Peninsula College to host ‘Cascadian Zen’ anthology event

PORT ANGELES — Peninsula College’s Studium Generale and the Foothills Writers Series will host a literary event Thursday to celebrate the release of “Cascadian Zen,” an anthology of poetry and prose.

The event, which offers an exploration of poetry, ecology, community and Zen practice, will take place at 12:35 p.m. at the Little Theater on the Port Angeles campus, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd., and it will be livestreamed for remote attendees.

Remote access is via Zoom at pencol-edu.zoom.us/j/82308557946 (Meeting ID: 823 0855 7946).

Attendance is free.

Published in October, “Cascadian Zen” is an anthology compiled by editors Tetsuzen Jason Wirth, Paul E Nelson, Adelia MacWilliam and Theresa Whitehill.

It presents a diverse collection of poetry, essays, artwork and interviews, all exploring Zen practice within the Cascadia bioregion.

The anthology was inspired by the Cascadia Poetry Festival, an annual event organized by the Seattle Poetics Lab (now Cascadia Poetics Lab).

It explores key themes related to the nature of the Cascadia bioregion, the significance of water in this area, and their impact on the residents’ lives and practices.

The event will feature readings by a selection of renowned poets from the bioregion, including Alice Derry, Tess Gallagher, Tim McNulty, Holly Hughes and Cate Gable, as well as the anthology’s editors.

Additional notable writers from the region may also make appearances.

This event marks a departure from the standard Studium Generale format, extending the usual duration to allow each contributor adequate time to present and read from the anthology.

More information about the project and the SPLAB’s activities can be found at the Cascadia Poetics Lab website.

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