Paul Nelson

Paul Nelson is a poet, interviewer, essayist. He founded Seattle Poetics LAB & the Cascadia Poetry Festival & wrote A Time Before Slaughter(shortlisted for a 2010 Genius Award by The Stranger) Organic Poetry (essays) and Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies (book-length-essay, Lumme Editions, Brazil, 2013)He’s interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Sam Hamill, José Kozer, Robin Blaser, Nate Mackey, Joanne Kyger, George Bowering, Brenda Hillman and Daphne Marlatt, 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 lives in the Duwamish River watershed in Seattle’s diverse 98118 zip code with his youngest daughter Ella Roque.

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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