FINISHED! Poetry Reading on Wednesday May 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Before telling you about May’s exceptional (and very unusual) poetry reading, let me briefly tell you about our last reading on Wednesday, April 18.

Group Photo of Featured Poets at Poets Corner

What a trio of talent! E.D. Blodgett, Terry Ann Carter, and Rhonda Ganz delivered readings that spanned the spectrum of poetic styles and subjects.  The audience topped out at 40 and the comments I received from many of you told me you were blown away.

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Our standard format at Poets Corner is to have two featured poets preceded by an open mic segment. However, this month will be different. Very different. In fact, it’s so different we’re calling it a celebration.

In May we are going to celebrate and honour a B.C. publishing house that has nurtured and lauded many creative writers over its long history. Ekstasis Editions is an independent literary press that has steadfastly supported not only British Columbian but many other Canadian writers for over 35 years.

It is time to say thank you.

May’s Guests of Honour

Photo of Richard Olafson

Richard Olafson

It is time to celebrate a literary press that Richard Olafson started in 1982 and continues to run today. Owned and operated by Richard and his partner, Carol Ann Sokoloff, the two continue to support literary writers, especially those in this province.

Richard’s years at the helm of Ekstasis can be summed up as a stellar example of a creative, prolific, and dedicated career.

Photo of Carol Ann Sokoloff

Carol Ann Sokoloff

There were many boulder-sized roadblocks that seemed determined to thwart these two from reaching the 30-year mark.  But here they are today, proudly standing next to the 35-year milestone marker along the long and winding (and enduring) road.

Originally, Ekstasis published poetry almost exclusively, but it has since diversified and branched out into related forms such as literary fiction, metaphysics, theatre and, most recently, Children’s and Young Adult books under the Cherubim Books imprint.

How Will We Celebrate Ekstasis’ 35 years?

Aside from the obvious camaraderie that will be aided by all sorts of libations, a special evening of readings and tributes is planned. Invitations are being sent to every writer ever published by Ekstasis.  And that’s quite a few!

We realize not everyone is close enough to our host venue in Vancouver’s Chinatown to be there in person, but all Ekstasis writers will be invited no matter where they live. Who knows? You may want to make a point of being in town around May 16 to honour and celebrate this special indie press and the people that helped put many of you on the literary map.logo for ekstasis editions

In a perfect world, we would love each and every Ekstasis writer who is there the evening of the 16th to read a poem or a short excerpt from their published work. Obviously that’s not possible. Instead you are being asked to bring your Ekstasis publication in case your your name is drawn from the hat; those selected will then deliver a short reading.

No Open Mic at the Next Reading

Because of this special celebration to honour Ekstasis Editions, there won’t be our usual Open Mic segment on May 16th. But there will be a helluva lot of published Ekstasis writers at the mic!

Make sure you’ve signed up to receive our twice-monthly newsletter (the form’s to the right) for more details of this very special themed reading.

See you on May 16th!


FINISHED! Poetry Reading on Wednesday April 18 at 7:30 p.m.

It’s April already and it’s STILL winter outside. What’s with that?! I think it’s best to have some fine poetry to warm up our souls. Before I share what’s happening for April’s reading, I want to let all of you who couldn’t make our inaugural reading know what a wonderful evening we had. And what a lovely venue! Massy Books went all out to make us feel welcome, especially with the cash bar!

Photo of Featured Poets and Poets Corner members at our inaugural reading

Carl Hare and Marguerite Pigeon will now go down in history as our very first readers at Poets Corner (formerly Poetic Justice). Some fine voices were also heard during the Open Mic segment, too.

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Our normal format is to have two featured poets preceded by an open mic segment. This month, however, we’re having three talented poets. We’ll still have open mic, but it will be shorter than normal. Mark the date before you forget: Wed Apr 18 at 7:30pm. Here’s a little more about our April featured poets.

April’s First Featured Poet

E.D. Blodgett, poetE.D. Blodgett is a literary historian, translator, and poet. He has published 28 books of poetry, of which 2 were awarded the Governor General’s Award. His most recent book is Songs for Dead Children (University of Alberta Press). Translations of his poetry have appeared in French, Serbian, and Hebrew, among other languages. He was Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Alberta, a former Writer-in-Residence at Grant MacEwan University (2004), and past poet laureate of Edmonton (2007-09). He is currently involved in writing a bilingual renga with a Francophone poet from Winnipeg.

April’s Second Featured Poet

Photo of Terry Ann Carter, poetTerry Ann Carter is the author of On the Road to Naropa: My Love Affair with Jack Kerouac (Inkling Press) and TOKAIDO (Red Moon Press). She is also co-editor (with George Swede) of Erotic Haiku: Of Skin on Skin, (Black Moss Press), president of Haiku Canada, and founder of Haiku Arbutus in Victoria. As a “community fellow” at the University of Victoria (2017), Terry Ann had an opportunity to examine the Buddhist influence on classical Japanese haiku.

April’s Third Featured Poet

Photo of Rhonda Ganz, poetRhonda Ganz is a Victoria poet who used to call Vancouver home. Her debut collection, Frequent, small loads of laundry (Mother Tongue Publishing, 2017) was just shortlisted for the 2018 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. A devotee of crime fiction and Judge Judy, she mines nightmare and reality TV for material. Her work has appeared the The Malahat Review, Rattle, Room, Harvard Design Magazine and in the anthologies Rocksalt: An Anthology of Contemporary BC Poetry (Mother Tongue Publishing), Poems from Planet Earth (Leaf Press), Poet to Poet (Guernica Editions) and Force Field:  77 Women Poets of BC (Mother Tongue Publishing).


Yes, we will have our Open Mic segment at this reading, but because we have three featured poets we will have to shorten Open Mic.  So if you want a chance to deliver one of your best poems, get there early. See as many of you as possible at Poets Corner on Wednesday, March 21.  We’re underway at 7:30 p.m.

FINISHED! Poetry Reading on Wednesday March 21 at 7:30 p.m.

If you are not on our newsletter subscribers’ list, you missed an important update on what’s been happening with our poetry reading series. Poetic Justice has morphed into Poets Corner and LOTS has happened.  If you’re not already on our mailing list, subscribe to the newsletter through the box on the right, and we’ll send you the most recent issue.

Before we share more about this month’s featured poets, a quick word about the hugely successful themed reading that took place last October.  That 70s Show featured five very talented poets who all turned 70 in 2017. Each was asked to read one poem from each of their five decades of writing. Wow, what a spectrum of work! Sixty-five poetry fans got to enjoy the depth and breadth of a combined 250 years of writing.

Five B.C. poets who turned 70 in 2017.

That 70s Show: Five Poets Turning 70 in 2017. Left-Right: Hannah Main-van der Kamp, Heidi Greco, Susan McCaslin, Kate Braid, and Tom Konyves. (October 22, 2017)

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Now that we’re back on track, the very first reading under our new name and equally new host venue is only days away. And we’re delighted to have two very interesting and talented writers joining us. Here’s a little more about each of them.

March’s First Featured Poet

Photo of Carl Hare, author of the trilogy, On the River of Time.

Carl Hare

In his long career, Carl Hare  has been a professor, actor, director, playwright, and poet.  Apart from Odysseus, the first in his trilogy, published in 2017, his most recent work includes performances of his play, The Eagle and the Tiger and his adaptation of Ibsen’s John Gabriel Borkman, the setting of six of his children’s poems to music by Canadian composer Malcolm Forsyth; a commissioned poem for Forsyth’s A Ballad of Canada, performed by the National Arts Centre orchestra; and A Weathering of Years, a collection of poetry published in 2015.  Spenser, Book Two of On the River of Time, is now being launched and copies will be available at the reading.

March’s Second Featured Poet

Photograph of poet, Marguerite Pigeon.

Marguerite Pigeon

Marguerite Pigeon is the author of three books. Her first poetry collection, Inventory, was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Award, and her short story collection, Some Extremely Boring Drives, was nominated for a ReLit Award. Marguerite is currently at work completing a book-length poem about fashion, called The Endless Garment: A pocket epic, from which she has recently published three chapbooks. These include My Model Poem, from Nomados Press, and What I’m Wearing Now, from the Alfred Gustav Press. Originally from Blind River, Ontario, Marguerite currently lives in Vancouver.



Oh, there will be an Open Mic segment at this reading, so if you want a chance to deliver one of your best poems, get there early. And thank you for bearing with us through this big change-over!  See you all at the Poets Corner inaugural reading on Wednesday, March 21.  We’re underway at 7:30 p.m.

FINISHED! Breaking News…Our Reading Series is Relocating!

Before we share more about the exciting news, let us not forget what a fine reading we enjoyed at this month’s reading.  Husband and wife duo, John Pass and Theresa Kishkan, both delivered emotionally charged and thought-provoking readings.  What has turned out to be our last reading in New Westminster was a fitting tribute by two talented writers.

Breaking Bad — or Breaking Good — News?

After seven years in the Royal City, the Poetic Justice poetry reading series is relocating to the Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library.  The news is exciting, but it is also tinged with the ‘eternal note of sadness’ (thanks, Matthew Arnold).

No poetry reading series in Metro Vancouver brings more poets to the microphone than Poetic Justice. Since 2010, emerging and established poets from as far east as the Maritimes and as far south as California have appeared at our reading series.  Venues have changed over the years but the series remains vibrant.  And now the tradition of showcasing the best poets moves to our newest and most prestigious venue.  For more details on the relocation, check out our press release.

October’s Upcoming Reading

The VPL would like to see some themed readings mixed in with the series’ regular format.  Normally two featured poets are preceded by an open mic segment .  But the timing of the request is perfect.  Poetic Justice had been planning to host a few themed readings in the next few months.

So to kick off our inaugural reading at the Central Branch, Poetic Justice is presenting That 70s Show.  This will be a themed reading where five much-loved B.C. poets celebrate turning 70 this year.  Here’s the very first poster of what we hope will be many more that publicize our readings at the VPL.Please do your best to spread the news about our inaugural reading in downtown Vancouver!  And don’t forget to circle the date on your calendar.  We’d love to see you there on Sunday, October 22.

FINISHED! Poetry Reading on Sunday September 17 at 11:30 a.m.

You missed a damn fine poetry reading last month — except of course those who were at our fabulous August reading. Featured poets Aislinn Hunter and Geoffrey Nilson served up humour, stuffed animals (the taxidermist’s), and poetry that moved one to an ever deeper reflection. And the Open Mic readers were exceptional, too.

Featured Poets Aislinn Hunter and Geoffrey Nilson at the August poetry reading for Poetic Justice.

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Geoffrey Chaucer once said, ‘The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne’. He certainly wasn’t talking about next month’s featured poets, John Pass and Theresa Kishkan. It isn’t often you find two talented and prolific writers under the same roof. They will soon be celebrating 38 years of marriage, and have published almost as many volumes of literature between them.  They have certainly mastered their writing craft and published much in their long time together.

September’s First Featured Poet, Novelist and Essayist

Theresa Kishkan

Theresa Kishkan is the author of 12 books of poetry, fiction, and literary non-fiction, most recently the essay collection, Euclid’s Orchard (Mother Tongue Publishing, 2017), and the novellas Patrin (Mother Tongue Publishing, 2015) and Winter Wren (Fish Gotta Swim Editions, 2016). Her books have been nominated for many prizes, including the Pushcart Prize (twice), the Ethel Wilson Prize, the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize (twice), several National Magazine awards, and the ReLit Award. Phantom Limb (Thistledown, 2007) received the Canadian Creative Non-Fiction Collective’s inaugural Readers’ Choice Award and “Arbutus menziesii: Makeup Secrets of the Byzantine Madonnas” won the Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest in 2010. The French translation of Patrin, titled Courtepointe, will be released by Marchand des feuilles in 2018. She lives with her husband John Pass on the Sechelt Peninsula.

September’s Second Featured Poet

Poet John Pass

John Pass

John Pass’s poems have appeared in 19 books and chapbooks in Canada, and in magazines in the US, the UK, Ireland and the Czech Republic. He won the Governor General’s Award for Poetry in 2006 for Stumbling in the Bloom and the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize (BC Book Award) in 2012 for crawlspace. His latest book is Forecast: Selected Early Poems 1970 – 1990 (Harbour 2015). Last year ‘Margined Burying Beetle’ from a new sequence, “Creation of the Animals” won the Malaspina Review’s Open Season Award.


If you want a spot on the Open Mic list, get there early. See you all at the Poetic Justice poetry reading on Sunday, September 17.  We’re underway at 11:30 a.m.

FINISHED! Poetry Reading on Sunday August 20 at 11:30 a.m.

Well, that was something!  July’s poetry reading was a significant moment in West Coast CanLit history.  Reuniting Brian Brett and Allan Safarik after more than twenty years was special. Poetic Justice was honoured to be the host venue that brought them together.

Brian Brett and Allan Safarik, featured poets at Poetic Justice July 2017 poety reading

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Writing talent isn’t the private preserve of authors who have been at it for some time. Good writing (and good poetry in particular) can also be the product of the younger crowd.  August’s poetry reading is just such an example when Aislinn Hunter and Geoffrey Nilson step up to the microphone at Poetic Justice.

New Westminster’s own Geoffrey Nilson is a high-risk wordsmith, much like his predecessor, bpNichol. Geoff will be joined by his good friend, multi-award-winning poet and novelist, Aislinn Hunter.

August’s First Feature Poet

Aislinn Hunter, featured poet at Poetic Justice August 2017 poety reading

Aislinn Hunter

AISLINN HUNTER is an award-winning poet and novelist and the author of seven highly acclaimed books. Her most recent novel, The World Before Us, won the 2015 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and was a New York Times Editor’s Choice Book. Her third book of poetry Linger, Still was published this spring with Gaspereau Press. She teaches creative writing part-time at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and has held writer-in-residence positions in the UK, Australia and in Canada. She lives in North Vancouver, BC.

August’s Second Feature Poet

Geoffrey Nilson, featured poet at Poetic Justice August 2017 poety reading

Geoffrey Nilson

GEOFFREY NILSON is the author of four chapbooks, the most recent, In my ear continuously like a stream, forthcoming in Fall 2017 from above/ground press. Nilson’s poems and essays have appeared widely in Canada and internationally including in Poetry is Dead, Event, Lemon Hound, The Rusty Toque and CV2. Nilson is a contributing editor for Arc Poetry and holds a BA in Creative Writing from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. He lives in New Westminster with his daughter on the unceded territories of the Qayqayt and Musqueam First Nations.



If you want a spot on the Open Mic list, get there early. See you all at the Poetic Justice poetry reading on Sunday, August 20.  We’re underway at 11:30 a.m.

FINISHED! Poetry Reading on Sunday July 16 at 11:30 a.m.

June’s reading brought together two poets with very different Mennonite backgrounds. Yet each eloquently demonstrated how place and upbringing can so deeply inform good poetry. Patrick Friesen and Connie Braun both gave a stirring poetry reading, showing us how insightful, thought-provoking and heart-stirring poetry — good poetry — can be.

Poetry reading at Poetic Justice in June, 2017

Patrick Friesen and Connie Braun, flanked by hosts Aidan Chafe and James Felton

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Seldom do we get the chance to reunite poets who once shared a working life together. In the 70s, Brian Brett and Allan Safarik started a literary magazine called Blackfish. The periodical soon morphed into Blackfish Press, proclaiming to publish poets without government funding.

Poetic Justice is proud to reunite after many years these two icons of West Coast poetry and publishing. Make sure you don’t miss what will surely be a special occasion. All we can say is you have to be at our poetry reading on Sunday, July 16. Here’s more about both these iconic publishers and writers.

July’s First Featured Poet

Brian Brett, featured poet at Poetic Justice poetry reading in July, 2017

Brian Brett

Brian Brett, former chair of the Writers’ Union of Canada and a journalist for four decades, is best known as a poet, memoirist and ficton writer. He is the author of thirteen books including his memoir, Uproar’s Your Only Music, which was a Globe & Mail Book of the Year selection. Trauma Farm: A Rebel History of Rural Life, won numerous prizes, including the Writers’ Trust annual award for non-fiction. To Your Scattered Bodies Go won the CBC poetry prize in 2011. A collection of poems, The Wind River Variations, was released in 2014. And the final book in his trilogy of memoirs, Tuco, was published in 2015 and was awarded the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize. He was also the 2016 recipient of the Writers’ Trust Matt Cohen Award for Lifetime Achievement.

July’s Second Featured Poet

Allan Safarik, featured poet at Poetic Justice July 2017 poety reading

Allan Safarik

Allan Safarik is a prolific writer and editor in several genres. Born in Vancouver and raised in North Burnaby, he currently lives in the historic Jacoby House in Dundurn, Saskatchewan on the Louis Riel Trail and teaches Imaginative Writing at St. Peter’s College in Muenster. Safarik’s work is connected to two different regions: the West Coast of Canada and the Canadian Prairies. He is the author of sixteen books of poetry including When Light Falls From The Sun, winner of the Saskatchewan Book Award for Poetry in 2005. Notes From the Outside ~ Episodes from an Unconventional Life won the John Hicks Literary Non-Fiction Award in 2003. He collaborated with his father Norman to produce Bluebacks and Silver Brights (2012) an acclaimed eco-memoir about the Pacific Coast fisheries. Safarik’s historical novel, Swedes’ Ferry, 2013 has remained on the McNally Robinson fiction best-seller list for the past four years.

Remember if you want a spot on the Open Mic list, get there early. At the last reading we had to disappoint a few of you. Those who missed out in June are given the chance to go first at July’s reading. But you have to be on time. See you all on Sunday, July 16.  We’re underway at 11:30 a.m.

FINISHED! Father’s Day, Sunday June 18 at 11:30 a.m.

What a fabulous reading we had on May 21st. Engaging, humorous, profound, uplifting. All of these and more. Griffin Poetry Prize Winner Jane Munro and Griffin Finalist Ian Williams delivered some of their most inspiring and exquisite poems to a receptive and appreciative audience.

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On Sunday, June 18 Poetic Justice will be hosting two more poetic talents. Yes, it’s Father’s Day, so why not bring Dad along and feed him some pizza and poetry? Yet another Griffin Poetry Prize Finalist (and a Governor General’s Award Finalist too) will be joining us, along with one of the brightest new poets the West Coast has seen in a while. Patrick Friesen will be here with one of his biggest fans and a talent in her own right, Connie Braun.

Here’s more about both of them.

Patrick Friesen

Patrick Friesen has published more than a dozen books of poetry, a book of essays and, with P. K. Brask, co-translations of several Danish poets, including Ulrikka Gernes’ Frayed Opus for Strings & Wind Instruments which was short-listed for the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize. Friesen has also written stage and radio plays, text for dance, and has recorded two CDs of spoken word and improv music with Marilyn Lerner. His upcoming play, a short history of crazy bone, will be produced by Theatre Projects Manitoba in 2018.



Connie Braun

Connie T. Braun
(BA, MA, MFA) is an author and instructor of Creative Writing. Her writing often focuses on narrative as witness and the life affirming poetics of memory. She has published a memoir, The Steppes are the Colour of Sepia (Ronsdale Press, 2008), a collection of poetry, Unspoken: An Inheritance of Words (Fern Hill Publications, 2016), along with reviews for various publications. Her academic and personal essays and poetry appear in journals and anthologies with two forthcoming publications, a chapbook Narrow Passageways (Alfred Gustav Press, 2017) and a collection of essays Silentium: & other reflections on Memory, Sorrow, Place and the Sacred (Wipf and Stock). She is an associate member of the League of Canadian Poets, a member of the Canadian Author’s Association and has served on boards for the arts and writing, including Prism International and Image Journal. She lives in Vancouver.


Remember if you want a spot on the Open Mic list, make sure you arrive on time. At the last reading we had to disappoint a few of you. Those who missed out in May will be given the chance to go first at June’s reading — but you have to be punctual. See you all on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 18.  We’re underway at 11:30 a.m.





FINISHED! Poetry Reading on Sunday, May 21 at 11:30 a.m.

Well, the Easter Bunny was there and so were the die-hard fans of our two awesome featured poets. Old friends Penn Kemp and Sharon Thesen showed why they are among Canada’s top poets with exceptional readings from their recent publications. Penn sported a beautiful shade of purple around her left eye after taking a tumble the day before. She’s such a trooper for still coming through to deliver a wonderful reading.

Flanked by hosts Linda Holmes & James Felton, poets Sharon Thesen & Penn Kemp.

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On Sunday, May 21 Poetic Justice is honoured to have the 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize winner as one of our two featured poets. If you haven’t heard or read Jane Munro’s work, you’re in for a special treat. Jane will be joined by Ian Williams, one of her biggest fans; in fact, they have a mutual admiration for each other’s work. Ian is relatively new to the West Coast but certainly not new to poetry.

Here’s more about both of them.

Jane Munro

Jane Munro’s sixth poetry collection Blue Sonoma (Brick Books, 2014) won the 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize. Her previous books include Active Pass (Pedlar Press, 2010) and Point No Point (McClelland & Stewart, 2006). Her work has received the Bliss Carman Poetry Award, the Macmillan Prize for Poetry, was nominated for the Pat Lowther Award and is included in The Best Canadian Poetry 2013. She is a member of the collaborative poetry group Yoko’s Dogs who have published Whisk and Rhinoceros. Jane lives in Vancouver.

Ian Williams (courtesy John Jones)




Ian Williams is the author of Personals, which was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize; also Not Anyone’s Anything, the winner of the Danuta Gleed Literary Award for the best first collection of short fiction in Canada; and You Know Who You Are. Ian was named as one of ten Canadian writers to watch by CBC.  He teaches poetry at UBC. His first novel, Reproduction, is forthcoming from Random House.


So mark your calendars for Sunday May 21. We get underway at 11:30am. Come early so you can register for open mic and place your food & beverage order. See you for brunch with items starting at $10!


FINISHED! Poetry Reading on Easter Sunday, April 16 at 11:30 a.m.

What a delight it was to have the birthday girl read for us! Bernice Lever turned 81 the day of her poetry reading at Poetic Justice. She shared some of the entries from her most recent poetry collection, Small Acts. And she was joined by the much-revered Russell Thornton who delivered some scintillating poems from his upcoming manuscript,  The Terrible Appearances, as well as a requested favourite, “Lemon Groves”.

poetry reading at Poetic Justice

We also discovered that at age 19, Russell Thornton sent one of his first-ever poems to the founder and editor of Waves magazine, none other than Bernice Lever! 

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April’s poetry reading is on Easter Sunday and it’s going to be a blast. Maybe the Easter Bunny will be there as well. Here’s why. Both our featured poets are from out of town but neither is a stranger to the Vancouver writing scene. Penn Kemp is London, Ontario’s first Poet Laureate and Sharon Thesen lives in the Okanagan. And here’s more about both of them.

poetry reading at Poetic Justice

Penn Kemp

Penn Kemp, M.Ed., is delighted to return to Poetic Justice!  Activist poet, performer and playwright, Penn is a League of Canadian Poets Life Member and winner of their 2015 Spoken Word Artist of the Year award.  She is the inaugural Poet Laureate for London, Ontario.  As Writer-in-Residence for Western University, her project was the DVD, Luminous Entrance. Her new plays are available on the Playwrights Guild of Canada website.

Other recent works are Barbaric Cultural Practice (Quattro, 2016) and two anthologies, Women and Multimedia and Performing Women as well as Dream Sequins, Lyrical Myrical Press, and Jack Layton: Art in Action, which she edited for Quattro Books, Toronto. Her first poetry collection, Bearing Down (Coach House Press), appeared in 1972. She also edited the first collection of women’s poetry in Canada when she guest-edited Issue No. 14 of Is magazine in 1973.  Since then, Penn has published thirty books and has had six of her plays produced.

poetry reading at Poetic Justice

Sharon Thesen

Sharon Thesen lives in the Okanagan’s Lake Country, and is Professor Emeritus of Creative Writing at UBC’s Okanagan campus.  She is a BC-based poet, editor, critic, and teacher who has published nine books of poetry, most recently The Good Bacteria (2009) and Oyama Pink Shale (2011) both with House of Anansi Press.  She has also edited two editions of The New Long Poem Anthology and was an editor at The CapilanoReview and co-editor of Lake: A Journal of Arts and Environment.

A winner of the Pat Lowther Award, she has also been a three-time finalist for the Governor-General’s Award and a frequent finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Award.  In 2002, she was a jury member of the prestigious Griffin Poetry Prize.  She currently writes journalistic essays for the online magazine Dispatches, and continues to teach poetry workshops and facilitate readings and events in Kelowna.  Her current poetry manuscript is titled Eternal City of the West.

So join us and hear from two writers who have not been carving but excavating literary history in Canada. Their reputations have already made it to the top-most bookshelf. It’s likely this will be a poetry reading you’ll remember for a while.

So mark your calendars for Sunday April 16. Remember we get underway at 11:30am. Come early so you can register for open mic and place your food & beverage order. See you for brunch with items starting at $10!