Poets Corner Reading Series



December’s Virtual Poetry Reading at Poets Corner!!

Please join us this Wednesday 15th December for what we think will be our last VIRTUAL reading at Poets Corner, featuring:

Wendy Donawa spent 36 years in Barbados as student, college instructor and museum curator. She has returned to her salty West Coast birthplace on the unceded lands of the Esquimalt and Songhees people, whom she acknowledges with respect and gratitude. From her writing desk, she can see sunset on the Salish Sea and Sooke Hills.

Her poems appear in Canadian anthologies, magazines, and solo chapbooks. Her début poetry collection, Thin Air of the Knowable (Brick Books, 2017) was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert award.  Our Bodies’ Unanswered Questions (Fontenac House, 2021) is her second book.


Chantal Gibson (chantalgibson.com) is an award-winning writer-artist-educator living on the ancestral lands of the Coast Salish Peoples. Working in the overlap between literary and visual art, her work confronts colonialism head on, imagining the BIPOC voices silenced in the spaces and omissions left by cultural and institutional erasure. Her visual art has been exhibited in galleries and museums across Canada and the US.

Her debut book of poetry, How She Read (Caitlin Press, 2019) explores the representation of Black women in Canadian history, art, literature. It won the 2020 Pat Lowther Memorial Award and the 2020 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and was shortlisted for the 2020 Griffin Poetry Prize. Her follow-up collection, with/holding (Caitlin Press, 2021) brings a critical lens to the representation and reproduction of Blackness across digital media.

Recipient of the 2021 3M National Teaching Fellowship award, she teaches writing and design communication in the School of Interactive Arts & Technology at Simon Fraser University.

Poets Corner’s December 2021 virtual reading will be Wednesday, 15th December, 2021, at 730pm. REGISTER NOW!!


‘PNE Love Affair’: November Reading at Poets Corner

Posted on behalf of Evelyn Schofield

On November 17, we gathered online to find respite from storms and floods and appreciate some poetry, knowing that even in the midst of disaster, poems can serve us well: they bring us together to find comfort and a new resolve to overcome our  hardships. At the Open Mike, we welcomed back many regular contributors and also saw a new poet or two step up to share their words.

Our first featured poet of the evening was RC Weslowski, who gave a lively reading of selections from his newly published first volume of poetry My Soft Response to the Wars. The poems offer a delightful discovery of ‘sense in nonsense’, like a conversation gone sideways, highlighting the absurdity of life with a touch of sardonic humour. A line from his poem ‘PNE Love Affair’ shows how skilfully he can spin common idioms into something unexpected: “your legs were scissors I wanted to run with”.

After a short break we gathered around the laptops again to hear from our second featured poet, Isabella Wang, who slowed the pace to read poems in memory of three local and much-beloved poets who have recently passed, focusing on the cycles of nature and passage of the seasons. She also read from  her just released debut collection of poems, Pebble Swing, and explained that the title refers to skipping stones, like “syllables of my mother tongue bouncing back at me from water’s surface”. Shortly after nine o’clock, we parted, saying fond farewells and feeling much better after gathering around the digital fire to share our stories.  Please join us on December 15, for more fine poetry and a feeling of community.

Photo credit: pne.ca