Paul Nelson is the founder of SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) & the Cascadia Poetry Festival.
He wrote American Sentences (2015), A Time Before Slaughter (2010) and Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies (Lumme Editions, Brazil, 2013).
His 2015 interview with José Kozer was published in 2016 (Ranchos Press) as Tiovivo Tres Amigos.
Interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Joanne Kyger, Robin Blaser, Anne Waldman, Ed Sanders, Diane di Prima, Nate Mackey, George Bowering, Brenda Hillman, among others
Paul is engaged in a 20 year bioregional cultural investigation of Cascadia, including the festival, a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course - Innovative Cascadia Poetry), interviews with Cascadia poets indigenous elders and activists, and the anthology Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia. Paul is co-editor of that anthology as well as 56 Days of August the poetry postcard anthology and writes an American Sentence daily.
CLICK HERE for a couple of Paul's poems
John Olson is the author of numerous books of poetry, novels, and essays.
Dada Budapest, his most recent collection of prose poetry, was published in June, 2017. Other collections include Larynx Galaxy (2012) and Backscatter: New and Selected Poetry (2010).
Olson’s first novel, Souls of Wind, about the exploits of poet Arthur Rimbaud in the American West, was shortlisted for a Believer Book Award. Other novels include In Advance of the Broken Justy, The Seeing Machine, and The Nothing That Is.
Olson received the genius award for literature in 2004 from Seattle’s popular weekly The Stranger, and was one of eight finalists for Washington State’s Arts Innovator Award in 2012.
CLICK HERE for a couple of John's poems.
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