TISH Happens

Frank Davey
Frank Davey

For a sense of what TISH was about, and one of the most important movements in Cascadia poetry history, see Kevin Killian’s review of When TISH Happens, the new Frank Davie memoir of the magazine: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/harriet/2014/04/when-tish-happens/

& for only $25 for the whole weekend, get your Gold Pass for the 2nd Cascadia Poetry Festival, where George Bowering and Daphne Marlatt (of that TISH group) read, give workshops, appear on panels and hang out at what may be the largest bioregional gathering of poets in Cascadia history: www.CascadiaPoetryFestival.org

Beer Slam & Cascadia Sponsors

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Our IndieGoGo campaign has some WONDERFUL premiums, like bourbon (&/or tea) with translator Red Pine and sushi with Sam Hamill, among other things. Sponsors include:

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Cascadia Community College
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Central Co-op (Madison Market)
Leaf Press
Naked City Brewpub
Open Books: A Poem Emporium
Restaurant Zoë
Sakura (Sushi Bar in Burlington, WA)
Seattle University’s Creative Writing Department
Sightline Institute
Spring Street Center
The Common Acre
WITS (Writers in the Schools)

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Cascadia Beer Slam Qualifier April 6

Presenting: Runoff! the Cascadia Poetry Festival Beer Slam Qualifier

Sunday April 6th, 8p.m. at Naked City Brewing

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Naked City

In anticipation of Cascadia Poetry Festival’s Beer Slam, where poets of all styles and locations from around Cascadia show their swagger, Naked City and the Cascadia Poetry Festival present this qualifying round, which will determine who represents Seattle to Cascadia at large. Eight poets will compete bout-style, and the winner goes on to compete May 2nd in the Beer Slam at Spring Street Center at 10pm against poets from all over Cascadia. (Weekend Gold Passes are now on sale at www.CascadiaPoetryFestival.org).

Featuring competing poetic stylings of Morris Stegosaurus, Roberto Ascalon, Casey Tonnelly, Rich Smith, Larry Crist, Sara Brickman, Kris Hall, and Laura Wachs.
This event is free and the bar will be open.8564 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
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Daphne Marlatt and the Spirit of a Bioregion

To dwell with conifers. Eaves drip, echo cedar’s arm
shedding water down Spray scales waxy (cover
you lost.

-Daphne Marlatt from the poem UnderLiquidities Cover
published in Liquidities: Vancouver Poems Then and Now

Daphne Marlatt
Daphne Marlatt

My cultural investigation of the bioregion known as Cascadia continues with Daphne Marlatt, one of the best known Canadian poets, a participant in the seminal 1963 Vancouver Poetry Conference, feminist and Buddhist. It was in segment five of our January 11, 2014, interview in which she read the poem from which the above snippet was excerpted and she gives us a sense that water clearly shapes Cascadia more than your typical bioregion. Water, as mist and fog, may have a huge role in how things get masked here as well and I am thinking of the legendary passive aggression here and Daphne Marlatt does not get into it, but this is a little taste of what workshop participants will get when she facilitates the only workshop at the upcoming Cascadia Poetry Festival. The workshop is halfway sold out at this point and registrants will be limited to 15. I suspect that events like this will likely will be seen as quite important when the history of this bioregion is being written in the future. We should be as focused, perceptive and dedicated as writers like Daphne Marlatt. Hear segment five here.

In a Word, or Many: Where Language meets Terrain
Limited to 15 participants.

This poetry workshop (which does not exclude prose) will investigate the ways words come to us in the act of writing when we situate ourselves on the threshold between our outer and inner worlds, with language as the sill for that threshold.  We will look at how perception works linguistically, moving through lexicon and syntax, and relationally, within the locale, creatures and persons that sustain us. There will be writing time in the workshop as well as time for discussion and exchange.

Bio: Daphne Marlatt has published more than twenty books across a wide range of genres, including poetry, fiction, criticism, and theory.  She has also been the founder of ground-breaking journals, including Tessera and periodics, and an editor on several other journals.

She has published three innovative novels: ZocaloAna Historic, which received critical acclaim, and Taken.  Her early poem sequence, Steveston, led to the writing of The Gull (2009) an award-winning Noh play based on the traditional Japanese drama form.  Marlatt’s The Given (2008), a long narrative poem, won the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize.  She was awarded the Order of Canada in 2006 for her contributions to Canadian literature.