Coffeehouse in West Seattle (recently given new life thanks to a crowd-funding campaign. Thanks to an invite by Leopoldo Seguel to be the feature at his Poetry Bridge series, I will be one of the featured poets on Wednesday, March 14, at 7pm. The other is John Olson! One of my all-time favorite poets and humans. Please consider coming out, reading at the open mic and enjoying the show.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
5612 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98136


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Ellensburg Poetry Prowl, Postcards in Bay Area

Upcoming gig alert!

11am, March 24, 2018: Book Passage, Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA.

Join us for a celebration of the publication of 56 Days of August (Five Oaks Press) – readers will include participants in the yearly August Poetry Postcard Festival, Tupelo 30/30 alumns, and anthology editors Ina Roy-Faderman and your humble narrator. A great opportunity to hear some amazing short-form poetry, meet several well-known poets and purchase your own copy of this gorgeous poetry-and-art anthology.


More of the same 2pm, March 25, 2018: Red Berry Coffee Bar, Los Altos, CA.

I’m delighted to be part of the third Ellensburg Poetry Prowl April 7. See: https://www.inlandpoetry.com/ This event is dedicated to the memory of Langston Hughes and features Robert Lashley, among others. See: https://www.inlandpoetry.com/2018-poets I will be reading and a participant in a panel that discusses poetry postcards. Judy Kleinberg and Eugenia Hepworth Petty are the other panelists.

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Andrew Schelling in Cascadia

In the process of organizing the audio archives of SPLAB, (thank you 4Culture) and those that pre-date the December 13, 1993 founding of the non-profit organization, I came across the audio of Anne Waldman and Andrew Schelling talking about American Sentences in a 2001 interview. I had read the poems created in that form by Allen Ginsberg in 1994, when I interviewed the legendary poet, but the form gained new significance when I saw the sentences through the eyes of Anne and Andrew.

Eight years later Andrew was there shedding light on the haibun form in an email exchange.

Now thanks in part to Jason Wirth and his Seattle University Eco-Sangha, Andrew Schelling is coming to Cascadia and will participate in several events, some of which are connected to his brilliant new biography of Jaime de Angulo:

Jaime de Angulo’s linguistic and ethnographic work, his writings, as well as the legends that cloak the Old Coyote himself, vividly reflect the particulars of the Pacific coast. His poetry and prose uniquely represented the bohemian sensibility of the twenties, thirties and forties, and he was known for his reworkings of coyote tales and shamanic mysticism. So vivid was his writing that Ezra Pound called him “the American Ovid,” and William Carlos Williams claimed that de Angulo was “one of the most outstanding writers I have ever encountered.”

The schedule is subject to change, but as of this writing includes:

Thursday, Feb 22, Northwind Gallery, Port Townsend, interview and reading, 7pm.

Friday, February 23, 6:30pm, i.e. Gallery in Edison. Andrew Schelling reads with Kevin Craft and Georgia Johnson.

Saturday, February 24, 7pm, private event, Seattle.

Sunday, February 25, 3-5pm, Interview/reading at Elliott Bay Books.

Monday, February 26, Seattle U Student Center Room 130, 7:30pm, Seattle U Eco-Sangha, Andrew Schelling will read some of his poems as well as discuss the relationship between poetry and Buddhist practice.

Since meeting Andrew in 1997, I have written over 6,000 American Sentences and at least 99 haibun, so you can imagine the joy I will have at presenting this man, his fine intellect, his poetry knowledge and his new work on a talent deserving wider recognition, Jaime de Angulo. Please consider attending one (or more) of these events.

A July 2011 interview conducted by your humble narrator is found here.



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