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Snoqualmie Valley Haiku Showdown + Last Stand Documentary Screening

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Carnation Tree Farm

31523 Northeast 40th Street

Carnation, WA 98014

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Join us to bring together the Snoqualmie Valley and greater Seattle community in support of art, music, and ideas that protect our wild spaces! More than one hundred fifty people attended 2016’s wildly successful event, together raising over $3,600 which supported the filming and production of the documentary film Last Stand: The Vanishing Caribou Rainforest.

This evening will include:
-Delicious locally made food!
-Poetry Showdown
-A screening of the documentary film
-Live Music and Dancing after the showdown
-A raffle of locally sourced and handmade goods!
-Raising money for a grass-roots Non-Profit, the Mountain Caribou Initiative
-Community

Last Stand is a cinematic journey into the tragically threatened world of endangered mountain caribou, their home in the world's largest remaining inland temperate rainforest of the Pacific Northwest, and the critical human choices that will ultimately decide the fate of this stunning ecosystem. With the failure of agencies in the U.S. and Canada to regulate industrial resource extraction effectively, honor the treaty rights of indigenous peoples, and protect the integrity of the natural systems of this region, this film gives voice to First Nations, scientists, foresters, conservationists, and recreationists attempting to chart a new path forward before it is too late.

This year’s event will feature a screening of the documentary followed by a Q and A with Producers Marcus Reynerson and David Moskowitz. You can check out the trailer here!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlFJ7DRnlGs&t=4s

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A Haiku Showdown is a literary fight to the death. Using only original haikus, 16 participants will battle it out to see who will be crowned the Snoqualmie Valley Haiku Champion! Come help us support a tireless group of conservationists who are doing much-needed work to protect and recover one of the most magnificent, and endangered, animals in North America. See more details on the project below!

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Mark your calendars. Sharpen your pens.
Intense action guaranteed!

-What is a haiku?-

A haiku is a poem consisting of 17 syllables. These are usually presented in three lines. First line 5 syllables, second 7 syllables, third line 5 syllables. Not everyone sticks to that conventional layout though, so the important part is just the 17 syllable count.

Traditionally haiku is a Japanese form used to capture a moment in time set within a natural landscape, but for our purposes haiku can be funny, profound, sexy, bizarre, it doesn't matter. Perhaps, since many of us are involved with local farms, environmental outreach, or outdoor schools, we might expect some haiku to glint at the beauty of nature connection.

Haiku examples:

I close my eyes
and try to imagine all
the impossible things

if i grew a mus
tache for you would you grow a
ffectionate for me?

salmon feed the trees
losing life while making love
for sea and mountain

my boy needs a village
to send him away and welcome
him back a man.

tricky thing love,
it only seems to function
if the heart is turned on


How the Showdown will work:

Up to 16 poets will sign-up on a first come first serve basis... email Stephen at sj.daesmith@gmail.com to reserve your battle spot. In head to head match-ups, poets will take turns reading their original haikus. A panel of judges, who will be randomly selected from the audience, will decide the winner of each bout.

The winners of each round will move to the next until only two haiku competitors remain. In the final round these two poets will battle for the title of HAIKU CHAMPION OF THE SNOQUALMIE VALLEY!!!

Things Poets Will Need:

1) A total of 20 original haiku-- only the poets who make it to the finals could actually use all 20, and then only if all their rounds go to five poems, but the possibility of needing 20 does exist, so come prepared.

2) The fortitude and strength to fight to the death...with their words.

Oh and one last thing. yes, we realize that the premise of competitive poetry is a RIDICULOUS concept! especially when the randomly selected judges might be slightly inebriated and/or British. Please understand that the competitive framework is just a silly gimmick to create some buzz and a rowdy good time for poets, judges, and audience alike. Most importantly, this will be a night surrounded by big-hearted people all rallying together to support a local and truly worthy conservation effort.

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We are looking for volunteers and donations of food for eating and items for the raffle. All donations are tax deductible!

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For more information on the film and the Mountain Caribou Initiative: http://laststandfilm.org/

Or check out their facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/mountaincaribou/

FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

All ages are welcome, an ID will need to presented for alcohol consumption.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

keith.m.koch@gmail.com

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Nope, You can show us your phone receipt as well.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

We will accomodate!

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