Living Room

spring-street-center-logoThe 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.


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Two Cascadia Workshops

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

Daphne Marlatt

Daphne Marlatt

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 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.

Marilyn Stablein at her Small Press Fair booth for Book Art Editions at the festival in Nanaimo, British Columbia. May 2015

Marilyn Stablein at her Small Press Fair booth for Book Art Editions at the festival in Nanaimo, British Columbia. May 2015

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:

Listen to an interview with Marilyn Stablein here.

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After Party

cpf_poster16printAt the 4th Cascadia Poetry Festival, November 3-6, 2016 in Seattle, the festivities will go late thanks to the poetry reading known as The After Party.

The After Party mixing genres and allowing participants one poem each, expands to two nights, Friday and Saturday, 10p-12M, and will be staged at Common Area Maintenance, 2125 2nd Avenue in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood. Admission by Gold Pass or $10. Matthew Trease and Greg Bem are curators and hosts.

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2016 Cascadia Regional Poetry Slam


Rain City Slam, Seattle Poetry Slam, Olympia People’s Mic and the Cascadia Poetry Festival bring you the biggest regional slam tournament the Pacific Northwest has ever seen.

The 2016 Cascadia Regional Poetry Slam brings together 8 teams from all over the Northwest to compete in a two day tournament the region’s finest performance poetry.

Friday: Prelims! Two slams of 4 teams each compete for a chance at finals. Top 2 teams move on.

Saturday: Finals! Top 4 teams compete for a shot of Cascadia Poetry Slam champions!

Competing teams include Seattle Poetry Slam, Rain City Slam, Olympia People’s Mic, Vancouver Poetry Slam, Portland Poetry Slam, Spokane Poetry Slam, Boise Poetry Slam, and Slamlandia.

What’s a poetry slam? A poetry slam is a competitive poetry event wherein poets share performed poetry to an audience and five randomly selected judges. Judges rate each poem 0-10 based on content, performance and originality. There are three rules to a poetry slam:

1. Poets must perform their own original work.
2. Poems must be performed without props, costumes or musical accompaniment.
3. Poems must be 3 mintues or under (with a 10 second grace period). Points will deducted if poems go over this time limit.





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