Here is your Magnificent Seven or your Group of Seven. Either way, a powerhouse team of individuals dedicated to the success of Poets Corner.
Originally from South Africa, James Felton is a retired business owner and poetry crusader. Even though he doesn’t write, he clings to poetry as if it was his security blanket. Before founding Poets Corner in 2017, he managed the New Westminster-based reading series, Poetic Justice. Today James owns one of the largest private collections of Canadian poetry and literary journals in Western Canada. He majored in English and his undergraduate thesis focused on Canadian poet, P.K. Page. To keep out of trouble during his retirement years, he has begun selling books online.
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.
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.
Scott 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, short-listed 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. Her poetry has won the Gustafson Prize, the Malahat Reivew Long Poem Prize, and the Great Blue Heron Prize. She teaches in the English Department at Douglas College and lives in Vancouver, unceded homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.
Alexandra Zlotnik is an artist, poet and grandmother. Her poetry has been published in the Royal City Anthology of Poetry. Distinguished art patrons Joseph Segal, Peretz Institute, St. George’s School, Christine Mills have commissioned or collected her paintings. Alexandra received several awards from juried exhibitions and her paintings were published in the Multifaith Art Calendar. Currently Alexandra is creating a series of paintings representing the path to peace and prosperity honouring the Two Sisters (First Nations). Alexandra founded Ogaia ‘bringing ancient wisdom to the modern art of living’. O for the circle of unity, Gaia Greek for Mother Earth.