AdvertisementThe Songwriter/Poet Roundtable, featuring John Van Deusen, Sierra Nelson, Costello, Antony Rowland, Greg Dember and Scott Thurston is the capper of the Seattle Metamodernism Summit. You can purchase a ticket for just this part of the Summit, at a lower price ($15).
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The Roundtable will combine performances of song and poem with discussions about how artists create and live in this time of irony and uncertainty. How do we honor the entire reality of our cultural moment while not giving up on a sense of hopefulness and gratifying expression of the self? How do we move forward while acknowledging all of the possible directions that forward might be?
John Van Deusen
John Van Deusen creates aggressively honest, thematically rich power pop. His style is built on a strange foundation of influences, resulting in an indie rock sound that feels both familiar and curious. From his early career in The Lonely Forest (Trans/Atlantic Records) to his recent outings as a solo recording artist, intimacy and vulnerability have been hallmarks of his songwriting. Consider his work as a little note that says, "It's okay to not be ok.”
Throughout all of his work, John Van Deusen seeks to holistically examine the human heart, starting with his own. Like with the three installments that preceded it, Marathon Daze—the final chapter in Van Deusen’s (I Am) Origami album series—illuminates the darkness and divinity that coexist in a life. It’s Van Deusen’s single-most encompassing artistic statement both musically and thematically.
John Van Deusen currently resides in Anacortes with his wife and son. He also plays in the punk band, Buffet and pop band, Telephone Friends.
Sierra Nelson is a poet, lyric essayist, educator, and collaborative performance, film, and installation artist, with a B.A. in English Literature from Vassar College and an M.F.A. in Poetry from University of Washington. Sierra Nelson’s books include The Lachrymose Report (PoetryNW Editions), collaborations with visual artist Loren Erdrich including I Take Back the Sponge Cake (Rose Metal Press, selected by Anne Carson for NYU’s Washington Square Review Collaboration Award), and Vis-à-Vis Society collaborations such as Who Are We? with 7-inch vinyl record (with support from Seattle Office of Arts & Culture’s CityArtist Grant). Sierra Nelson's poetry-film “Four Imagined Movies” was made with support from the NEA, Poetry Northwest, and the Jack Straw Cultural Center. For more info: songsforsquid.tumblr.com
Costello grew up near the high deserts of California and traveled for many years collecting experiences before settling down in the Pacific Northwest. Her music tells her life's story in sweeping allegory and speaks of the deep longing, curiosity, and mysteries that come with being human. Her songs invite you to feel it all and to ultimately release it all back to the unknown.
Scott Thurston is a poet, mover and educator based in the UK. He has published sixteen books and chapbooks of poetry, most recently Terraces (Beir Bua, 2022) and Phrases towards a Kinepoetics (Contraband, 2020). Scott is founding co-editor of open access Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry and co-organized the long-running poetry reading series The Other Room in Manchester. Since 2004, he has been developing a poetics integrating dance and poetry which has seen him studying with dancers in Berlin and New York and collaborating with dancers in the UK. Scott is a Professor in the English Department at the University of Salford, where he has taught since 2004.
Antony Rowland — Moderator
Antony Rowland has published three poetry collections: The Land of Green Ginger (Salt, 2008), I Am a Magenta Stick (Salt, 2012) - which was described by Peter Riley in The Fortnightly Review as ‘an original and thoughtful handling of a major European modernist mode’ - and M (Arc, 2017). He was awarded the Manchester Poetry Prize in 2012, and his poems were included in the anthology Identity Parade: New British and Irish Poets (Bloodaxe, 2010). He received an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors in 2000, and recorded for the national Poetry Archive in 2009, and the Lyrikline (Berlin) in 2014. The Dutch government elected him as a UK poetry ‘ambassador’ for 2016: his poetry was read on national television, and shown on screens at Schipol airport and Amsterdam Central Station.
Greg Dember — Moderator
Arriving in Seattle in the Nineties as an improvising technical piano player, Greg Dember was inevitably influenced by both the rainy-day moodiness and the sunny-sky pop-melodicism of his new home's music scene. A couple decades into the new millennium, we find Greg thriving creatively as a singer and songwriter. With a style that bounces around between indie pop, piano songster, quirky folk and experimental, Greg finally settled on “post-genre” as his musical category. Over the years, Greg has released 7 albums of his own music, and participated as band member in various outfits performing rock, jam-band, lounge/jazz and even a Carpenters cover band.
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
Ballard Homestead, Lake Forest Park, United States