James Felton, Manager

As the Founder and Manager of Poets Corner, James Felton has clung to poetry like it was his security blanket. He doesn’t write poetry, but he has been a poetry ‘apostle’ since the early eighties. He majored in English and completed his undergraduate thesis on the Canadian poet, P.K. Page. He is currently amassing an annotated and illustrated bibliography of West Coast poet, Susan Musgrave. James has been a book collector and now bookseller, specializing in Canadian literature first editions.


Franci Louann, Open Mic Host

Co-founder of Poetic Justice (Poets Corner’s predecessor), Franci Louann has had poetry published since the 70s. She was first anthologized in Dorothy Livesay’s iconic Woman’s Eye: 12 B.C. Poets (Air: 1974). Lipstick Press published her Beach Cardiology in 2010. Franci is the recipient of poetry prizes from Pandora’s Collective, the Burnaby Writers’ Society, and the Surrey International Writers’ Conference. An accomplished poet, Franci has also been honoured for her volunteer work by several writing groups.


Bill Arnott ~ Social Media Coordinator

Vancouver author, poet and songwriter Bill Arnott has written and published several nonfiction books, from personal development to humorous travel literature. His most recent are Dromomania: A Wonderful Magical Journey and Gone Viking: A Travel Saga. Book sales have generated charitable donations to Make-A-Wish Foundation and Saint James Music Academy. Bill’s delivered original poetry, music and spoken word readings at events across Canada including Poets Corner, Pandora’s Collective and the Downtown Eastside Writers’ Collective in addition to performances in the UK and St Ives Literature Festival. His poetry is published in The League of Canadian Poets Tree Anthology Heartwood: Poems for the Love of Trees. Bill feels privileged to be part of Poets Corner.

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John Swanson, Co-Host

John Swanson graduated from UBC with a degree in English. He started writing poetry in the early 70’s as a member of the SeeSite poetry and photography collective. After a long hiatus he began writing again in 2008. He attended the Writing with Style program with Roo Borson at the Banff Centre for the Arts and has taken poetry workshops at both UBC and SFU.  His poems have appeared in The Titmouse Review and The Maynard and he is working on a draft of a book of his poems and photographs.  John lives in and wanders the streets of East Vancouver.



Linda Holmes, Open Mic Alumna and Occasional Host

Linda Holmes is an arts fanatic — whether performing, visual or literary. A retired teacher and research assistant, she is a lover of the Beat Poets. This has led to her writing and performing her own poetry. These days, however, she is garnering even more attention and interest through her multimedia visual art work on canvas and papier maché. She has been the friendly face of the Poetic Justice (Poets Corner’s predecessor) Open Mic segment at our past readings.