voices from the cascadia bioregion


by jeremy pataky

It’s morning in the lower west
where you retreated and seasoned in.
And summer heat is a snowslope
where you dug out a hibernation cave,
you landscaped the arid valley
with the rivers passing through,
you drove treelineward with the sunroof
open to the first rain
as birds pummeled the voices of DJs—

drops leap but not free of the stream
and I shed layers.
The sun grazes close and
ice is linoleum in the valley.

Water magnetized water
and the town held you and your orbit
became a ceremony of trying to go, waterborne,
on out, anonymous, common.
Leave the powerlines and wires,
leave behind ditches aspiring onward.

Aspire, break free.
I was the only one going anywhere.
Gravel pelted the underbelly
of the vehicle. I squinted into brightness and
went out from there where you are.


“Runoff” was first published in Overwinter (University of Alaska Press, 2015)


    five parts

    by jeremy pataky


    The Land Is Made From Five Parts: Shelter, Mountain, Ground, and Lake
    — Nigel Peake, In the Wilds

    The shelters here are nothing like barns,
    nothing like stone huts.

    The land is made of glacial flour
    and fossilized rivers. The shelters
    dissolve back into ground.

    The mountains deliver water to the lake.
    The lake is new. It shrinks and grows.
    The life is made from five parts:
    shelter, mountain, ground, lake

    and ash. Shelter, mountain, ground, lake
    and lack. The trees don’t line up,
    the river braids tangle and untangle.

    Structures of shelter, here,
    don’t last, are forest
    and creek bed, are gone.

    Are old foundations, former bridges
    hollowed into ground.

    The structures that are shelters, now,
    are warmed by fires fed
    with wood reclaimed from piles
    of structures that have fallen.

    Structures of shelter, here,
    are drums for rain
    played to an audience within.


    “Five Parts” was first published in Overwinter (University of Alaska Press, 2015)


      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.


        issue six (winter season) contributor index

        Janée J. Baugher
        Baugher is the author of two poetry collections, The Body’s Physics (Tebot Bach, 2013) and Coördinates of Yes (Ahadada Books, 2010). Her nonfiction, fiction, and poetry have been published in Boulevard, NANO Fiction, and Portland Review, among other places, and she has an interview forthcoming in The Writer’s Chronicle. Currently she teaches in the graduate program at Northeastern University. (Work | Statement of Place | Map)

        Jennifer Boyden
        Boyden is the author of two books of poetry, The Declarable Future (winner of the Four Lakes Prize in Poetry) and The Mouths of Grazing Things (winner of the Brittingham Prize). Prior, she received a PEN Northwest Wilderness Writing Residency Award, in which she wrote and served as caretaker for a year on a remote homestead near the Rogue National Wild and Scenic River in Oregon. There, she barred the doors against drunk bears, talked to boulders, and learned to tie flies. She received a Washington Artists’ Trust grant for a series of essays that grew out of the same walk taken daily for over three years. She currently teaches in Eastern Oregon University’s low-residency MFA program and at Whitman College. (Work | Statement of Place | Map)

        Kim Clark
        Disease and desire, mothering and the mundane propel Clark’s ongoing journey between poetry and prose, page and stage. Clark has published short fiction—Attemptations (Caitlin Press)—and poetry, Middle Child of Summer (Leaf Press), Sit You Waiting (Caitlin Press), and Dis ease ad De sire, the M anu S cript (Lipstick Press). Clark has been nestled into Cascadia—the Okanagan, Vancouver, the Sunshine Coast, and now Vancouver Island—for almost as long as she can remember. She is part of the 2015 Cascadia Poetry Festival (April 30–May 3) in Nanaimo, British Columbia. (Work | Statement of Place| Website | Map)

        Michael Daley
        Daley, born and raised in Dorchester, Massachusetts, took vows in a Catholic Order and expected to become a priest. Upon leaving religious life at age twenty, he was wild in the streets, protesting wars and seeking a life of experience. He traveled America by hitchhiking and riding freight trains. He’s worked as a taxi driver, deckhand, tree planter, carpenter, impoverished journalist, small-press editor, Poet-in-the-Schools, and high school English teacher. He holds degrees from the University of Massachusetts and the University of Washington, and has received awards from Seattle Arts Commission, Artist Trust, Fulbright, and National Endowment of the Humanities. He lives in Anacortes, Washington. (Work | Statement of Place | Map)

        Angela Howe Decker
        Decker lives in southern Oregon and works as a freelance writer and columnist at Ashland Daily Tidings. Her poems have appeared in Comstock Review, Jefferson Monthly, Hip Mama, and others. Her chapbook, Splendid Catastrophe, was published last year by Finishing Line Press. (Work | Website | Map)

        Laura LeHew
        LeHew is the author of a full-length book of poems, two chapbooks, and numerous articles. Her poems have appeared in American Society: What Poet’s See, Eleven Eleven, Ghost Town, Of/With, PANK, and Slice, among others. She is on the steering committee for the Lane Literary Guild and is an active volunteer for the Oregon Poetry Association having held a variety of positions. Laura interned for, and is a former board member of CALYX Press. She received her master of fine arts from the California College of Arts. Laura edits her small press, Uttered Chaos. (Work | Statement of Place | Website | Map)

        Tod Marshall
        Marshall was born in Buffalo, New York. He grew up in Wichita, Kansas. He studied English and philosophy at Siena Heights University, earned a master of fine arts from Eastern Washington University, and graduated with the his doctorate from The University of Kansas. He directs the writing concentration and coordinates the visiting writers series at Gonzaga University. His three books of poetry are Bugle (2014) and The Tangled Line (2009), both from Canarium Books, and Dare Say (2002), winner of the University of Georgia’s Contemporary Poetry Series. He enjoys backpacking and fishing and spends about a month of every year in a tent. (Work | Statement of Place | website | Map)

        Susan McCaslin
        McCaslin is the author of thirteen volumes of poetry, including The Disarmed Heart (The St. Thomas Poetry Series, 2014). Her previous volume, Demeter Goes Skydiving, was short-listed for the BC Book Prize and the first-place winner of the Alberta Book Publishing Award in 2012. Susan lives in Fort Langley, British Columbia, where she organized the Han Shan Poetry Initiative to help save a rainforest in Langley. (Work | Statement of Place| Website | Map)

        Eileen Owen
        While Owen’s native New Hampshire plays a frequent role in her writing, the West is her choice of place. She has enjoyed two artist’s residencies at the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming. Experiencing that landscape spurred her to move from the gray, wet side of the Cascades to the shrub steppe of Winthrop. Her poems have appeared in magazines such as Poetry Northwest, Calyx, and The Seattle Review. (Work | Statement of Place | Map)

        Eugenia Hepworth Petty
        Petty’s photographs and writing can be found online and have been published in a variety of literary journals, including The Sun Magazine, The Pedestal Magazine, MonkeyBicycle, and Outside In Literary & Travel Magazine. A chapbook of her travel poems, Pamyat Celo/Memory Village, was published in 2007. (Work | Statement of Place| Map)

        Rob Taylor
        Taylor was born and raised in Port Moody, a suburb of Vancouver, British Columbia. He lives in Vancouver with his wife, Marta. He is the author of The Other Side of Ourselves (Cormorant Books, 2011) and the poetry editor at PRISM international. He is also the co-founder of One Ghana, One Voice, Ghana’s first online poetry magazine, and a coordinator of Vancouver’s Dead Poets Reading Series. Rob and Marta lived in Accra, Ghana in 2006–07, and Joel Village, Zambia in 2012–13. (Work | Statement of Place | Map)

        Alexandra Teague
        Teague is the author of Mortal Geography (Persea, 2010), winner of the 2009 Lexi Rudnitsky Prize and 2010 California Book Award, and The Wise and Foolish Builders (Persea 2015). Her poetry has recently appeared or is forthcoming in The Missouri Review, The Threepenny Review, and elsewhere. She is Assistant Professor of Poetry at University of Idaho and an editor for Broadsided Press. (Work | Statement of Place | Map)

        Shanna Trumbly
        Trumbly was born an artist. Three generations of Oregonian creativity produced a child determined to offer her unique vision of both the natural and imagined world. At nineteen, Trumbly graduated from the Art Institute of Seattle, where she studied graphic design, anatomy, illustration, and life drawing. After graduation, she moved to Portland, Oregon, and became a member of the Portland Saturday Market. Her art has been birthed through many different mediums, such as clay sculpture, glass torch work, mosaics, leather sculpture, and, recently, a clothing line. While Trumbly began giving life to her illustrations using colored pencil, she realized upon completion of her first painting, “The Unforgettable Kiss,” that her true love was the fluidity and challenge of acrylic paint on canvas. (Work | Website | Map)

        Michael Wasson
        Wasson is nimíipuu from the Nez Perce Reservation and lives in rural Japan. His recent poems appear or are forthcoming in Toe Good Poetry, As/Us, Poetry Kanto, Dialogist, and Waxwing. (Work | Statement of Place | Map)

        Patricia Wixon
        Wixon spent her first twenty years in Washington state, lived in various places in the country while raising children, but spent all of her years teaching and volunteering in Oregon, the last thirty-four years in Ashland, Oregon. (Work | Statement of Place | Map)