Poetry Phone

April 17, 2021

Well, you still may not be able to drive into Canada for a poetry reading, but we’re happy to see that The Poetry Phone is now showcasing the work of local Vancouver, BC, writers. Give them a call, or visit the Downtown Vancouver website to learn more about the ten featured poets and listen online.

no passport required

March 12, 2021

Wax Poetic is Vancouver’s longest running poetry show. Every Wednesday at 2:00pm Pacific, hosts RC Weslowski, Lucia Misch, Kevin Spenst, Zofia Rose, and Johnny D. Trinh spend an hour visiting with poets laureate from across Canada, the latest up-and-coming poetry slammers, the most seasoned touring spoken word artists, and poets with new books hot off the presses.

Go to Canada. Tune in at Coop Radio 100.5FM or browse the archive (2017 to present).

happening now!

October 20, 2017

The Vancouver Writers Fest is happening now and continuing through Sunday, October 22, 2017, in Vancouver, BC.

Thursday in Vancouver, BC

October 13, 2017

Edited by Poet Laureate for the City of Victoria, BC, Yvonne Blomer, Refugium (Caitlin Press) invites poets to “explore our connection to the Pacific, what we know and don’t know, how we’ve already changed the shore and the sea and what we fear losing.”

There will be a book launch and reading on Thursday, October 19, 2017, 6:00pm, at the Nə́c̓aʔmat ct Public Library and YWCA Cause We Care House, Woo Soon Mary Lee Chan Room, at 730 East Hastings, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Authors reading at the event are Ann Hopkinson, Jo Lilley, Jeremy Pataky, Heidi Greco, Rob Taylor, Lee Beavington, Anne Simpson, Fiona Tinwei Lam, Miranda Pearson, Luther Allen, Lorin Medley, Terri Brandmueller, Nancy Pagh, Betsy Warland, Kate Braid, Stephen Collis, David Pimm, Barbara Pelman, and Cornelia Hoogland.

Free admission. Books available for sale and signing.
See you there.

haiku update

February 22, 2016

Jenny Holzer - Meijer Gardens

With National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo) well under way, it seems a good time for an update…

In the “poetry walk” and “poetry map” category, we’d have to add the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The 158-acre sculpture and botanic garden includes the newly-opened Richard and Helen DeVos Japanese Garden. Designed by Hoichi Kurisu and the firm Kurisu International (who also designed the Japanese Garden in Portland, Oregon), the DeVos Garden includes “For the Garden,” a commissioned work by the artist Jenny Holzer. Thirteen hand-carved boulders display text that Holzer selected from across the distinguished traditions of Japanese literature from the 9th century to the 20th. To see more, visit the garden (!) or go to Richard and Helen DeVos Japanese Garden, click on Highlights, then For the Garden, and scroll down for a description and link to a downloadable PDF with photos and poetry credits.

Our next haiku update is a reminder that The Ferndale Arts Commission invites Whatcom County Poets to submit cherry blossom-themed haiku in celebration of this year’s Ferndale Cherry Blossom Festival (April 16 & 17, 2016). Each poet may submit two unpublished haiku poems. There are Youth and Adult categories and the winning haiku will be selected by Michael Dylan Welch. The submission deadline is Monday, March 14, 2016. For guidelines, see Call To All Whatcom County Poets and find the submission form on The Ferndale Cherry Blossom Festival page. For inspiration, see “Some Suggestions for Writing Haiku” on the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational page.

And speaking of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, the 2016 Haiku Invitational will begin accepting haiku submissions (up to two unpublished poems) from around the world beginning March 1, 2016. The theme is celebration. Watch the Haiku Invitational page for information on how to submit.

Finally, we circle back to NaHaiWriMo. To encourage you to meet the goal of writing a haiku each day of February (29 in 2016!), NaHaiWriMo’s Michael Dylan Welch offers a daily prompt (Z-words!) on the NaHaiWriMo Facebook page. Actually, the daily prompts continue throughout the year, with a guest prompter each month. You can see the collected prompts in the Notes section of the NaHaiWriMo page.
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image from “For the Garden” by Jenny Holzer. Words by Mitsuhashi Takajo, translation by Makoto Ueda, © 2003 by Columbia University Press, from Far Beyond the Field: Haiku by Japanese Women, edited by Makoto Ueda.

more for September

August 31, 2015

WORD Vancouver

WORD Vancouver returns Wednesday, September 23, through Sunday, September 27, 2015, with a packed schedule of readings, book signings, workshops, panel discussions, performances, exhibits and celebrations (including plenty of poetry) at various venues around Vancouver, BC.

WORD Vancouver is free and you can find a complete schedule on the WORD Vancouver website, plus additional information on Facebook.

Vancouver Writers Fest

Granville Island, in Vancouver, BC, has plenty to recommend it any day of the week. But October 21-26, 2014, it will get even better as the Vancouver Writers Fest moves in to celebrate ideas, words, books and writing.

There’s an impressive array of writers on the schedule, and a wide selection of genres, as well as events targeted to children. There’s even a contest, which will accept submissions until October 26. Events are ticketed and there is an admission charge for each event.

Get all the details on the Vancouver Writers Fest website or visit them on Facebook.

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