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Moroccan Poet and Beat Scholar Visits Seattle


El Habib Louai

El Habib Louai

SICA, the Subud International Cultural Association is delighted to welcome El Habib Louai to the Northwest for a series of readings and talks at various venues in August, 2013. We invite you to attend and spread the word. (Download poster here.)

SICA “works at the intersection of creativity and spirituality to advance and celebrate activities that grow out of the development of the human soul.”

El Habib Louai is a Beat Scholar from Agadir, Morocco, and is working on translating the poems of Allen Ginsberg and other U.S. poets into Arabic.

Saturday, August 10th Habib will perform a poem as part of the annual concert by the Jim O’Halloran Quintet at Bradner Gardens at 1730 Bradner Pl S,  Seattle. 6:30PM.

Sunday, August 11th, he’ll discuss the Beat poets from a Moroccan perspective at Spring Street Center, 1101 15th Avenue, Seattle. 12:30PM.

Monday, August 12th he’ll be the featured reader at the North End Forum at the Wedgwood Ale House, 8515 35th NE, Seattle. 8:30PM.

Thursday, August 16th, he’ll discuss the Beat poets from a Moroccan perspective at the North Cascades Institute’s Environmental Learning Center near Sedro Wooley, WA. 7PM.

El Habib Louai received his B.A in English literature and linguistics from the University Of Ibn Zohr in Agadir, Morocco, in 2007. A number of his poems have been published in various online magazines and journals, such as Indigo Rising Magazine, troubadour21, Eunoia Review, Danse Macabre du Jour, Palestine Chronicle, Istanbul Literary Review, Sagarana and Camel Saloon. He was the representative and organizer of the 100 Thousand Poets for Change cultural event in Agadir, Morocco in 2011, and is currently translating the poetry of Allen Ginsberg and other U.S. poets into Arabic.


About The Subud International Cultural Association (SICA)

SICA is a global nonprofit organization based in Austin, Texas that provides programs and services to individuals and organizations working in the fields of art, culture, and creativity for the development of human values across all fields of human endeavor. SICA believes the development of individual talent is critical to building love and respect among people everywhere. SICA was begun by members of the World Subud Association in 1983. www.subud-sica.org


Ginsberg Marathon, June 1, 2013 8P-?

Allen Ginsberg

Allen Ginsberg

Join us for a celebration of Beat poet (& counter-cultural icon) Allen Ginsberg at the 12th Annual Allen Ginsberg Memorial Open Mic Poetry Marathon on Saturday, June 1, starting at 8PM. The venue for the first year is the Spring Street Center. There will be Beat-centric performances throughout the night. For details, see the poster below. Suggested donation is $5.00 and benefits SPLAB – The SPokenword LAB. 8P Start – Featured Poet Jack Remick. He’s Beat, but not tired & brings Beat fire to kick off AG12. (Download a pdf of the poster here.)

AG Open Mic Marathon

AG Open Mic Marathon, poster by Tessa Hulls

10P – The Four Hoarse Men perform a selection of Michael McClure’s Ghost Tantras.
11P – Band of Poets
12M – The Bempire. Greg Bem hosts Beat movies, readings and your all night contributions.
5A – Sunrise reading of an AG classic. Howl? Kaddish? Wichita Vortex Sutra?
6A – 2nd shift, with breakfast. Are you an early riser?
9A – Lightning Round hosted by Paul Nelson. Bring your VERY SHORT (haiku-length) poems, as we move in a circle to hear everyone’s work. You can even improvise, but keep it 10-20 syllables.
10A – Nadine Maestas hosts a panel on AG’s LGBTQ poetics and activism at a venue TBA.

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Subud members are encouraged to attend, participate and help the proceedings happen in the best way.

Spring Street Record Month!


This part March we set a new record for rentals at Spring Street Seattle.

Now entering our second year of active facility rental, we’re beginning to see increased interest in the Subud House as an event venue.

We had a memorial, a wedding on St. Patrick’s Day and a wedding on the 24th. We are getting rave reviews from our clients. One person said Spring Street Center is “the best-kept secret in Seattle.” You can help us get the word out to your friends, by spreading the word or by “liking” our Facebook page. Thanks to our Subud members for sacrificing a day of latihan so the Wells couple could have their wedding on Sunday, St. Patrick’s Day.

Wells Wedding (3.17.13)

Wells Wedding (3.17.13)

The greenest commercial building on earth rises in Seattle

Our neighbor:

The Bullitt Center not only set its sights very high; it is having a ripple effect on suppliers of building materials.


The super-green Bullitt Center under construction

Bullitt Center


When EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson visited Seattle last month for a talk at UW’s graduation, there was one visit she and her staff weren’t interested in promoting. On Saturday morning, just before the graduation, she and a few of her staffers made an unpublicized stop at 15th and Madison. (The low profile was to avoid distracting attention from her graduation speech.)


More here: http://crosscut.com/2012/07/23/architecture/109684/greenest-commercial-building-earth-rises-seattle/