island poetry

September 5, 2018

Nanaimo, BC

Nanaimo, BC, Poet Laureate, Tina Biello, has announced the lineup for year two of the Poet Laureate Reading Series. Held on Saturday afternoons at the Harbourfront Branch of the Nanaimo Library, this round of readings features:

  • September 15, 2018 – Leanne McIntosh and Daniel Scott
  • November 17, 2018 – Pat Smekal and Cornelia Hoogland
  • February 16, 2019 – Kim Clark and Sonnet L’Abbe
  • April 20, 2019 – The “Island Five” [ed note: sometimes called the “Bellingham Five” for their launch at SpeakEasy]: Susan Alexander, Terry Ann Carter, Linda Thompson, Barbara Pelman, and Richard Osler
  • June 15, 2019 – Kevin Paul and Kayla Czaga

another poetry walk

December 12, 2017

We haven’t added a locale to our poetry walk collection for a while, so here’s a new one: Nanaimo, BC, Canada. The Vancouver Island city is embedding a poem in the sidewalk outside the Port Theatre to honor each outgoing poet laureate. The first panel, which was installed in March 2017, is a poem by Nanaimo’s inaugural poet laureate Naomi Beth Wakan. Nanaimo’s current poet laureate, Tina Biello, serves until 2020, when another panel will be added to the Nanaimo Poetry Walk.

(Thanks to Michael Dylan Welch for the heads-up on this news.)

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poetry touring

February 21, 2016

Nanaimo Poetry Map

There are many ways to experience a place. The city of Nanaimo, BC, Canada, on Vancouver Island, has a new one: the Nanaimo Poetry Map. Spearheaded by Nanaimo’s First Poet Laureate, Naomi Beth Wakan, the project invited Nanaimo poets to submit “works that are in some way related to a particular point on the map or site in Nanaimo. The poems are not intended to be descriptions of places rather they are impressions of them.”

The resulting map was launched in January and the Nanaimo Poetry Map is now available online. Clicking on a location takes you to a brief description and a downloadable PDF of the poem. Take a tour of Nanaimo!

think of it as dessert

April 16, 2015

Cascadia Poetry Festival 2015

If you’ve been dining on National Poetry Month’s prompts and readings and many other daily options, the Cascadia Poetry Festival may be just the delicious dessert you need. Held in Nanaimo, BC, on Vancouver Island, the Festival begins the afternoon of Thursday, April 30, 2015, and continues through Sunday, May 3, with a tasty selection of panels, readings, a small press fair and social events. The lineup of poets is impressive. A $25 (!!) Gold Pass gets you in to everything except workshops.

Vancouver Island is beautiful at this time of year, so don’t miss dessert. Visit the Cascadia Poetry Festival website and see more Cascadia Poetry Festival on Facebook.

Cascadia Poetry Festival 2015

As National Poetry Month is winding down, the Cascadia Poetry Festival will just be getting started. From April 30 through May 3, 2015, Nanaimo, BC, on Vancouver Island, will welcome writers, artists, scientists and activists to collaborate, discover and foster deeper connection through poetry. The Festival includes performances, readings, a small press fair and several workshops.

See the schedule and more information on the Cascadia Poetry Festival website and follow the Festival news on Facebook. (Not sure about Cascadia? Here’s a map.) (Not sure about Nanaimo? Here’s some info for visitors.) See more on CPF3 from its founder, Paul Nelson.