In this participatory and generative workshop, learn techniques to connect with a guest, quickly develop a rapport, and sharpen your skills in this under-appreciated art form. Paul E Nelson has conducted over 600 interviews with poets, authors, indigenous leaders, and whole systems activists through his non-profit organization SPLAB and will discuss how he prepares for interviews, the difficulties that are sometimes encountered, technical aspects, and how to develop your interviewing technique.
This workshop is presented free (goodwill donations accepted) but registration is required. To register, please click here.
Poet and interviewer Paul E Nelson founded SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) and the Cascadia Poetry Festival. Since 1993, SPLAB has produced hundreds of poetry events and 600 hours of interview programming with legendary poets and whole systems activists including Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Joanne Kyger, Robin Blaser, Diane di Prima, Brenda Hillman, and many others. Paul’s books include American Prophets (interviews), American Sentences, A Time Before Slaughter, and Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies. He is the co-editor of several books, including Samthology: A Tribute to Sam Hamill. Paul has presented poetry/poetics in London, Brussels, Nanaimo, Qinghai, and Beijing, China, and has had work translated into Spanish, Chinese, and Portuguese. He lives in Rainier Beach, in the Cascadia bioregion’s Cedar River watershed, and is engaged in a 20-year bioregional cultural investigation of Cascadia.