Paul Nelson

Paul Nelson is a poet & interviewer. He founded SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) & the Cascadia Poetry Festival. Since 1993, SPLAB has produced hundreds of poetry events & 600 hours of interview programming with legendary poets & whole systems activists including Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Joanne Kyger, Robin Blaser, Diane di Prima, Daphne Marlatt, Nate Mackey, George Bowering, Barry McKinnon, José Kozer, Brenda Hillman & many others. Paul’s books include American Prophets(interviews 1994-2012) (2018) American Sentences (2015) A Time Before Slaughter(2009) and Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies (2013). Co-Editor of Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia and 56 Days of August: Poetry Postcards, he’s presented poetry/poetics in London, Brussels, Nanaimo, Qinghai & Beijing, China, has had work translated into Spanish, Chinese & Portuguese & writes an American Sentence every day.  Awarded a residency at The Lake, from the Morris Graves Foundation in Loleta, CA, he’s published work in Golden Handcuffs Review, Zen Monster, Hambone, and elsewhere. Winner of the 2014 Robin Blaser Award from The Capilano Review, he is engaged in a 20 year bioregional cultural investigation of Cascadia, lives in Rainier Beach, in the Cascadia bioregion’s Cedar River watershed and serves as literary executor for the late poet Sam Hamill.


Paul Nelson est un poète et intervieweur. Il a fondé SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) et le Cascadia Poetry Festival. Depuis 1993, SPLAB a produit des centaines d’événements de poésie et a enregistré plus de 600 heures d’interviews avec des poètes légendaires et des activistes, dont Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Joanne Kyger, Robin Blaser, Diane Di Prima, Daphne Marlatt, Nate Mackey et George Bowering, Barry McKinnon, José Kozer, Brenda Hillman et bien d’autres. Les ouvrages de Paul incluent American Prophets (entretiens 1994-2012) (2018) American Sentences (2015), A Time Before Slaughter (2009) et Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies (2013). Co-éditeur de Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia et 56 Days of August: Poetry Postcards, il a présenté des travaux de poésie à Londres, Bruxelles, Nanaimo, Qinghai et Pékin. Ses travaux ont également été traduits en espagnol, chinois et portugais. Il a obtenu, de la fondation Morris Graves de Loleta en Californie, une résidence d’auteur à « The Lake ». Il a publié des travaux dans la Golden Handcuffs Review, Zen Monster, Hambone…. Lauréat du prix Robin Blaser 2014, décerné par la revue Capilano, il participe à une enquête culturelle biorégionale de 20 ans sur Cascadia, vit à Rainier Beach, dans la « biorégion » de Cascadia et sert d’exécuteur littéraire au poète Sam Hamill.


2 Responses to Paul Nelson

  1. Mark Jacobs says:

    Dear Paul Nelson,

    Would you be interested in San Fran ‘60s, a collection of autobiographical short stories about Sixties San Francisco? For the approaching 45th anniversary of the Summer of Love, Escallonia Press will be promoting a paperback edition this spring and soliciting the opinions of experts such as yourself. At you can request a copy of the ms. as an MSWord file or a PDF file. Or if you prefer, we can send you a copy of the paperback.

    Here are some recent responses:

    “It’s fun, with a quirky style… There’s plenty of colour evoked and the language has a brisk and bold rhythm. There’s an authenticity, an authority…” Simon Warner, PhD, author of Text, Drugs, and Rock’n’Roll, published by Bloomsbury, and Lecturer, Popular Music Studies, University of Leeds, United Kingdom

    “I… found it very readable. It certainly brings back the era with an inside look. I think it could find readers in Germany.” Juergen Ploog, “Germany’s last beatnik poet,“ novelist, author of Facts of Fiction. Essays on Contemporary Literature.

    “This book does an unbelievably good job of capturing the feel of the 60s. The pace is perfect. The rhythm is perfect… And some of the images are searing – they stick with you for days after you read them.” Phil Kain, Phd, Professor of Philosophy, Santa Clara University

    “Jacobs captures a series of lost moments, a fleeting glimpse into a gossamer universe, a soundtrack to a film that had yet to become a a replay.Take a trip to the plastic-fantastic past…. ” –Davis Schneiderman, William Burroughs scholar, and author of the novels Drain (Northwestern) and BLANK (Jaded Ibis).

    “It’s entertaining to read. It condenses a complex reality into a fictional landscape that captures some of the rosy and bitter flavors of a time that continues to be mythologized in history.” –Nadya Zimmerman, author of Counterculture Kaleidoscope: Musical and Cultural Perspectives on Late Sixties San Francisco

    Thanks, Mark Jacobs


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