Seattle Poetics Lab (SPLAB)
Apply any time before 7/18/2020

SPLAB (splab.org), a Seattle-based nonprofit, was founded in Auburn on December 14, 1993. It is moving up the registration for the 14th August Poetry Postcard Fest (POPO) because SPLAB understands the global seriousness of COVID-19 and the situation in which we find ourselves. In these challenging times, we can use an outlet for creativity.

To participate in POPO, writers first register online at POPO.cardsThen after March 19, lists of participants will begin to be sent out in groups of 32. Registration for the 14th edition of the fest is open until July 18. Each participating poet has until the end of August to write 31 original poems on postcards to be sent to each other person on their list. Postcards can be as simple or as elaborate as the poet wishes.

In 2019 the fest had 424 participants, spread out as far as the United States, Australia and Japan. All the fest’s instructions, interviews and facts can now be found at POPO.cards. The fest is the largest annual fundraiser for SPLAB; registration is set at $10 per poet, with donations over this amount also accepted. 

Over the past 26 years SPLAB has been instrumental in leading a bioregional cultural investigation using poetics, poetry festivals, publications and education and to building community through shared experience of the spoken and written word. Through the Cascadia Poetry Festival, the organization facilitates an annual gathering of writers, artists, scientists and activists to collaborate, discover and foster deeper connection between all inhabitants and the place itself.