Special Events

Saul Weisberg's Headwaters Fall 2015 Book Tour


North Cascades Institute is excited to announce the publication of selected poems of Institute Founder and Executive Director Saul Weisberg!

Over 25 years in the making, Headwaters: Poems & Field Notes, published by Pleasure Boat Studio: A Literary Press, features more than 200 poems written from a seasoned naturalist’s perspective on wilderness and imagination. Weisberg’s poetry grows out of specific images and distinct moments gathered from the natural world. It celebrates green and misty landscapes and the wilderness they hold. In the tradition of poets like Basho, Buson, Robert Sund, Gary Snyder, Tim McNulty and Sam Greene, the poems are an invitation to walk alongside a perceptive observer on rambles in the mountains, runs down the river and ruminations in desert canyons, investigating the ties that bind people and place.

Click here for Fall Tour dates in Olympia, Mazama, Darrington, Sedro-Wooley, Guemes Island, Seattle and Port Townsend, along with an interview, book reviews and more!

An Evening of Mountain Spirit

Tori Karpenko LO Image


November 21, 7pm • Free

Join visual artist Tori Karpenko and Institute Founder and Executive Director Saul Weisberg at Traver Gallery in downtown Seattle for an evening steeped in the transformative power of the mountains.  Inspired by the stories of Gary Snyder, Philip Whalen, and Jack Kerouac (who spent summers in the North Cascades in the 1950’s as fire lookouts) and his own experiences in the mountains, Karpenko’s paintings surround a 14’x14’ recreation of a Fire Lookout Cabin.  The iconic hermitage serves as a crystalized form that encapsulates the sanctuary and spiritual inspiration of high mountain wilderness.

The evening will feature an artist’s talk about the “Lookout” project and selected readings by Saul Weisberg from his own writings as well as those of the Beat Poets during their time in the North Cascades. The “Lookout” show runs from November 5 through December 23.   Please join us for this special evening of paintings and poetry; come early at 6:30 for wine and socializing.