Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Cascadia Poetry Festival Nanaimo

Cascadia Poetry Festival 

Small Press Fair 

April 30–May 3, 2015

Make It True Poetry Anthology of Cascadia – Groundbreaking new anthology from Leaf Press featuring dozens of the most influential and engaged poets writing from and about the Cascadia bioregion, 300+ pages. Editors: Paul Nelson, Nadine Maestas, George Stanley, Barry McKinnon.

An Invitation to the
in Nanaimo 
April 30-May 3 2015

Dear Poets, Writers and Friends:
I and many friends have been working to organize and to bring the 2015 Cascadia Poetry Festival to Nanaimo-- a truly grass roots festival and cultural investigation of the bioregion we know as Cascadia, stretching from Cape Mendocino, CA to Mt. St.Elias, Alaska.
We have four days of some of the most amazing poets from Cascadia and one Griffin Award-winning poet/political activist who can help us understand more deeply the place in which we live and how to negotiate the challenges inherent in this time of whole-systems transition. Robert Bringhurst, Brenda Hillman, Sam Hamill, Susan Musgrave and Barry McKinnon are among the heavyweight poets who you can hear, converse with and share a drink and discussion about the poetry of here.
You can read your own work at Living Room, take a workshop from our esteemed poets and attend the late night (party!) programming led by one of the up & coming curators in Seattle's poetry scene. Meet your neighbor poets, transcend boundaries and understand the deeper autonomy of nature herself and the unique culture of this place. 

The festival lineup and schedule is here:

You can get free gold passes and many amazing perks by donating:
 https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/cascadia-poetry-festival-nanaimo-2015-apr-30-may-3 ... Apart from the perks, donations of $40 or more will also include a gold pass if you can make it to the festival!"
more details:

Cascadia Poetry Festival III
in Nanaimo April 30, May 1-3, 2015

You can buy your Gold Passes now!
Be an early bird and help to spread the word.

The Living Room See poster at www.wordstorm.ca

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Oscar's Salon: Delicacy

Betsy Warland is writing a novel new book, Oscar of Between. 
Each month she publishes a portion of a chapter, an excerpt, alongside a responsive piece by a guest writer or guest artist, on her online space, Oscar's Salon
The Salon is full of these call & response type postings: all are thought-provoking, disturbing, not like reading a novel at all: an anthology of artists and readers evolving over time. 
I was invited to be guest writer for February, + 
the collaboration went up today:
Photo credit: Clare Gomez
From an installation piece: Don’t Let Then See You Coming

Oscar, Part 20A Excerpt with Guest Writer Joanne Arnott

From Oscar of Between, Part 20A

[Betsy writes]
– 1 –
The head is found.
(his head)

[Joanne writes]

Delicacy is what is needed,
given the topic of loss of a child, and love generally.

I lost my head.