Mark your calendar for next year’s fest, the 5th CPF:
We’re delighted to close the 4th Cascadia Poetry Festival at Open Books: A Poem Emporium, at 2414 N. 45th in Seattle’s vibrant Wallingford neighborhood. Our thanks to new owner Billie Swift for collaborating with us. That reading happens from 4-6, Sunday, November 6, 2017, and includes Sam Hamill, Brenda Hillman and Colleen McElroy. Admission is $10 or free with a Gold Pass available at the registration table starting Thursday, Nov 3, at 2:30pm. Jared Leising is your Master of Ceremonies.
Sam Hamill was born in 1943 and grew up on a Utah farm. He is Founding Editor of Copper Canyon Press and served as Editor there for thirty-two years. He taught in artist-in-residency programs in schools and prisons and worked with Domestic Violence programs. He directed the Port Townsend Writers Conference for nine years, and in 2003, founded Poets Against the War. He is the author of more than forty books, including celebrated translations from ancient Chinese, Japanese, Greek and Latin. Habitation (Lost Horse Press, 2015) is his latest.
Brenda Hillman has published chapbooks with Penumbra Press, a+bend press, and EmPress; she is the author of nine full-length collections from Wesleyan University Press, the most recent of which are Practical Water (2009), winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire (2013), which received the International Griffin Poetry Prize for 2014. With Patricia Dienstfrey, she edited The Grand Permission: New Writings on Poetics and Motherhood (Wesleyan, 2003), and has co-translated Poems from Above the Hill by Ashur Etwebi and Instances by Jeongrye Choi. Hillman teaches at St. Mary’s College where she is the Olivia C. Filippi Professor of Poetry; she is an activist for social and environmental justice. http://brendahillman.net/
Colleen J. McElroy is professor emeritus of English and creative writing at the University of Washington. Former editor in chief of the Seattle Review, she’s published numerous poetry collections, Here I Throw Down My Heart and the brand new Blood Memory, was published as part of the Pitt Poetry Series, University of Pittsburgh press. She has published creative nonfiction including A Long Way from St. Louie and Over the Lip of the World: Among the Storytellers of Madagascar and received numerous prestigious literary awards.
The democratic part of the Cascadia Poetry Festival is Living Room, a gathering of poets reading original work to each other in a circle format. Established poets read next to beginner poets and everything in between. This year Living Room happens from 3-5pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 3, 4 & 5, at the main venue, Spring Street Center, 1101 15th, at the corner of 15th & Spring. Parking is limited and public transportation is recommended. Admission is free for this event and poets are welcome to read original work with a 3 minute time limit. The Spring Street Center is also available for your party, workshop and lodging needs via Airbnb. We’re grateful to Subud Greater Seattle for their donation of space for this event. See you Thursday in the Living Room.
There are two remarkable workshops being offered at the 4th Cascadia Poetry Festival in Seattle, November 3-6. Both are on Friday morning, November 4. Space is limited for both workshops.
Daphne Marlatt, the remarkable Vancouver poet associated with the TISH group of the early 60s and noted feminist, will facilitate: Poetic habitat now
What might a biocentric poem look and sound like? What would happen to a writer’s subjectivity in such writing? How might what Denise Levertov calls “the poetry of linguistic impulse” enact the habitat of both poem and earth/world? Bring a poem (in any form) you might have written in response to these open-ended questions. We will explore what such questions and their concerns bring up in the process of writing. (More details here.)
Class is limited to 15 participants and up to two scholarships. It will be conducted 9a-12N on Friday, November 4. Admission is $80 and you can register at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2556264 Workshop admission does not include a Gold Pass to the festival.
Listen to an interview Paul Nelson did with Marlatt here.
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Handmade Artist Books-Learn the Explosion Book & variations. No experience necessary.
Changed to Friday Morning, November 4, 2016, 9a-12n. Limit: eight participants. Registration fee: $45. Register here. Facilitator Marilyn Stablein.
This workshop will be useful to writers, artists and anyone interested in discovering alternative ways to display work either in unique one-of-a-kind presentations or to consider ways to self publish small editions of their writing, art or a combination of both. The workshop will begin with a presentation of three basic book structures that anyone can make. We will then make the books and discuss optional ways to illustrate or insert personal memorabilia and/or written work. Writing examples could be a poem, a favorite quotation, or an excerpt from a travel or nature journal. Another option is to leave the books blank for future projects or to give as gifts.
More info here: http://cascadiapoetryfestival.org/handmade-artist-books/