At this event, readers will discuss the intersection of Bioregionalism and Poetics, especially as relates to Cascadia.
Andrew Schelling is a poet, translator, and essay writer. He has published twenty books, including seven of translation from India’s early poetry. His own work encounters the rhythms and features of the natural world, as well delving into linguistics. Recent titles are From the Arapaho Songbook and the folkloric study, Tracks Along the Left Coast: Jaime de Angulo & Pacific Coast Culture. Schelling lives in the Southern Rocky Mountain Ecoregion and teaches at Naropa University.
Adelia Nicola MacWilliam taught high school English for twenty years before returning to her own academics. She recently completed her MFA with the writing department at UVic, mentoring with poet Tim Lilburn, and is the recipient of a B.C. Council of the Arts Scholarship. Her poetry deals with the decolonization of the empathic settler mind, her settler ancestors, and her relationship to the land. She is a founding member of the Cascadia Poetics LAB, co-producing the 2017 Cascadia Poetry Festival and currently facilitating the monthly Red Tree poetry reading. She lives in Cumberland, BC.
Dr. Jason M. Wirth is professor of philosophy at Seattle University, and works and teaches in the areas of Continental Philosophy, Buddhist Philosophy, Aesthetics, Environmental Philosophy, and Africana Philosophy. His recent books include Mountains, Rivers, and the Great Earth: Reading Gary Snyder and Dōgen in an Age of Ecological Crisis (SUNY 2017), a monograph on Milan Kundera (Commiserating with Devastated Things, Fordham 2015), Schelling’s Practice of the Wild (SUNY 2015), The Conspiracy of Life: Meditations on Schelling and His Time (SUNY 2003), a translation of the third draft of The Ages of the World (SUNY, 2000), the edited volume Schelling Now(Indiana 2004), the co-edited volume (with Bret Davis and Brian Schroeder), Japanese and Continental Philosophy: Conversations with the Kyoto School(Indiana 2011), and The Barbarian Principle: Merleau-Ponty, Schelling, and the Question of Nature (SUNY 2013). He is the associate editor and book review editor of the journal, Comparative and Continental Philosophy. His forthcoming manuscript is called Nietzsche and Other Buddhas (Indiana 2019) and he is currently completing a manuscript on the cinema of Terrence Malick. He is an ordained Soto Zen priest.
Poet/interviewer Paul Nelson founded SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) & the Cascadia Poetry Festival and serves as Founding Director. 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, George Stanley, Barry McKinnon, Wanda Coleman, Victor Hernandez Cruz, Stephen Collis, Claudia Castro Luna and others. Co-Edited: Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia and 56 Days of August: Poetry Postcards, is engaged in a 20 year bioregional cultural investigation of Cascadia, including the festival, a MOOC (Innovative Cascadia Poetry), interviews with Cascadia poets indigenous elders and activists, and anthologies. Paul lives in Seattle’s Rainier Beach neighborhood in the Cascadia bioregion’s Cedar River Watershed with his partner Bhakti Watts, his daughter Ella Roque Nelson, writes an American Sentence every day and is literary executor for the late poet Sam Hamill.