PAUL NELSON founded SPLAB in Seattle and the Cascadia Poetry Festival. Author of Organic Poetry (essays), a serial poem re-enacting history, A Time Before Slaughter (shortlisted for a 2010 Genius Award by The Stranger), and Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies. He has interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Sam Hamill, Robin Blaser, Nate Mackey, Joanne Kyger, Brenda Hillman; he has presented poetry/poetics in London, Brussels, Nanaimo, and Qinghai and Beijing, China; and he has had work translated into Spanish, Chinese, and Portuguese. Paul lives in Seattle. Paul Nelson’s poem in this issue is the winner of the 3rd Annual Robin Blaser Poetry Award.