The collective bringing you Poets Corner:
Adrienne Drobnies’ first book of poetry, Salt and Ashes, was released in 2019 by Signature Editions. A graduate of the SFU Writer’s Studio, her poetry has appeared in literary magazines in Canada, the US and UK, including Event, The Antigonish Review, Riddle Fence, Cider Press Review and Popshot. She has a doctorate in chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley. Her long poem “Randonnées” won the 2017 Gwendolyn MacEwen Award for Best Suite of Poems by an Emerging Poet and was a finalist for the CBC literary award for poetry.
A retired business owner and poetry crusader, James Felton is the Founder of Poets Corner. He clings to poetry as if it was his security blanket. Having run the show almost single-handedly, he’s grateful that complete burnout was narrowly avoided before he successfully persuaded a group of energized, capable, and enthusiastic poetry lovers to take over the running of this worthy reading series. He is now trying to get out of his own way and slither to the sidelines, turning over the reins to those with a vision to take the series to greater heights.
Born in 1990, Sara Hejazi is a researcher, translator, and teacher. She holds a BA in Translation Studies and an MA in TEFL, both with highest distinction. Hejazi is a member of Iranian Translators & Interpreters Association as well as Elite & Young Researchers Club. She is currently a PhD student in Applied Linguistics with particular interest in conglomeration of art and education. Sara sees poetry as a universal panacea, a cadence that grants her an effervescent sensation and an unparalleled fullness of delight.
Jillian Maguire is a teacher, a musician and a poetry enthusiast. She is excited to be part of the burgeoning poetry scene in Vancouver and looks forward to helping poets find their audience. Gatherings that celebrate the spoken and written word are a powerful tool in the building and maintenance of democracy and Poets Corner will do its best to ensure that these gatherings continue to grow and flourish.
Scot Ramsay is a high school teacher of Film Studies and is delighted to be a part of the Poets Corner team. He has appreciated all the volunteers, past and present, across Greater Vancouver, who have organized reading opportunities for poets like himself. He looks forward to hearing Vancouver’s poetic heart speak!
Evelyn Schofield has roots in the Ottawa Valley and Victoria, BC, and as a child learned to love escaping into literature. At the age of 10, she was thrilled to have a poem published in The Elizabethan, a British children’s magazine. Later, her studies in linguistics at the University of Toronto nurtured a fascination with the power and subtlety of words. Since 1977, she has lived in greater Vancouver and has recently resumed writing poetry. She can sometimes be heard reading at open mikes around town. She has now volunteered to help with the administrative tasks that keep Poets Corner running smoothly.
Kim Trainor is the granddaughter of an Irish banjo player and a Polish faller who worked in the logging camps around Port Alberni in the 1930s. Her second book, Ledi, finalist for the 2019 Raymond Souster Award, describes the excavation of an Iron Age horsewoman’s grave in the steppes of Siberia. Her next book is Bluegrass (Icehouse Press, 2022). Her poetry has won the Gustafson Prize, the Malahat Review Long Poem Prize, and the Great Blue Heron Prize. New projects include collaborating with the musician Hazel Fairbairn on a poetry film of Ledi, and being webmaster for Poets Corner Reading Series. She teaches in the English Department at Douglas College and lives in Vancouver, unceded homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.
Chair, Poet Liaison, and Grants: Adrienne Drobnies
Community Liaison: James Felton
Social Media Coordinator: Sara Hejazi
Newsletter Editor: Jillian Maguire
Treasurer and Archivist: Evelyn Schofield
Webmaster + Graphics; One Minute Poem Coordinator: Kim Trainor