About Cascadia Poetics LAB

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


We believe that poetry is the nexus

at which self-knowledge, bioregionalism and expansive creativity converge. Cascadia Poetics Lab is a vibrant community whose workshops, festivals, and opportunities for connection can open the door to transformative experiences.


Cascadia Poetics LAB was founded December 14, 1993 (with a different name) in Auburn, WA, by Paul E Nelson, with the mission of creating a weekly, syndicated radio public affairs interview program that aired, at the height of syndication, on 18 stations weekly, including KING-FM, KMTT-FM, the Mountain, KZOK, KJR AM & FM, and stations in Bellingham, Portland & Victoria, BC. We’ve created over 700 hours of interview programming, much of which is online at www.AmericanProphets.org. See the CPL Board here. See also our September 1, 2021 name-change press release here.

SPLAB history is linked here.