voices from the cascadia bioregion

statement of place: spring 2015 season

This issue of Cascadia Review showcases poets reading at this year’s Cascadia Poetry Festival, which will be held April 30 through May 3 in Nanaimo, British Columbia.

Cascadia is defined as the watersheds of the rivers that flow into the Pacific Ocean through North America’s temperate rainforest zone. The bioregion extends along the coastline from northern California to southern Alaska and inland as far as the Continental Divide. Cascadia includes all or part of California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, British Columbia, and Alaska, along with fragments of Nevada, Wyoming, and Yukon.

The Cascadia Poetry Festival is an international event that seeks to bioregionally animate and culturally construct Cascadia by gathering writers, artists, scientists, and activists to collaborate, discover, and foster deeper connection between all inhabitants and the place itself. The festival features academic, democratic, and performance components, late-night readings, a small-press fair, and several workshops. Founded by SPLAB, a Seattle-based nonprofit organization, the festival was first held in 2012.

Cascadia Review recognizes the need for ongoing curation of creative work produced by poets and artists within the Cascadia bioregion. In this role, the publication hopes to demonstrate—through that poetry and art—the bioregion’s evolving consciousness, its varied identities and sub-identities, and its singular overriding essence. We are pleased to present this partnership in the special Spring 2015 Season.