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Cascadian Zen to be Featured @ Winekraft & Time Enough Books

November 26, 2023
To celebrate the release of their omnibus anthology Cascadian Zen: Writings from Cascadia in the Here and Now, Vol. I, Watershed Press, the Seattle-based nonprofit Cascadia Poetics Lab is holding two waterfront readings on the Lower Columbia: at Winekraft in Astoria at 7 p.m., Friday, December 8, and at Time Enough Books in Ilwaco at 3 p.m., Saturday, December 9.

Both events are free and everyone is welcome.

Cascadian Zen is an omnibus anthology featuring poetry and prose from distinguished writers throughout the bioregion, from Gary Snyder to Jane Hirschfield, Tess Gallagher to Tim McNulty, and many others. Not all of the contributors are followers of Zen or Buddhism, but all are close observers and interpreters of our home land, Cascadia, in the here and now.

Presenting at each reading will be three of the book’s editors, Paul Nelson, Adelia MacWilliam, and Jason Wirth, with noted local contributors Cate Gable and Robert Michael Pyle. They will be joined at the WineKraft reading by Astoria poets Florence Sage and Jim Dott, and John Ciminello of Naselle. Books will be available for sale and signing at both venues.

Paul Nelson is a widely published poet and interviewer, and the founder of Cascadia Poetics Lab. Adelia MacWilliam earned her MFA at the University of Victoria and is a Founding Editor of Watershed Press. Jason Wirth is a philosophy professor at Seattle University, a well-regarded author, and a Founding Editor of Watershed Press.

Cascadia Poetics Lab aims to empower people to practice poetry and deepen connections to their place and the present moment.

The organization maintains that self-knowledge, bioregionalism, and expansive creativity converge through poetry, and they follow this mission by hosting workshops and poetry festivals to expose participants to community, education and transformation through poetry.  The work in the anthology connects the mission of Cascadia Poetics Lab by exploring the nature of the Cascadia bioregion, Zen practice and the many questions that follow these topics.

Cascadia Poetics Lab, a Seattle-based nonprofit, was founded in Auburn, Washington, on December 14, 1993. Founding Director Paul E. Nelson is available for interviews (206) 422.5002 or pen @

Winekraft is at 80 10th St, Astoria, OR 97103-4210

Time Enough Books is at 157 Howerton Way SE # A, Ilwaco, WA 98624-9088


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