I remember the late Marion Kimes saying that Red Sky Poetry Theater was successful in part because of some of the spinoff groups that came from it, including Subtext and SPLAB. SPLAB takes a modicum of pride in the highly successful Breadline reading series which was started by three Seattle poets who met at the old SPLAB venue in Columbia City. Greg Bem, Alex Bleecker and Jeremy Springsteed created a multi-media reading on Capitol Hill which garnered great reviews, had excellent attendance an was not afraid to put a molecular biologist on the mic between a poet and a rock band. Their last event is June 17 and it coincides with the release of an anthology they’ve created taken from many of the featured readers over the years. What was happening in Seattle writing between 2011 and 2015? The anthology will give you a very good sense of that. Congrats Breadliners. Now get some rest before your next projects.
Seattle-based poetry nonprofit Cascadia Poetics Lab is engaged in multiple celebrations throughout the Cascadia bioregion to celebrate the release of their poetry anthology Cascadian Zen Vol. I, published by Watershed Press. After a successful event at Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle, WA on Monday December 4, 2023; the current calendar of launch events includes Peninsula College in Port Angeles, WA on December 7; Winekraft Wine Bar in Astoria, OR on December 8; Time Enough Books in Ilwaco, WA on December 9. All of these events are open to the public!