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Selected Community Literary Activities


Featured performer in the Communications Silence an homage to John Cage, Sole Repair, Seattle, Sept 2.
Presented Pacific Rim Poetics & featured reader at 3rd Qinghai Lake International Poetry Festival, Xining, China, August.
Elegies for Slaughter translated into Mandarin by Denis Mair.
Interview with George Bowering on "My Darling Nellie Grey", July. Part one. Part two.
Interview with Trevor Carolan on "Making Waves: Reading BC and Pacific Northwest Literature", July.
Poems from Kozer Variations ms published on the Menacing Hedge website, July 1.
Featured reader at Pageboy Magazine reading, Arabica, Seattle June 4 (Video).
Reader as part of SPLAB Word Orchestra, Folklife festival, Seattle, May 27.
Featured reader at Burning Word in Leavenworth, WA. Co-facilitated workshop with Sam Hamill, May 21, 22.
Interviewed poet Frances McCue about her book "The Bled," May 13.
Featured reader Cheap Wine & Poetry series, Hugo House (Seattle) April 28.
Poems published in Fieralingue, (Italy) April 23, 2011.
Featured reader The Breadline poetry series, Vermillion Gallery (Seattle) April 20. (Archived audio).
Guest speaker on contemporary haibun at Nova Alternative High School, April 14.
Angel Hack and Another Day Will Come published in the 100 Thousand Poets for Change Anthology, April.
Interviewed by Greg Bem in Rain Taxi, April.
Interviewed Nate Mackey, March 11. Also coordinated Nate's visit to SPLAB.
Poems selected for Solitary Plover (Lorine Niedecker) Newsletter, March.
Interviewed Susan Schultz, February 26.
Featured reading for Olympia Poetry Network, Wednesday, February 16.
Four week SPLAB workshop at Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences, February.
Poems published in the Soul of the Earth anthology (Eco-Spiritual Poems), by Awen Publications January.


Intro & essay published in Along The Rim: Best of Pacific Rim Review, Vol.2, Ekstasis Editions, Victoria, BC, Dec, 2010.
Poem published as part of Enpipe Line poetry protest, December, 2010.
Invited to 3rd Qinghai Lake Poetry Festival, August 2011.
Poem Periphery translated into Spanish and published on the Inactual website, November 6, 2010.
Featured reader Planet Earth Poetry series, Victoria, BC, Nov 5. (Reading and workshop at The Well, Victoria, November 6).
Facilitated Personal Mythology of Organic Poetry workshop, at The Writer's Workshoppe, Port Townsend, October 23, 2010.
Featured Reader (with Gary Lemons) at Northwind Gallery, Port Townsend, October 21, 2010. (Recording).
Curator, emcee for SPLAB @ Doe Bay Literary Series, Orcas Island, WA, October features, Michael McClure, Sam Hamill.
Featured Reader at the Pageboy magazine release party, October 15, 2010.
On Faculty for 4th annual Lit Fuse festival in Tieton, WA. (Workshop syllabus linked here,) October 8-10.
Subject of featured article in South Seattle Beacon, October 13, 2010.
Poem from Kozer Variations, Backyard, published at Inactual. October 12,2010.
Curated a feature of NW Poets for Rattapallax Magazine (Online) including interviews with all participants, October.
Poems published in Raft Magazine's inaugural edition. (Includes audio), October.
Shortlisted for The Stranger's 2010 Genius Award in Literature, September.
Interiewed by Robin Carneen for NAMAPAHH, First People's Radio, August 10.
Participation in third annual August Poetry Postcard Fest.
American Sentences Published in Page Boy magazine, July.
Featured Reader, PLOP Cabaret, July 17, Seattle, WA.
Featured Reader, Subud National Congress, July 3, 2010, Vancouver, WA.
Poem published in Mas Tequila, Albuquerque, Summer, 2010.
Featured Reader, Everett Poetry Night @ Zippy's Java Lounge, May 27, 2010.
Featured Reader, White River Valley Museum, May 21, 2010.
(Review of that reading in the Auburn Reporter.)
Presenter, Featured Reader, Tools of the Sacred conference, Brussels, Belguim, May, 2010.
(Presentation: Projective Verse: The Spiritual Legacy of the Beat Generation. See powerpoint. See essay.)

Featured reader City Lit Festival, in the Poe Room of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, April 17, 2010, with Ron Egatz John Murillo, January O’Neil and Shelly Puhak and Host, Reginald Harris.
Featured reader (with Ron Egatz) at City Lit opening event, April 16, 2010, Minas Gallery.
Spoke to Joe Milutis' class at UW-Bothell, where they are studying A Time Before Slaughter, April 12.
Poems published in Dark Coast Press gallery, April, 2010.
Facilitated 8th Annual Allen Ginsberg Poetry Marathon, April 3, 2010, Empire Espresso.
Featured reading as part of Dark Coast Press book release party, April 1, 2010, Hugo House.
Featured reading Red Sky Poetry Theater, Hugo House, March 22, 2010.
Reading and workshop at San Juan Island Library, March 20, 2010.
Facilitated workshop for Powerful Schools (Writing Classes for Teachers) March 17. Workshop Outline
Featured reading at Powell Books SmallPressapalooza, March 15.
Facilitated visit by Legendary Beat Poet Michael McClure, March 12 & 13.
(South Seattle Beacon article on McClure & SPLAB.)
Thursday and Friday, February 25 & 26, Featured Reading and Workshop at Wordstorm in Nanaimo, BC.
VSW Reunion w/ George Bowering and the other classmates, Victoria, BC, Feb 6.
Friday, February 5, 7P, Featured reading at Elliott Bay Books, with Amalio Madueno. (Stranger blurb for EBB reading.)
Feature article on ATBS in the Auburn Reporter, Feb, 5.
Sunday, January 24, 3P - Featured reading at Open Books, all-poetry bookstore in Seattle's Wallingford District.
Thursday, January 21, 7PM - Rainier Chamber of Commerce (Workshop and Reading)
Reading from A Time Before Slaughter, Sunday, January 24, 3PM - Open Books: A Poem Emporium


Chosen to present Projective Verse: The Spiritual Legacy of the Beat Generation in Brussels at the May, 2010, Tools of the Sacred Conference;
A Time Before Slaughter reviewed by John Olson, Dec;
ATBS subject of feature on KUOW (NPR), Dec;
Presented Sun poem at Columbia City Winter Solstice celebration, Dec;
Facilitated poetry workshops for Live Free Youth Outreach at Career Day, Pacific Lutheran University, Dec;
Personal Mythology of Organic Poetry workshop, Doe Bay, Orcas Island and Edmonds Community College, Nov, plus a featured reading as part of Orcas Artsmith;
Serial Poem A Time Before Slaughter, published Oct. by Apprentice House in Baltimore;
Coordinated Poetry Stage for Seattle Bookfest, Oct, emceed panel Is Seattle Hostile to Innovative Writing?
Facilitated four week workshop at Richard Hugo House: Keeping Your Hand (Foot, Spleen) In It: Poetry Writing Exercises, July;
Organic Manifesto published in Big Bridge edition on Slow Poetry, June.
Attended Subud International Cultural Association retreat in Portland, facilitated a workshop and wrote SICA Publishing Tips for Writers. Notes on SICA, Culture and the Industry Generated Culture, May.
Published an excerpt of Elegies for Slaughter (X) in In Tahoma's Shadow: Poets from the City of Destiny, April;
Published Poet's Obligation as part of a Canadian National Poetry Month celebration, April;
Facilitated six week course at Richard Hugo House on The Personal Mythology of Organic Poetry, April-May. (Participant comments here.
Curated last in a series of Red Sky Poetry Theater Reunion readings, with David Abel and Dan Raphael at Hugo House, April 5.
Facilitated a workshop at the San Juan Island Library, April 4.
Wrote a review of Polis is This: Charles Olson and the Persistence of Place, March.
Lecture/reading at Loyola College, Baltimore, March;
April 21 Rooftop Corpse, a 2004 collaboration with then 13 year old Rebecca Rose Nelson was published in text and sound at Qarrtsiluni, February.
Hosted and arranged visit of Jose Kozer to six NW venues, Jan 30-Feb 10, including Red Sky Poetry Theater, Skagit River Poetry Project and Seattle University.
Published poems in Jump Start anthology, Steel Toe Books, Bowling Green, KY, Jan 09;


Created Cover Poem, a workshop handout. Dec.
Created workshop handout for Hugo House Write-O-Rama on the subject of American Sentences, Dec.
Created the Literary Paradigm Shift at a Glance, Dec.
Short email interview with Wanda Coleman on her American Sonnets, November.
Attended Victoria School of Writing Summer School Reunion, with George Bowering and 6 other poets, Nov, in Victoria. Photos
Wrote What Does a Healthy Literary Community Look Like? November;

Published Organic Poetry: North American Field Poetics (VDM Verlag, Germany), October;

Published Organic Manifesto and other poems in RootStock; October;
Part IX of Box of Dream Stuff published in Blackbox: (A Record of the Crash), October;
Coordinated Red Sky Poetry Theater Reunion series, Open Mic and workshop with Sam Hamill, October;
Panelist for Freedom to Speak event, (on First Amendment Rights) at Auburn Library, Setpember 17. Promotional Video
Curator/Emcee, Subtext with features George Bowering and Marion Kimes, August;
Published response to Michael McClure's poem Mysteriosos in Golden Handcuffs Review (Summer/Fall '08; Vol.1, No.10), July.
Master of Ceremonies for 5th annual Burning Word Festival, Whidbey Island, WA, April 26.
Featured Reader and workshop Facilitator at Cover-to-Cover reading series, Vancouver, WA, March 13,14.
Facilitated Six Week Organic Poetry workshop at Richard Hugo House. January-Febuary; (See early 2007 for comparable course outline with links.)
Click here for the Berrigan Sonnet Collage Exercise.
Click here for the Poetry Postcard Exercise.
Published in Big Bridge "War Papers 3," January.
Frida One and Frida Too published in Cascade Journal.


December 16, Featured reader, with Sarah Zale and David Rizzi on Youth for Human Rights International reading, Seattle.
December 14, Co-Organizer with Jesse Minkert of Red Sky Reunion at Hugo House.

You Tube video of Paul reading The End of One Slaughter at Charles Potts' home in Walla Walla

November 9, Featured reader (with sax player Dan Blunck and Amalio Madueno) and workshop facilitator at WSU-Tri Cities.
November 7, featured reader at Subtext Golden Handcuffs Review Vol I, No. 9 Issue. Published Song for Arthur Ballard and interview with Robin Blaser.

November 3-4, facilitated Organic Poetry workshops at Lit Fuse, Tieton, Washington. Participant evaluations.

October 26, facilitated Organic Poetry workshop at the 39th annual National Indian Education Association conference, (click for pdf of workshops) Honolulu, Hawaii.
September 28, Featured Reader at Intersection reading. (Read with sax player, Dan Blunck).
September 26, MC/Volunteer South Sound Voices fund-raiser with Dunya Mikhail Sarah Zale and Bill Ransom.
Septemer 22, co-organized Poetry Postcard Fest evening at Cafe Vega.
September 16, elected Board President of the Washington Poets Association.
In August, six American Sentences published in the outdoor Baltimore Is Reads anthology. (For a time, front page of website.)
With Lana Ayers initiated the August Poetry Postcard Fest. My Postcard Poems
Featured Reader at 40th Anniversary of Summer of Love, Langley, WA, June 30.
Poem featured as part of The Running Poets of Greenlake."June 10.
Featured reader at from the ground up presentation of "A Night of Cheap Wine and Poetry" 7PM, June 7, at Richard Hugo House. Other featured readers: Lyall Bush, Jennifer Jasper, Jourdan Keith, and JT Stewart.
Featured reader at the Subtext 13th (12th) Anniversary. (Poems read.)

You Tube video of Paul at Subtext

Hosted the Our Own Words youth writing contest awards ceremony at P.L.U.
Earn M.A. in Organic Poetry from Lesley University through Independent Study.
Six week Organic Poetry Workshop at Richard Hugo House. Course Outine. April - May.
Chair of Bart Baxter Performance Poetry competition for WPA, culminating in April Bout.
Made short presentation to WPA on Arts Day '07 (Lobbying Tips for Poet Laureate).

6 week Organic Poetry Course (Course Outline)

taught for Hugo House at Park Place Books, Jan/Feb.
Essay on Michael McClure's Dolphin Skull publihsed by The Argotist Liverpool, England.
Workshop/Lecture on Walt Whitman, American Green Man at Robert Morris College, Du Page campus, Jan 3, 2007.


Some American Sentences published on Dirt:: A Journal of Minimalism Nov, '06. (Click and scroll waaay down.)
Facilitated Organic Poetry workshop for Olympia Poetry Network, December 14, 2006.
Two essays published in Fulcrum Five, Cambridge, MA, "Dualism and Olson's Antidote" and "Organic Poetry."
Review of Lost in the Chamiso by Amalio Madueño, published by Jacket Magazine, Balmain, Australia, November.
Facilitator Organic Poetry workshop at Richard Hugo House, Seattle, November.
Review of Fulcrum Four published by Jacket Magazine, Balmain, Australia, November.
Featured Reader (with Charles Potts) at Soul Food Books, Redmond, WA, November.
Panelist at the Writing by Degrees conference, in historic Binghamton, NY, October.
Participant in week-long Vancouver workshop, October.

Excerpts of Tuscan Sonnet Ring pubished in Central Avenue, Albuquerque, Sept.
Published in Between Sleeps: The 3:15 Experiment, En Theos Press, Seattle, August.
Nine Sonnets for Pop published in Klyd Watkins' The Time Garden out of Tennessee, July.
Short presentation at the Plateau Area Writer's Asociation, June.
Two essays on Olson published on OlsonNow Blog: Dualism and Olsonian/Whiteheadian Process and The Sound of the Field, Buffalo, NY, June.
Workshop Facilitator/Featured Poet/Lecturer -Lower Columbia Community College NW Voices -Longview, WA, May;
American Sentences '01 in Chrysanthemum, Volume X, Number 1, Spring, Seattle, May;
Featured Reader/Workshop Facilitator for Skagit River Poetry Festival, LaConner, WA, May;
Workshop Facilitator, Featured Poet - Sacred Activism Conference, Poetry as Soul Building- Lynnwood, WA, May;
It's Gonna Rain (Poem written for Sacred Activism Conference.) Song of Our Selves

Co-Chair Burning Word workshop committee, April;
Featured Reader, Panel Moderator for 3:15 Fiesta, Zoey's Cafe, Ventura, CA., 3:15 Experiment Fiesta, April;
Lake Forest, IL &Now Literary Conference, (Also participated on a panel discussion speaking on “The Field, Olson's stance toward reality and how it has manifested in 20th century North American Poetry”), April;
At Art Institute of Chicago. Photo by Charlie Stobert.
Emcee Bart Baxter Performance Poetry Competition, April;
Poems, including Song for Arthur Ballard selected for Unlikely Stories April;
Essay on WIlliam Carlos Williams selected for Unlikely Stories March;
Poems Another Bird Song and Tuscan Sonnet Ring selected for The Argotist, February;
Essay: Changing a Culture (A Look at Cultural Modernism and Free Market Verse) a response to "Free Market Verse" - an essay by Steve Evans. February;
Poem Short Train Poem for Pop selected for Winter Gallery of Blackbox; January;
Essay on American Sentences published at Triplopia, Vol 5, Issue 1: Memory, January.

Paul Nelson

Paul at Wickaninnish Island, 2005


Accompanied Debra Van Tuinen to Florence Bienalle, composed Tuscan Sonnet Ring, December;
Interviewed Eliot Weinberger on What Happened Here: Bush Chronicles, October;
Collaborator, w/ painter Debra Van Tuinen, and poets John and Roberta Olson, on Alphabet of Wax poems based on Debra's paintings to be exhibited at the Florence Bienalle, September-October;
Facilitator, Open Form in North American Poetry workshop for Jump Start Your Writing at Highline C.C., Des Moines, WA, October;
Presenter, American Sentences Catching the Shadow of the Moment at the Haiku North America Conference, Port Townsend, WA, September;
Launched American Sentences website to expand awareness of this form created by AG.
Participant in the 3:15 Experiment in August.
Participant, Victoria School of Writing, Weeklong Poetry workshop with George Bowering, July;
Featured Reader, Burning Word Festival, Whidbey Island, WA, April 30;
Featured Reader, Walla Walla Poetry Party, April 16.

You Tube video of Paul at WWPP, 4.16.05

Elected to Board of Washington Poets Association, April 2;
Workshop Facilitator, Eastlake High, Fife High, Covington Library April;
Panelist/Panel Facilitator/Emcee/Workshop Facilitator/Featured Reader, Poets-in-the-Park Redmond, WA, March;
Travel for Masters Cultural Connections work. Cuba, March.
Published: Short Train Poem for Pop selected for Winter Gallery of Blackbox, January;
Poem in Wandering Hermit Review - Seattle, WA, Sept, and in
Margin: A Journal of Magical Realism - Seattle, WA Summer.


Centrum Writing Residency, October 24 - November 9, including facilitating Open Form workshop;
Interviewed on Beyond the Ordinary, Nov;
Performed Slaughter poems at Bumbershoot Literary Festival w/ Steve Luceno Band - September;
Workshop Facilitator, Write Out Loud, Redmond, WA April;
Panelist/Featured Reader, Poets-in-the-Park, Redmond, WA, April;
Olympia, WA, Art House Designs w/ the Steve Luceno Band, Aug '04, Sep;
Featured Reader, Seattle, Elliott Bay Book Company, Raven Chronicles War Veterans/Peacekeepers, Aug;
Featured Reader, Haiku Garden, Seattle Arboretum, Aug;
Featured Reader, Lottie Motts, Seattle, May;
Featured Reader, Intimate Stage, Seattle, Feb;
Featured Reader, Epidemic, Seattle, Feb;
Published in: Mute Note Earthward (anthology) -Seattle, WA, Dec.'04;
Raven Chronicles, Vol II, #2-Seattle, WA, Fall;
In Our Own Words anthology; Cary, NC, May;


Panelist at NW Bookfest (Spokenwords from the Heart) - Oct;
Bumbershoot Advisory Board, December '03 - December;
Performer at Bumbershoot (WordPlay) and Emcee for Bumberbout between Andrei Codrescu and Sheri-D Wilson - Sept;
Participant in the 3:15 Experiment in August.
With a HUGE goatee, Featured Reader at: Walla Walla Poetry Party Nov;
Featured Reader, Seattle, WA Take a Poem From Your Heart, Nov;
Featured Reader, Yakima, WA Inklings Bookshop, Nov;
Featured Reader, Portland, OR Sound Po Festival (w/Dan Blunck as WordPlay) in Feb;
Published in: Square Lake, Issue Three-Seattle, WA, Spring.


Awarded writer's residency at Centrum in Port Townsend, WA - March;
Participant in the 3:15 Experiment in August.
Featured Reader, Seattle, Red Sky Poetry Theater '02, Poetry Games (with Dan Blunck, as WordPlay) in Feb, and Redmond,WA at RASP.
Published in: Red Sky at Night CD Anthology – Seattle - Dec.


Participant in the Jack Straw Writers Award Prorgam;
Jury Member, Panel Moderator for the Seattle Poetry Festival;
Participant in the 3:15 Experiment in August.
Featured Reader: Seattle, WA Fusion Cafe, downtown YMCA in Nov '01;
Featured Reader, Shelton, WA at Write in the Woods literary festival May, '01 (also facilitated a workshop).
Published in: Art and Poetry on the Buses, King County-Seattle, WA, Fall;
Pontoon (Number 5) Floating Bridge Press Anthology -Seattle, WA, October;
Beautiful Lumber (Seattle Open Mic Poetry Anthology)-Seattle, WA, October.


Featured Performer at the Seattle Poetry Festival, May
Featured Performer at Bumbershoot Literary Festival, Sept;
Featured Performer, with Dancer Stephanie Skura, at Subtext, Sept;
Participant in the 3:15 Experiment in August.
Featured Reader in Redmond,WA at RASP, '00.
Published in The Temple-Walla Walla, WA, October, 2000 (Essay on Projective Verse)
Art and Poetry on the Buses, King County-Seattle, WA, Fall
Vox Populi Anthology - Eleventh Hour Productions-Seattle, WA, May.


Master of Ceremonies for Bumbershoot Literary Stage;
Judge for Metro Poetry Bus competition;
Board Member, or Advisory Council member for Redmond Association of SPokenword-RASP since 1999;
Participant in the 3:15 Experiment in August.
Featured Reader, Seattle, Red Sky Poetry Theater
Cafe Aloha Reading Series, Chicago, IL.
Published in The Raven Chronicles (South Sound Edition)-Tacoma, WA, Fall;
The Temple-Walla Walla, WA, January.


Regular Lecturer on Open Forms in American Poetry and Poetry Performance at local High Schools and community colleges since 1998;
Board Member Red Sky Poetry Theater since 1997;
Facilitator of SPLAB!-on-the-Road Literary and Performance workshops in Schools, Libraries, Community Centers and Correctional Facilities throughout the County - 1997.
Participant in the 3:15 Experiment for the first time. August.
Published in: Poets at the Canterbury Fair-Kent, WA, August '98;
Point No Point (Wordscape Supplement)-Seattle, WA, July '98;
Main Street Rag-Charlotte, NC, May;
Quicksilver-Mukilteo, WA, February;
Featured Readings in:
Seattle, Salon Productions Homeland reading;
Kerouac: A Jazz Play at the Velvet Elvis Theater, '98;
Vancouver B.C., at the Vancouver Slam, Nov '98;
Kent - Canterbury Faire, August '98;

Selected Volunteer Activities

From 1997 - 2004, served on the Board of the Red Sky Poetry Theater in Seattle, the West Coast's longest continuously-running poetry open mic. I was honored by the Auburn Coalition for Teen Pregnancy Prevention for support of Auburn Youth with the NW SPokenword LAB and served on the steering committee.

I have served as Chair of 31st District Democratic Organization; delegate to the King County Democratic Legislative Action Committee; Board Member of the South King County Community Public Health and Safety Network; Board Member Citizens for Proportional Representation;the Auburn Citizens Commuter Rail Siting Committee, the Auburn School District Pathways Program Advisory Board, the Uniqely Auburn Steering Committee and have started/helped found three non-profit literary projects: It Plays in Peoria Productions, 19th Draft: Auburn's Literary Arts Group and the the NorthWest SPokenword LAB or SPLAB!

Before 1998

Published in:
Nobody's Orphan Child The Red Sky Anthology - Seattle, WA, '96
Woodfrogs in Chaos-19th Draft Anthology - Auburn, WA, '96
Paper Boat Press-Poulsbo, WA, '95
Eat Your Mind Anthology-Auburn, WA, '95
as well as the Tacoma News Tribune, the Church Council of Greater Seattle's newsletter, "The Source" and "Auburn Valley in All Seasons" newspaper. Featured Readings in:
Kerouac: A Jazz Play at the Velvet Elvis Theater, '97;
Seattle, Red Sky Poetry Theater '97;
Auburn - Blue Moon, '97; Redmond,WA at RASP, Tacoma, and Ashland, Oregon, all in '96.