Poets Corner Reading Series


I do not think poetry is more, or less, necessary than food, shelter,
health, education, decent working conditions. It is as necessary.
~ Adrienne Rich, What is Found There


Please join us for our 4th Virtual Live Reading at Poets Corner, 19 August 2020! 

We`re having so much fun, we’re not even going to go on vacation!

Next month’s virtual poetry reading will feature Yvonne Blomer and Sarah de Leeuw.  Also reading will be Jenna Butler and Tanis MacDonald whose poetry was included in the just-released anthology Sweet Water: Poems for the Watersheds, edited by Yvonne.

Please join us on Wednesday August 19 at 7:30pm (West Coast time) to listen to these poets read their own works. Poets Corner will soon be listed on Eventbrite; for now, you will find all the information you need to attend by scrolling down the page.


Yvonne Blomer is an award-winning poet and author of the critically acclaimed travel memoir Sugar Ride: Cycling from Hanoi to Kuala Lumpur. Her most recent book of poetry is As if a Raven. She works as an editor, teacher and mentor in poetry and memoir. Yvonne served as the city of Victoria poet laureate from 2015-2018. In 2017 she edited the anthology Refugium: Poems for the Pacific (Caitlin Press) and this year Sweet Water: Poems for the Watersheds was released. Yvonne lives, works and raises her family on the traditional territories of the WSÁNEĆ (Saanich), Lkwungen (Songhees), Wyomilth (Esquimalt) peoples of the Coast Salish Nation.


Author of six literary books (creative non-fiction and poetry) and co-editor of five academic texts, Sarah de Leeuw is an interdisciplinary scholar whose work focuses broadly on marginalized peoples and geographies. Nominated in 2017 for a Governor General’s Literary Prize in non-fiction, de Leeuw also holds a Western Magazine Gold Award, two CBC Literary Prizes for creative non-fiction, and a Dorothy Livesay BC Book Prize for poetry. Currently the President of the League of Canadian Poets, de Leeuw has a PhD in historical-cultural geography and is a Professor and Canada Research Chair (Humanities and Health Inequities) with the Northern Medical Program in Prince George, a distributed site of UBC’s Faculty of Medicine. She grew up on Haida Gwaii and now divides her time between Prince George and Kelowna, British Columbia.


If you want to hear these great poets, you need to register ahead of time. The reading will be delivered via the Zoom video conferencing platform:

Venue:                 Zoom platform online (click the link below to register)
Date:                    Wednesday, 19 August 2020, from 7:30 to 9:30pm, PDT


Register in advance by clicking this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAtf-2vpj0rHNPoTn1Tpc5iabLtVQFzghWk

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join the meeting.


If you have any questions contact us in advance at:  socialmedia@poetscorner.ca

Open mic:

To sign up for the open mic for August (limit of 10 readers; 3 minutes per reader!) please REGISTER first and then contact us at socialmedia@poetscorner.ca

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.