Crater Lake Illustration by Roberta Hoffman

Empowering people to practice poetry & deepen connections to place, self & the present moment.

We believe that poetry is the nexus

at which self-knowledge, bioregionalism and expansive creativity converge. Cascadia Poetics Lab is a vibrant community whose workshops, festivals, and opportunities for connection can open the door to transformative experiences.

Cascadian Prophets 1 – Robert Lashley (Sept 2021)

by Paul E. Nelson

“Achingly beautiful” is the poetry of Robert Lashley. “His rich mind and his wounded soul – blaze in glory like never before” says one critic. His third book is Green River Valley published by Blue Cactus Press in his hometown of Tacoma, which makes it a homecoming of sorts, though he lives in Bellingham, despite that there is Tacoma all over this book as well as more of Uncle Moe, Big Momma, Aunt Virginia and his homeboys. Robert was a 2016 Jack Straw Fellow, an Artist Trust Fellow, a Stranger Genius Award nominee and talked to host Paul E Nelson about Green River Valley and his work.

 

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We recognize that our home office is on the ancestral homeland of the Duwamish, Muckleshoot and other Coastal Salish tribes. Our dedication to bioregionalism is to co-exists on this land in the sacred manner as practiced by the traditional ways of these indigenous people.

 

Statement on Ahimsa by Board Member Jason Wirth

January 20, 2021

The (Poetry Postcard Fest) and the Cascadia Poetry Festival (are) connected… When you’re writing poetry… part of poetry is the craft… rules (to be understood) in a variety of contexts… (Craft is…) a necessary but not sufficient condition. You’re also… experiencing your mind, at a very deep level. And that mind as you experience it more deeply, is not in a vacuum… It’s now and here… rooted in the socio-economic and ecological conditions that make it possible. And participating in… the spiritual exercise of these postcards, is already entering into… a deep bioregional awakening and conversion. In a way we’re trying for something like a spiritual revolution, and that poetry is not just an interesting thing that you can do, if you like. It’s a fundamental exercise of being here in a less harmful way… it’s a deep ahimsa, a deep practice of non-harming and cultivation. And so, it’s all connected… And… our ambition is… trying to have a mind that would be capable, of being in this place in a better way… We’re going to live or die, by how we come down on these issues going forward.