Cascadia Field Guide Reading featuring Betsy Aoki, Laura Da', Robert Lashley, Claudia Castro Luna, Martha Silano, and more!

"There are field guides that help us to see, and to name, and to know; Cascadia Field Guide does all of that and more. This is a guide to relationship, a gift in reciprocity for the gifts of the land."—Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of Braiding Sweetgrass


Third Place Books is delighted to welcome contributors to the Cascadia Field Guide: Art, Ecology, Poetry for a presentation and celebration of their work at our Seward Park store! The evening will include readings from local writers and artists including Betsy Aoki, Kevin Craft, Laura Da', Kathleen Flenniken, Rebecca Hoogs, Robert Lashley, Claudia Castro Luna, Shankar Narayan, Sierra Nelson, Christianne Balk, and Martha Silano. This event is free and open to the public.

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Cascadia stretches from Southeast Alaska to Northern California and from the Pacific Ocean to the Continental Divide. Cascadia Field Guide: Art, Ecology, Poetry blends art and science to celebrate this diverse yet interconnected region through natural and cultural histories, poetry, and illustrations. Organized into 13 bioregions, the guide includes entries for everything from cryptobiotic soil and the western thatching ant to the giant Pacific octopus and Sitka spruce, as well as the likes of common raven, hoary marmot, Idaho giant salamander, snowberry, and 120 more!

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About Cascadia Field Guide. . .

Science and art combine to create a poetic ecology--a field guide and literary anthology that celebrates the natural beauty of the Cascadia bioregion

Have you ever been so filled up with the wonder of a place that it wants to spill out as a song? Well, here is the songbook. I imagine walking through a forest and pausing to read these illuminating pages aloud to a listening cedar or a dipper. There are field guides that help us to see, and to name, and to know; Cascadia Field Guide does all of that and more. This is a guide to relationship, a gift in reciprocity for the gifts of the land. – Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of Braiding Sweetgrass

Both well-established and new writers are included, representing a diverse spectrum of voices, with poems that range from comic to serious, colloquial to scientific, urban to off-the-grid, narrative to postmodern. Likewise, the artists span styles and mediums, using classic natural history drawing, form line design, graffiti, sketch, and more. All writers and artists have deep ties to the region.

This project was supported, in part, by a grant from 4Culture


Praise for Cascadia Field Guide. . .

"This field guide is a deeply informative and wildly exuberant visual and literary romp through one of the most spectacular regions of the world—a varied chorus of voices and visual talents, all celebrating the animals and plants of the great Pacific Northwest."
—Ray Troll, artist and co-author of Cruisin’ the Fossil Coastline

"The rich array of writers and artists in Cascadia Field Guide takes us by verse and image through one of the most diverse eco-regions in North America. The collection, inspired by ecological and cultural inclusion, catalogs beast by beast and habitat by habitat why so many look to the northwest corner of the nation for wild respite. More than a collection, it is an essential compendium to the Pacific Northwest; a ‘feel guide’ to an extraordinary place."
—J. Drew Lanham, author of The Home Place and Sparrow Envy

"This beautiful choral celebration of entanglement ongoing and evermore is amazing, a wonder, a gratitude."
—Ross Gay, author of Inciting Joy

"I’ve never seen an anthology like it. Its beauty, its plentitude, and its inclusiveness. It’s really startling and wonderful."
—Paisley Rekdal / High Country News

"...a love story masquerading as a field guide.....Whether you have a longstanding love affair with Cascadia or are new to its charms, this field guide is a fresh and intimate illumination of the extraordinary place we call home."
—Cascadia Daily News

Betsy Aoki is a poet, game producer and fiction writer. Her debut poetry collection about women in tech, Breakpoint, was a National Poetry Series Finalist and winner of the Patricia Bibby First Book Award.

Christianne Balk loves open water swimming and the rhythms of everyday street talk. Her video-poem “Nets” (created with performing/visual artists Karen Yarborough, Norris Carlson, and Heather McMordie) was produced by the Creature Conserve/ Endangered Species Coalition. Books include The Holding Hours (UW Press), Desiring Flight, and Bindweed.

Kevin Craft directs the Written Arts Program at Everett College. His books include Solar Prominence (2004), Vagrants & Accidentals (2017), and the forthcoming Traverse (2023). He’s a recent Writer in Residence at Olympic NP, and at the UW Rome Center. Editor of Poetry Northwest from 2009 – 2016, he now serves Executive Editor / Publisher of Poetry NW Editions.

Laura Da’ is a poet and teacher. A lifetime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Da’ studied creative writing at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Her first book, Tributaries, won the 2016 American Book Award, and her latest book, Instruments of the True Measure, won the Washington State Book Award.

Kathleen Flenniken's most recent poetry collection is Post Romantic (University of Washington Press, 2020). Her work has appeared in the anthologies Poetry Unbound, I Sing the Salmon Home, and Cascadia Field Guide, all published in 2023. She served as Washington State Poet Laureate from 2012 - 2014.

Rebecca Hoogs is the author of Self-Storage (Stephen F. Austin University Press) which was a finalist for the 2013 Washington State Book Award in Poetry, and a chapbook, Grenade (GreenTower Press). Her poems have appeared in Poetry, AGNI, FIELD, Crazyhorse, and others. She is the Executive Director of Seattle Arts & Lectures.

Robert Lashley was a 2016 Jack Straw Fellow, Artist Trust Fellow, and a nominee for a Stranger Genius Award. His books include Green River Valley, Up South, and The Homeboy Songs. His poetry has appeared in The Seattle Review of Books, NAILED, Poetry Northwest, McSweeney’s, and The Cascadia Review, among others.

Claudia Castro Luna is an Academy of American Poets Poet Laureate fellow (2019), WA State Poet Laureate (2018 – 2021) and Seattle’s inaugural Civic Poet (2015-2018). She is the author of Cipota Under The Moon (Tia Chucha Press, 2022) shortlisted for WA State 2023 Book Award in poetry, One River, A Thousand Voices (Chin Music Press); Killing Marías (Two Sylvias Press, 2017); and the chapbook This City (Floating Bridge Press).

Shankar Narayan explores identity, power, mythology, and technology in a world where the body is flung across borders yet possesses unrivaled power to transcend them. Shankar is a five-time Pushcart Prize nominee and the winner of prizes and fellowships from Kundiman, Hugo House, Jack Straw, Flyway, and River Heron. He is a 4Culture grant recipient for Claiming Space, a project to lift the voices of writers of color, and his chapbook, Postcards From the New World, won the Paper Nautilus Debut Series chapbook prize. Shankar draws strength from his global upbringing and from his work at the intersection of civil rights and technology. In Seattle, he awakens to the wonders of Cascadia every day, but his heart yearns east to his other hometown, Delhi. Connect with him at

Sierra Nelson is a Seattle-based poet and performance artist, author of The Lachrymose Report (PoetryNW Editions) and collaborations with Loren Erdrich, I Take Back the Sponge Cake and Isolation. Her poems have appeared on Metro Buses and publications such as I Sing the Salmon Home, Narrative, Tin House, and Pleiades.

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