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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looking ahead to summer…

December 19, 2015

Ellen Bass Nanoose June2016

Dorianne Laux & Joseph Millar

Soon — very soon! — the days will start getting longer, and while there’s plenty of winter ahead, it’s not too soon to dream of summer escapes. The summer of 2016 will bring two dazzling poetry workshop/retreats to Annie’s Acre in Nanoose Bay, on the eastern shore of Vancouver Island.

June 3-5, Ellen Bass will offer “The World Split Open” and August 5-7, Dorianne Laux and Joseph Millar will offer “The Hidden Architecture of the Poem.” Enrollment is limited. For details on the workshops and accommodations, contact Tina Biello:

Master class: Manuscripts

August 16, 2014

Warland flyer

Get away to Vancouver Island and take your manuscript with you. Author, teacher and manuscript consultant Betsy Warland will offer a three-day workshop in Nanoose Bay, Listening to Your Manuscript, for poets, creative nonfiction writers, memoirists and mixed genre writers who have a substantial body of work, a full draft, a chapbook or a book and are at work on their next manuscript. For information, contact Tina Biello: tbiello AT