Paul @ Splab Paul Everett Nelson
14 S. Division
Auburn, WA 98001
(253) 735-MEAT

[email protected]

Paul Nelson is a broadcast interview host, whole-systems journalist, teacher and poet. The founder of a non-profit organism: It Plays in Peoria Productions and co-founder of SPLAB! Northwest SPokenword LAB. Paul has two chap books and a CD - Twisting Runes. A broadcaster for 23 years, he has interviewed hundreds of authors, poets, activists and whole-system theorists for his regionally-syndicated public affairs radio program, a list of which appears HERE. Paul has performed his poetry in numerous venues in the Pacific Northwest and his hometown of Chicago and has conducted over 200 writing and performance workshops throughout the Puget Sound region through the SPLAB!-on-the-Road workshop troupe. He lectures on Open Forms in American Poetry (& other subjects) at high schools and community colleges. He currently performs with saxophonist Dan Blunck in a poetry/music collaboration called: WordPlay. A member of the boards of Red Sky Poetry Theater and other community organizations, Paul is father of a twelve year old daughter Rebecca Rose. Link to a portion of "Twisting Runes" as Paul reads it: E-Poets Network Or hear one of Paul's best Jazz poems: First Breath (For Bud & Monk) For Paul's response to 911 and resulting events: No Time For Dreamers.

An avid hiker, Paul's backpacking trips have garnered major press:


South County Journal - (they botched the Whitman line): Those who love each other shall become invincible.

Seattle P.I.

Seattle Times

KPLU-FM - sound!

KING-5 TV News

East Side Journal - Patti Payne's column.

Olympic National Park Press Release

Thanks to the many folks who prayed or relayed good wishes, including, but not limited to: Paul's family in the Puget Sound region, Chicago, Southern California, Miami & Chicago; The Calvary Temple in Auburn; Stephanie Skura; the KPLU staff & listeners; Grandmother; Y'Shua; Cleto; Quan Yin and you know who you are!

Click here for Paul's prose account.

Broadcast Experience

It Plays In Peoria Productions (501(c)(3))-Federal I.D.# 91-1618296-
December '93 - Present
Responsible for Hosting, Researching and Producing Radio Interview Programs; Consulting stations on FCC Compliance and Quarterly Reports of Issues Programming; Overseeing SPLAB! operations; and other duties of this non-profit organism, including: Fund-Raising and Outreach. Check out this Seattle P.I. article on IPiPP:

KPLU-88.5 FM Tacoma/Seattle (Jazz and NPR News)
March '96-June '03.
Host of "Saturday Jazz Matinee," & Fill-in Jazz Host

Throughout Pierce County
October 1995 - October 2000
Host of an award-winning community-affairs TV program, taped in association with the Rainier Communications Commission and aired on Pierce County Municipal Television's Channel 28.

KMTT-103.7 FM/Seattle (AAA)
April '93 - November '96
Public Affairs Coordinator
Responsible for Hosting, Researching and Producing a weekly one-hour public affairs program: "The Mountain Magazine" as well as: "The Mountain Green Report." Also responsible for representing KMTT at monthly broadcaster ascertainment meetings and coordination of Quarterly Reports of Issues Programming.

KKNW-106.9FM/Seattle (formerly KNUA, now KRWM) (NAC)
October '88 - August '92
News & Community Affairs Director

November '90 - August '92
Produced and delivered seven daily newscasts, composed/organized Quarterly Reports and hosted an award-winning public affairs program: "Sunday Morning Magazine," honored by the State Bar Association's "Excellence in Legal Journalism" awards program.

October '88 - June '90
Afternoon/Morning On-Air Host

June '89 - June '90
Host/Producer "Sunday Morning Jazz"

Other commercial stations include: WXFM-Chicago (Jazz), WMET-Chicago (AOR), WWCT-Peoria (AOR), WAPL-Appleton/Green Bay, WI (AOR), WGRX-FM-Baltimore (EOR), WKGR-West Palm Beach (EOR), WSTU-AM Stuart, FL (AC) and I started my first commercial radio job at WWMM-FM Arlington Heights, IL in August of 1980.


Columbia CollegeChicago, IL
June 1983
BA in Radio Communications
Graduated with Honors


Ethnic Heritage: Latino

Selected Community Literary Activities:

Awarded writer's residency at Centrum in Port Townsend, WA - March '02
Participant in the Jack Straw Writers Award Prorgam - 2001
Jury Member for the Seattle Poetry Festival - 2001
Featured Performer at the Seattle Poetry Festival - 2000
Featured Performer at Bumbershoot Literary Festival - 2000
Master of Ceremonies for Bumbershoot Literary Stage - 1999
Judge for Metro Poetry Bus competition - 1999
Regular Lecturer on Open Forms in American Poetry and Poetry Performance at local High Schools and community colleges since 1998.
Board Member Red Sky Poetry Theater since 1997
Facilitator of SPLAB!-on-the-Road Literary and Performance workshops in Schools, Libraries, Community Centers and Correctional Facilities throughout the County - 1997.

Selected Volunteer Activities:
From 1997 to 2002 I served on the Board of the Red Sky Poetry Theater in Seattle, the West Coast's longest continuously-running poetry open mic. I was honored by the Auburn Coalition for Teen Pregnancy Prevention for support of Auburn Youth with the NW SPokenword LAB and served on the steering committee. I have served as Chair of 31st District Democratic Organization; delegate to the King County Democratic Legislative Action Committee; Board Member of the South King County Community Public Health and Safety Network; Board Member Citizens for Proportional Representation;the Auburn Citizens Commuter Rail Siting Committee, the Auburn School District Pathways Program Advisory Board, the Uniqely Auburn Steering Committee and have started/helped found three non-profit literary projects: It Plays in Peoria Productions, 19th Draft: Auburn's Literary Arts Group and the the NorthWest SPokenword LAB or SPLAB!

Poetry has appeared in:

Square Lake, Issue Three-Seattle, WA, Spring, 2003;
Raven Chronicles, Vol II, #2-Seattle, WA, Fall, 2002;
Pontoon (Number 5) Floating Bridge Press Anthology of Washington State Poets-Seattle, WA, October, 2001;
Beautiful Lumber (Seattle Open Mic Poetry Anthology)-Seattle, WA, October, 2001;
Art & Poetry on the Buses, King County-Seattle, WA, Fall, 2000 & 2001;
Vox Populi Anthology - Eleventh Hour Productions-Seattle, WA, May, 2000;
The Raven Chronicles (South Sound Edition)-Tacoma, WA, Fall, 1999;
The Temple-Walla Walla, WA, October, 2000 (Essay on Projective Verse) & January, 1999;
Poets at the Canterbury Fair-Kent, WA, August, 1998;
Point No Point (Wordscape Supplement)-Seattle, WA, July, 1998;
Main Street Rag-Charlotte, NC, May, 1998;
Quicksilver-Mukilteo, WA, February, 1998;
Nobody's Orphan Child The Red Sky Anthology - Seattle, WA, 1996;
Woodfrogs in Chaos-19th Draft Anthology - Auburn, WA, 1996;
Paper Boat Press-Poulsbo, WA, 1995;
Eat Your Mind Anthology-Auburn, WA, 1995;
as well as the Tacoma News Tribune, the Church Council of Greater Seattle's newsletter, "The Source" and "Auburn Valley in All Seasons" newspaper.

His published chap books are:

"Twisting Runes - CD & Chap Book" June 2000
"Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Invisible Maniac" June 1997
"99 Lives" September, 1996
"We Don't Celebrate Halloween in Cuba: and other stories from Auburn" July, 1996

Featured poet gigs in:

Seattle, WA Bumbershoot (w/ Dan Blunck as WordPlay), September, 2003;

Portland, OR Sound Po Festival (w/Dan Blunck as WordPlay) in Feb, 2003;

Seattle, WA Fusion Cafe, downtown YMCA in November, 2001;

Shelton, WA at Write in the Woods literary festival May, 2001;

Seattle at Bumbershoot 2000; Red Sky Poetry Theater 1997 & '99;

Cafe Aloha Reading Series, Chicago, IL, 1999;

Salon Productions Homeland reading, 1998;

Kerouac: A Jazz Play at the Velvet Elvis Theater. 1997 & '98

Vancouver B.C., at the Vancouver Slam,1998

Redmond,WA at RASP, 1996 & 2000 as well as in

Auburn - Blue Moon, 1997

Kent - Canterbury Faire, 1998

Tacoma and in Ashland, Oregon 1996.

Selected Quotes:
"(Your poem) Rebound Girl is vivid with energy and has a life of its own." - Michael McClure

To a genius interviewer and visionary" - Larry Dossey, M.D.

"Your sense of the mythic is down and dirty as well as sublime" - Jean Houston

"To a real radio intuitive" - Mona Lisa Schultz, M.D., Ph.D.

Email Paul Nelson, IPIPP Presidente: [email protected]

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