Ed Varney will be reading on May 19th at the Abbey.

Ed Varney will be the featured reader at the Red Tree reading series, Sunday, May 19th, 2019, at the Abbey, 2689 Penrith Avenue, Cumberland, B.C. Join us for open mic, starting at 7pm. Suggested donation, $5.00. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Ed Varney has been a poet, a visual artist, a book and zine publisher, an editor, a critic, a curator, a book designer, and a printer. He has a BA and an MA in English Literature. He has never worked for the man.

   He began writing poetry and making art and visual poetry as a teenager and has never stopped. He has produced 26 books and chapbooks in the last 50 years and his work has appeared in numerous publications and exhibitions in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

   Varney lives quietly in Royston, BC, Canadada. He is not into self promotion but he does have 1400 friends. He is currently the archivist at The Museo Internacionale de Neu Art, an editor at The Poem Factory, and a Senior Fellow at The Specific Research Institute. He does not have a cell phone but can be reached at evarney@shaw.ca

Just a reminder – Louis Stevenson will be our featured poet on April 28th.

Louis Barrett Stevenson is the featured reader at the Red Tree reading series, Sunday, March 17, 2019, at the Abbey, 2689 Penrith Avenue, Cumberland, B.C. Join us for open mic, starting at 7pm. Suggested donation, $5.00. No one turned away for lack of funds!

Born in Whitehorse, raised across Canada, son of Cree woman and English/Norwegian Canadian soldier, educated at various colleges and universities in BC, Louis has worked in Australia, China and many logging camps in BC. His teachers include Barry McKinnon, Robin Skelton, Steve Jones, Marilyn Bowering, Frank Moher, and David Suzuki. He says he didn’t always do well, but the teachers were very good.

He has been heavily influenced by the classics in China, and by the people of China. He likes play jazz and Irish traditional music. Peace; Amituofo. He is a practicing Ch’an Buddhist and meditates daily. Louis now lives in Cumberland and is retired, although he has recently become the head gardener for the well known Irish musician, Peter Gilmore.  He has some great new work about how some of his best friends are poachers, his memories of China and the travesty of the herring fishery.

Just a reminder -Paul Nelson/American Prophets, Sunday Feb.17th

This month’s Red Tree reading features Paul Nelson, reading from his new book American Prophets The reading will take place Sunday, February 17th at 7. Doors open at 6:30. We’re expecting a good turn out, so come early to sign up for the open mic which will take place before Paul’s reading.

Also a reminder that on Sunday afternoon,  Paul Nelson will give a workshop on interviewing from 2-4 at the Abbey and will also be the featured reader that evening.

Please visit this link for an article about Paul’s work with interviewing.  https://www.paulenelson.com/2019/02/13/vancouver-island-events/

The Art of Interview: Interview Workshop with Paul Nelson
Paul Nelson is delighted to be celebrating the release of American Prophets by way of doing interview workshops in and around Cascadia for the next few months. The workshop happens at The Abbey in Cumberland, on Sunday February 17th from 2-4, 2019,  Preregistration is required. $50 CAD,  maximum 15 participants.  Contact Adelia at 250-891-9163 or adelia.macwilliam@gmail.com to register.

Class Description:

Paul E Nelson discusses American Prophets: Interviews 1994 to 2012, featuring poets Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, Wanda Coleman, Jerome Rothenberg, Nate Mackey, Brenda Hillman and Sam Hamill, and will facilitate an interview exercise. Participants will learn techniques to connect with a guest, quickly develop a rapport and sharpen skills in this under-appreciated art form. Paul E Nelson has conducted over 600 interviews with poets, authors, indigenous leaders and whole systems activists through his non-profit organization SPLAB and will discuss how he prepares for interviews, the difficulties that are sometimes encountered, tech aspects and how to develop your interviewing technique. Copies of the book American Prophets will be available for purchase.

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Poet/interviewer Paul Nelson: Founded: SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) & the Cascadia Poetry Festival Wrote: American Sentences (2015), A Time Before Slaughter (2010) and Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies (Lumme Editions, Brazil, 2013). His 2015 interview with José Kozer was published in 2016 (Ranchos Press) as Tiovivo Tres Amigos. Interviewed: Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Joanne Kyger, Robin Blaser, Anne Waldman, Ed Sanders, Diane di Prima, Nate Mackey, George Bowering, Brenda Hillman, among others and is engaged in a 20 year bioregional cultural investigation of Cascadia, including the festival, a MOOC (Innovative Cascadia Poetry), interviews with Cascadia poets indigenous elders and activists, and the anthology Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia. Paul is co-editor of that anthology as well as 56 Days of August the poetry postcard anthology and writes an American Sentence daily. *MOOC = Massive Open Online Course

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also, we’ll have a guest at our open mic, Neil Garvie, reading from his recently published book, Silence Craves a Voice  Check out the book at www.neilgarvie.com . Neil’s BOOK LAUNCH will be on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the Bayside Café 2760 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay, BC 10:30AM.  Refreshments served.

 

Happy New Year!!

The Art of Interview: Interview Workshop with Paul Nelson

Paul Nelson is delighted to be celebrating the release of American Prophets by way of doing interview workshops in and around Cascadia for the next few months.

The workshop happens at The Abbey in Cumberland, on Sunday February 17th from 2-4, 2019,  Preregistration is required. $50 CAD,  maximum 15 participants.  Contact Adelia at 250-891-9163 or info@cascadiapoeticslab.ca to register.

Class Description:

Paul E Nelson discusses American Prophets: Interviews 1994 to 2012, featuring poets Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, Wanda Coleman, Jerome Rothenberg, Nate Mackey, Brenda Hillman and Sam Hamill, and will facilitate an interview exercise. Participants will learn techniques to connect with a guest, quickly develop a rapport and sharpen skills in this under-appreciated art form. Paul E Nelson has conducted over 600 interviews with poets, authors, indigenous leaders and whole systems activists through his non-profit organization SPLAB and will discuss how he prepares for interviews, the difficulties that are sometimes encountered, tech aspects and how to develop your interviewing technique. Copies of the book American Prophets will be available for purchase.

About Splabman

Poet/interviewer Paul Nelson: Founded: SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) & the Cascadia Poetry Festival Wrote: American Sentences (2015), A Time Before Slaughter (2010) and Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies (Lumme Editions, Brazil, 2013). His 2015 interview with José Kozer was published in 2016 (Ranchos Press) as Tiovivo Tres Amigos. Interviewed: Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Joanne Kyger, Robin Blaser, Anne Waldman, Ed Sanders, Diane di Prima, Nate Mackey, George Bowering, Brenda Hillman, among others and is engaged in a 20 year bioregional cultural investigation of Cascadia, including the festival, a MOOC (Innovative Cascadia Poetry), interviews with Cascadia poets indigenous elders and activists, and the anthology Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia. Paul is co-editor of that anthology as well as 56 Days of August the poetry postcard anthology and writes an American Sentence daily. *MOOC = Massive Open Online Course

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