Cascadia Poetry Festival on San Juan Island
May 1, 2020 - May 3, 2020
For the 7th iteration of the Cascadia Poetry Festival, Seattle Poetics LAB moves its bioregional cultural investigation to The Multiverse on San Juan Island. A gallery and island cultural center run by Jennifer, Ian and Gavia Boyden will provide a more intimate setting for festival attendees to go deeper into the intersection of poetics and bioregionalism. May 1-3, 2020, poets and literature fans will gather to celebrate the Life and Legacy of Robin Blaser and delve into The Practice of Cascadia/The Practice of the Self. Register today at: https://cpf-sji-2020.bpt.me/
In addition to poetry readings, an open reading and panel discussions, there will be several breakout sessions: lectures, workshops, a Sunday morning meditation session and discussions related to the two main organizing themes and/or to poetics and Cascadia.
Poets and scholars scheduled to appear include Blaser biographer and literary executor Miriam Nichols (Vancouver, BC), Mary Norbert Körte (Willits, CA), Daphne Marlatt (Vancouver, BC) Sharon Thesen (Kelowna, BC), Bill Yake, (Olympia, WA), Barry McKinnon (Prince George, BC), Jason Wirth (Seattle), Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma (Vashon Island, WA), Laura Yon (Seattle) our hosts: Jennifer, Ian and Gavia Boyden, of San Juan Island, Matt Trease, Nadine Maestas, Meredith Clark, Peter Munro, Cate Gable and others are scheduled to participate.
One of the breakout sessions will cover the rare Island Marble Butterfly, once thought extinct, but found on San Juan Island. This breakout session will be facilitated by the National Parks Service.