Cascadian Zen

Cascadian Zen

What is the nature of the bioregion known as Cascadia? How is this insight expressed by the people who live, work, practice, and play here? Is there a connection between Zen practice, broadly construed, and the Cascadia bioregion? If so, what is it? Who have been the teachers in the relatively short time that Zen has been known in this bioregion? What role does water play here, more so than in other bioregions and what implications does that have for the people who live here, for their practice?

It is these questions, and other questions brought on by these, that we seek to explore in the work Cascadian Zen, to be edited by Tetsuzen Jason Wirth, Paul E Nelson and Adelia MacWilliam, with Theresa Whitehill, and will be published in October 2023 with a launch at the Cascadia Poetry Festival Oct 6-8. The volume will feature poetry, essays, artwork, and interviews. The Cascadian Zen anthology project will bring together nonfiction, poetry, and translations that explore expressions of Zen within the Cascadia bioregion.

The idea for this project grew out of many iterations of the Cascadia Poetry Festival hosted annually by the Seattle Poetics Lab (SPLAB, now Cascadia Poetics Lab). The collection will be wide-ranging in geographic scope.

Jason Wirth speaks here on February 4, 2022 about the book’s structure:

CASCADIAN ZEN

Edited by PAUL E. NELSON, JASON M. WIRTH, ADELIA MACWILLIAM, with THERESA WHITEHILL

TABLE OF CONTENTS

PREFACE: Users’ Guide

INTRODUCTION: Andrew Schelling

BASKET ONE: THE BUDDHA WAY

Daphne Marlatt

Diane di Prima

Joanne Kyger

Cedar Sigo

Philip Whalen

Gary Snyder

Albert Saijo

Mushim Patricia Ikeda

Terran Campbell

Cate Gable

Bob Redmond

Shirley Graham

Andrew Schelling

Jane Hirshfield

Peter Levitt

Robert Michael Pyle

Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs

José Kozer

Tetsuzen Jason M. Wirth

BASKET TWO: EMPTY BOWL

Sam Hamill

Denise Levertov

Tim McNulty

Mike O’Connor

Michael Daley

Red Pine (Bill Porter)

Ann Spiers

Robert Sund

Glenn “Chip” Hughes

Samuel Green

Holly J. Hughes

Tess Gallagher

Alice Derry

Alicia Hokanson

Bill Yake

Tom Jay

Judith Roche

Josh Hayes

Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma

BASKET THREE: ORIGINAL MIND

Robert Bringhurst

Ray Grigg

Wedlidi Speck

Rena Priest

Jan Zwicky

Adelia MacWilliam

Robin Blaser

Brenda Hillman

George Stanley (interviewed by Barry McKinnon) + poems

Kate Braid

Gary Copeland Lilley

Jami Macarty

Roo Borson

John Brehm

Michael McClure

Paul E. Nelson

Mary Norbert Körte

Volume I ends here and Volume II begins. To be published in Spring 2024.

BASKET FOUR: BORDERS WITHOUT BINARIES

Deborah Poe

Deborah Woodard

Edward Dorn

Briony Penn

Claudia Castro Luna

Christine Lowther

C.W. Buckley

Jerry Martien

Ursula Vaira

Theresa Whitehill

Koon Woon

Jayne Marek

Fiona Tinwei Lam

Stephen Collis

Gerard Kuperus

Matt Trease

John Olson

Tim Lilburn

Jordan Abel

Fred Wah

BASKET FIVE: WILSON’S BOWL

Phyllis Webb

Stephen Collis

Wilson Duff

Colin Browne

BASKET SIX: ISSEI ZEN

Paul E Nelson

Barbara Johns

Mike Dillon

BASKET SEVEN: STORM CLOUDS

Carletta Carrington Wilson

Robert Lashley

Rob Lewis

Maiah Merino

Meredith Quartermain

Barry McKinnon

Sharon Thesen

Joanne Arnott

Susan Kay Anderson

Diana Elser

CAConrad

Zoe Landale

Ann Graham Walker

POSTFACE: David McCloskey