Seattle University: Pigott Auditorium & Spring St Center @ 901 12th Avenue, Seattle University, Seattle, WA 98122, USA

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Thursday
May
1
2014
Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 7:30pm through Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 9pm
7:30pm through Sunday, May 4 at 9pm
The Cascadia Poetry Festival is an international event which seeks to bioregionally animate & culturally construct Cascadia by gathering writers, artists, scientists and activists to collaborate, discover and foster deeper connection between all inhabitants and the place itself. The second Cascadia Poetry Festival happens May 1-4, 2014, at Seattle University’s Pigott Auditorium and Spring Street Center. The following schedule is the most current and is still subject to change. A Gold Pass is $25 for the whole weekend and you can get your Gold Pass here by using Paypal. Some events have limited space and will be first come-first served. Mother Tongue Publishing Mother Tongue Publishing Thursday, May 1, 7:30p, Force Field reading, featuring poets from the first all women anthology of British Columbia poets in 34 years. Judith Roche is emcee. Confirmed poets include: Yvonne Blomer (Victoria), Jen Currin (Vancouver), Kim Goldberg (Nanaimo), Heidi Greco (White Rock), Daphne Marlatt (Vancouver), Renee Sarojini Saklikar (New Westminister) and Ursula Vaira (Lantzville, BC) at Spring Street Center, 1101 15th in Seattle at the corner of 15th & Spring. Friday, May 2, 9a-1p, Daphne Marlatt Workshop: 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. ($80 and not included in the Gold Pass.) Spring Street Center, 1101 15th in Seattle at the corner of 15th & Spring. Friday, May 2, 3-5p, Living Room. A free and open democratic reading where people read their own work and listen to others in a circle format. No gold pass is necessary for entry. Spring Street Center, 1101 15th in Seattle at the corner of 15th & Spring. Small Press Bookfair. Starting Friday at 6p. 30 small presses from around the bioregion display their wares and introduce you to poets from around Cascadia. Runs through the weekend in Paccar Atrium at Seattle U. Hello America! Hello America! Friday, May 2, 7:30p-9p, Keynote Reading. George Bowering (Vancouver), Joanne Kyger (Bolinas), George Stanley (Vancouver), Kaia Sand (Portland) and Emily Kendal Frey (Portland). Pigott Auditorium. Friday, May 2, 10p, Beer Slam, 8 Cascadia poets compete for the right to be crowned Cascadia Beer Slam Champ: Kim Goldberg (Nanaimo, BC), Heidi Greco (White Rock, BC), Robert Lashley (Tacoma and Bellingham, WA), dan raphael (Portland, OR), Anastacia Tolbert (Mukilteo, WA), Spring Street Center, 1101 15th in Seattle at the corner of 15th & Spring. Saturday, May 3, 9a-10:10a, Cascadia Geography: Place & Spirit, David McCloskey, Professor Emeritus at Seattle U and Founder of the Cascadia Institute. The “Father of Cascadia” says: “Cascadia is a real place! A quick tour of the latest images and understandings of Cascadia’s geography and ecology making it a distinctive bioregion with its own character and context.” Paccar Atrium at Seattle U. Saturday, May 3, 10:20a-11:30a, Panel 1: Cascadian Poetics: Innovations from Here. Nadine Maestas (Seattle) facilitates a panel on what is innovative in Cascadia poetry. Panel includes: Jen Currin (Vancouver), Jeanne Heuving (Seattle), Joanne Kyger (Bolinas), George Stanley (Vancouver). Paccar Atrium at Seattle U. Saturday, May 3, 11:40a-12:50p, Panel 2: Geoactivism (Geography & Activism). The panel includes: Eric De Place (Seattle), Trevor Carolan (North Vancouver), Kaia Sand (Portland, OR). Paccar Atrium at Seattle U. Saturday, May 3, 3-5p, Living Room. A free and open democratic reading where people read their own work and listen to others in a circle format. No gold pass is necessary for entry. Spring Street Center, 1101 15th in Seattle at the corner of 15th & Spring. Saturday, May 3, 7:30p-9p Force Field/Feminists (Allergic to Cats) Reading. Emceed by Jocelyn McDonald (Seattle) this is an all women reading alternating between Northern Cascadia poets and those of Southern Cascadia. Pigott Auditorium at Seattle U. Saturday, May 3, 10p-? The After Party. 30+ poets from around Cascadia read one poem each with lots of time for socializing between the three sets. Spring Street Center Reception Hall (downstairs). Spring Street Center, 1101 15th in Seattle at the corner of 15th & Spring. Sunday, May 4, 9a-10:10a. Roundtable Discussion featuring selected faculty members. A discussion of the work so far. What did you love? Paccar Atrium at Seattle U. Sunday, May 4, 10:20a-11:30a. Panel 3: Geopoetics (Regional Ecology & Poetics): Gordon Miller (Seattle U), Facilitator. Panel: Derek Sheffield (Wenatchee, WA), Renee Sarojini Saklikar (New Westminster, BC) and Daphne Marlatt (Vancouver). Paccar Atrium at Seattle U. Sunday, May 4, 11:40-12:50p. Panel 4: Bridging the Border: Cascadia Poetry MOOC. Paul Nelson (Seattle) facilitates. Panel: Nadine Maestas (Seattle, Jared Leising (Seattle), Jim Jones (Seattle) and Tod Marshall (Spokane). Paccar Atrium at Seattle U. Sunday, May 4, 3-5p, Living Room. A free and open democratic reading where people read their own work and listen to others in a circle format. No gold pass is necessary for entry. Spring Street Center, 1101 15th in Seattle at the corner of 15th & Spring. Sunday, May 4, 7:30p-9p, Closing Reading. Poets from the 826 Seattle anthology What to Read in the Rain. Heather McHugh (Seattle), Frances McCue (Seattle), Stephen Collis (Vancouver) and Maged Zaher (Seattle.) Pigott Auditorium at Seattle U.