CPF4 Schedule

Denise Levertov

Denise Levertov

The most up-to-date schedule for the 4th Cascadia Poetry Festival, Nov 3-6, 2016 at Spring Street Center, has been released. Poets for the late night programming, the After Party, will be announced before the fest begins. Living Room is a FREE, DEMOCRATIC and OPEN reading for poets to read their own work in a circle format with other poets and happens 3-5pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday during the fest. George Stanley and Brenda Hillman are past Living Room participants and the reading will be limited to 40 participants. This year’s fest honors the legacy of Denise Levertov and there will be a ritual walk to her grave Sunday morning and the unveiling of a plaque outside her last home in Seward Park.

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After Party

cascadia-poetry-festival-logoAt 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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Denise Levertov Plaque and Panel

denise-levertov-plaque-indiegogo-1This year’s Cascadia Poetry Festival is dedicated to the memory and legacy of Denise Levertov, likely the best poet to ever call Seattle home. People who knew Levertov, who were her friends, who studied her work, and/or who were touted by her, will be part of the fest, the details of which are at www.CascadiaPoetryFestival.org  A pass to every festival event (except workshops) is $35 and available here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2556264

A panel to be moderated by Nadine Maestas will feature Sam Hamill, Brenda Hillman, Brenda Hillman, Daphne Marlatt and Tim McNulty. That happens Saturday morning, November 5, 2016, at 10:30.

A ritual walk to Levertov’s grave will be hosted by JM Miller and feature Daphne Marlatt and Brenda Hillman.

A workshop which asks:

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.

happens Friday, Nov 4, 2016, from 9a-12N and is facilitated by Marlatt, who met Levertov in 1963 at the seminal Vancouver Poetry Conference. Details here: http://cascadiapoetryfestival.org/poetic-habitat-now-daphne-marlatt-workshop/

And then there is a plaque honoring Levertov that SPLAB and the Rainier Valley Rotary will be having installed at the house Levertov called home for the eight years she lived in Seattle, in the Seward Park neighborhood. Please consider a contribution to make this happen:


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Tacoma Poetry Festival

Brian Turner
Brian Turner, Iraq-war veteran and author of the highly acclaimed Here Bullet is the headliner of the 2nd Tacoma Poetry Festival.

Registration is now open for the two-day Festival, happening at the Tacoma Public Utilities Building on Friday evening, October 21, and all day Saturday, October 22, 2016. See the lineup of featured poets, readings and workshops on The Tacoma Poetry Festival website and watch for updates on Facebook.

Tacoma Poetry Festival 2016

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