CPF4 Thanks

We’re grateful to all the people who came out to celebrate the intersection of the Cascadia bioregion and poetry this past weekend. We’ll be posting links to videos and hopefully other material generated, or inspired, by the 4th Cascadia Poetry Festival, staged at the Spring Street Center, Common Area Maintenance and Open Books, November 3-6, 2016.

A huge thanks to all the volunteers, the Spring Street Center, 4Culture, Poets & Writers, the Tacoma Poetry Festival, Open Books, Common Area Maintenance, Cascadia Now, the Small Press Fair participants like Entre Rios Press and Talon Books and all the other sponsors and participants.

JM Miller on Main Stage, CPF4, Nov 5, 2016 (Photo by Meredith Nelson)

JM Miller on Main Stage, CPF4, Nov 5, 2016 (Photo by Meredith Nelson)


Water Panel: Roger Fernandes, Sarah DeLeeuw, Erin Fristad and moderator Peter Munro


A “Welcome to the Duwamish/Muckleshoot Ancestral Homeland” from Valerie Segrest


Tim McNulty on the Levertov Panel


Glenna Cook, Shazia Hafiz, Sarah Rauch and Brittany Reid at the Poetic habitat now workshop facilitated by Daphne Marlatt (Photo by Meredith Nelson)


Daphne Marlatt at workshop (Photo by Meredith Nelson)


Colleen McElroy Nov 5, 2016


Carletta Carrington Wilson at the After Party, Nov 4, 2016 Common Area Maintenance


Carl Palmer at Poetic habitat now workshop (Photo by Meredith Nelson)


Brenda Hillman and Elizabeth Cooperman share a meal at the Spring Street Center


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CPF5 in Tacoma (Oct 12-15, 2017)

Mark your calendar for next year’s fest, the 5th CPF:


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Closing Reading at Open Books

open-books-logoWe’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

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

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

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.

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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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