Last Two SPLAB Living Rooms in Columbia City

June 19, 2012

We’re down to two last Living Room writer’s critique circle sessions in Columbia City. Early returns on the outreach we’re doing suggests that, while the current SPLAB is a lovely and intimate space, it is out of the way for most people who would attend SPLAB events so, barring a miracle of collective action, the SPLAB tenure in Columbia City ends with a bang on June 26. (If you are interested in being involved in SPLAB’s future, which will continue (stay tuned for that) we are interested in Board Members. 100 Thousand Poets for Change, the Cascadia Poetry Festival and the digitization of SPLAB archives are three current projects. Contact Paul Nelson if you would like to be more involved in SPLAB’s future activities.)

Tonight, Tuesday, June 19, Nadine Maestas is set to lead the Living Room. Stay tuned.

Next week, we’ll have a special Living Room, where we won’t critique work, but we’ll celebrate & create Personal Universe Decks, along the lines of Michael McClure’s notion from a 1976 Naropa workshop. Feel free to bring something to drink or eat. We’ll have some snacks and drinks for the gathered (than you Tutta Bella) and we’ll create our own decks for aiding our own compositions.

McClure 1976 Naropa Essay

Writers of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels gather Tuesdays at 7P to read new work, the work of someone else or to just be in the engaging company of other writers. Your donation of $5 helps SPLAB continue our programming. Please bring 8 copies of the work you plan to read. Copies are no longer provided by SPLAB.

Living Room happens @ SPLAB in the Cultural Corner at 3651 S. Edmunds. (Look for the SPLAB sign on the wall and come inside.) We’re 2 blocks from the Columbia City Link Light Rail Station.


  1. Kristen Young

    Paul, thank you for bringing poetry to Columbia City for as long as you did. I wish you and SPLAB the best. -Kristen

  2. Splabman

    Sweet of you to write this, Kristen. Of course, SPLAB is still HQ’d in Hillman City and we have at least one event confirmed for Hugo House in September. It is my hope people will get a sense of the tone and quality of our events, open yet committed to work that is more challenging, and attend in higher numbers at HH.



  3. kurt youenes

    Having recently discovered the comfy living room at SPLAB, and the writer’s critique circle, i think it would be a crying shame if these did not continue in some form or fashion whatever the venue. So count me in for wanting to be involved in SPLAB’s future; capitol hill and columbia city are both great for me; i live on the hill…

  4. kjmiller

    enjoyed photos of ginzberg marathon. kjm

  5. Splabman

    Thanks Kurt. We appreciate your presence in the Living Room. Stay tuned to your friendly neighborhood E-Fishwrapper.


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