Paul Everett Nelson is a poet, father, teacher and broadcaster. Founder of the non-profit Global Voices Radio and co-founder of the Northwest SPokenword LAB (SPLAB!) – Paul has published three chap books, two CDs – Twisting Runes and A Time Before Slaughter, a book of essays: Organic Poetry: North American Field Poetics (VDM, Verlag, Germany, 2008) and an epic poem re-enacting Auburn history, also entitled A Time Before Slaughter (Apprentice House, 2009). A professional broadcaster From 1980 to 2006, he’s interviewed hundreds of authors, poets, activists and whole-system theorists for a syndicated public affairs radio program.

Paul has performed his poetry in numerous venues in the Pacific Northwest and his hometown of Chicago and has conducted over 400 writing and performance workshops throughout the Puget Sound region solo and through the SPLAB!-on-the-Road workshop troupe and at venues like the Richard Hugo House. He has lectured on Open Form in American Poetry (and other subjects) at high schools and community colleges and earned his M.A. in Organic Poetry, through Lesley University in Cambridge, MA.

2001 Writers Program

Sound Clips
  • Paul Nelson - Portrait
    Paul Nelson at JS 50