Announcing 7th Cascadia Poetry Festival October 6-8 2023

October 6 – 8, 2023

Cascadia Poetics LAB Founders Circle Members
will be given the first opportunity to purchase an all-access Gold Pass

Cascadian Zen Book Cover

Featuring: Cascadian Zen Volume 1 Launch

3 Baskets …

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


Sam Hamill
Denise Levertov
Tim McNulty
Mike O’Connor
Robert Sund
Glenn “Chip” Hughes
Ann Spiers
Samuel Green
Holly J. Hughes
Tess Gallagher
Michael Daley
Red Pine (Bill Porter)
Alice Derry
Alicia Hokanson
Bill Yake
Tom Jay
Judith Roche
Josh Hayes
Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma


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

Festival Featured Poets:

Brenda Hillman

Brenda Hillman

-One of contemporary poetry’s most eclectic and formally innovative writers, Brenda Hillman is known for poems that draw on elements of found texts and document, personal meditation, observation, and literary theory. Often described as “sensuous” and “luminescent,” Hillman’s poetry investigates and pushes at the possibilities of form and voice, while remaining grounded in topics such as geology, the environment, politics, family, and spirituality. In an interview with Sarah Rosenthal, Hillman described her own understanding of form: “It is the artist’s job to make form. Not even to make it, but to allow it. Allow form. And all artists have a different relationship to it, and a different philosophy of it… I think that when you are trying to open up a territory—in this case I was working with a desire to open the lyric—you have to be greedy, in that you want more than you can do. And you’re always bound to fail. (Wikipedia –

Andrew Schelling

Andrew Schelling

-An ecologist, naturalist, and explorer of wilderness areas, Schelling has travelled in North America, Europe, India, and the Himalayas. His poetry is known for its engagement with the rhythms and elements of the natural world, its use of literary forms derived from traditional Asian literary forms and from International modernism, with a grounding in languages. He is one of the few renowned literary translators into American English of the poetry of ancient and medieval India. Dropping the Bow: Poems of Ancient India, his first volume of translations from Sanskrit and related vernaculars or Prakrits, received the Academy of American Poets translation award in 1992. Two volumes of his essays have appeared, and he has edited several anthologies. The Wisdom Anthology of North American Buddhist Poetry includes a variety of poets, including experimental writers and younger poets. The Oxford Anthology of Bhakti Literature is a survey of the poetry or song (often orally composed and written down years or centuries later) that has been a pan-Indian “genre” for the past 1000 years. (Wikpedia – )

7th Cascadia Poetry Festival Gold Pass

Festival Locations:

Hugo House 25th Anniversary Logo

Richard Hugo House
1634 11th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122

Spring Street Center logo

Spring Street Center
1101 15th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122

Festival Sponsors:

LA SALA, A Latinx Artist's Community logo
National Endowment for the ARTS logo
4 Culture logo
Seattle Escribe logo
ARTS WA logo
Subud Greater Seattle logo
Spring Street Center logo