Paul Nelson is a poet, interviewer, and essayist. He founded Seattle Poetics LAB and the Cascadia Poetry Festival and has written American Sentences (Apprentice House, 2015), A Time Before Slaughter (Apprentice House, 2009, shortlisted for a 2010 Genius Award by The Stranger), Organic Poetry (VDM Verlag, 2008), and Organic in Cascadia: a sequence of energies (Lumme Editions, 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, has had work translated into Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese, and 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.
Paul has contributed two poems to Soul of the Earth: the Awen anthology of eco-spiritual poetry
A Time Before Slaughter
Organic in Cascadia: a sequence of energies