Photo of Salmon Berry by Paul E Nelson

Announcing the Cascadia Poetics Lab!

September 1, 2021
Welcome to the new website of the Cascadia Poetics Lab. Today, with the assistance of web genius Roberta Hoffman, the CPL Board of Directors and other expert support, we launch our new name and a new era for this organization that was founded December 14, 1993.

SPLAB becomes the Cascadia Poetics Lab 

Seattle, WA, September 1, 2021—The Seattle Poetics LAB (SPLAB), a 501(c)(3) literary arts-oriented nonprofit organization founded in 1993, has changed its name to the Cascadia Poetics Lab, effective today.

Founding Director Paul E Nelson said, “the new name reflects better our mission, the clarity provided by the current board and our recent and extensive organizational development work.”

The new mission is:

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

Over the past 28 years SPLAB has been instrumental in leading a bioregional cultural investigation using poetics, poetry festivals (such as the Cascadia Poetry Festival, and the Poetry Postcard Festival) along with publications and education.

In addition to the new website

the organization is launching a podcast which will lean on the 700+ hours of original interviews conducted since 1993, when the organization was founded in Auburn, Washington, on December 14, 1993.

Founding Director Paul E Nelson is available for interviews and can be contacted at  (206) 422.5002 or

Cascadia Poetics Lab, 9030 Seward Park Av S, Unit 213,

Seattle, WA 98118, USA

We have put a great deal of thought into this and we will be announcing aspects of this evolution over the next few weeks, including a podcast, a new anthology, a writer’s retreat space and other projects designed to allow people interested in the confluence of poetics, place and the present moment.

& be sure to check out the first of our Fall online workshops, Poetics as Cosmology 2021.

Paul Nelson’s Poetics as Cosmology course was resonant and revelatory. — Laura King, Helena, MT

Paul Nelson’s organic poetry workshops are less a class than a journey, leading the participant not only to an ingeniously natural method of writing, but to the living energy of the poem itself. — Rob Lewis, Bow, WA

Thanks so much for an engaging workshop – what fun! The best thing about it, to my mind, is your affirmative and humor-graced approach to all. You have a genius for getting people connected and encouraging their work… — Margaret Lee, Tulsa, OK


  1. StanleydelGozo

    lookin’ good… Bon Voyage

  2. Rob Lewis

    Excellent! Well done on the video, just the right pitch imo.

    A couple little e details. The screen shows up overlarge on my computer, so I have to toggle left and right to read to the margins. Also, the “about” pull down menu doesn’t allow to scroll down and click all the options there. Lastly, when you hover over “submit comment” there is an errant “5” hanging off the word, unless that means there has been 5 comments.

    Otherwise, it looks cpl is off to fine start.

  3. H. V. Cramond

    Congrats on the rebranding, Paul! I look forward to continued PoPo fests. Onward and upward!

  4. Splabman

    Thanks H.V! No mo popo. Poetry Postcard Fest!

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