Monday, December 8, 2014

From Eyewear Publishing - Poet's Quest for God

Coming in Spring 2015 - pre-order now. Books will be sent as soon as they are printed.

A major anthology of work from top poets from around the world, the first to explore religion from the perspectives of all faiths and none – so that atheists share space with believers. A beautifully presented gift book, perfect for dipping into in meditative and reflective moments

Containing poems from world-renowned poets of all faiths and none from America, Britain, and beyond, including Andrew Motion, Rowan Williams, Ian Duhig, Rae Armantrout, Fanny Howe, Charles Bernstein, and over 200 others, this is the first anthology to place atheist poets side by side with those from all major religions. Faith, doubt and wonder are explored, providing guidance, solace and spiritual inspiration. Introduced by Professor Ewan Fernie, a leading scholar of demonology and religion, this is a perfect book to be visited again and again. Eyewear Publishing’s first poetry anthology, it is a wonderfully curated collection of questions and answers for everyone to enjoy.


How does a person of faith live in a world where science offers so many answers to questions previously unfathomable? How does a person of no faith reconcile with the possibility that our bodies are, after all but a brief wind of fabulously compatible atoms? Can there there still be spirituality in a world without faith? Are the world, the landscape, the chaotic details of life more or less wonderful with or without religion? It is not the purpose of this anthology to gesticulate towards either a secularist or a religious doctrine as the preferred way of living. Instead it is interested in the variety of the poetic response that such a fascinating dialogue offers. Indeed, if one of poetry’s main capabilities, with its gifts of language, is to pick apart the fabric of the world, of the reality which we pervade, then what better form of response can there be to such questions, than a poem that wonders aloud about the ultimate nature of things?

Friday, September 19, 2014

Matrix Magazine: Robert Kroetsch Award

Matrix Magazine are thrilled to have Karen Solie as their judge for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry! Karen is a Griffin Prize-winning poet who recently released her Selected Poems in the United Kingdom. She is one of Canada's greatest living poets and we are so lucky to be working with her.
The winner of the Robert Kroetsch Award wins a trade paperback publishing contract, a 500 dollar advance, and has their book published and distributed by one of North America's most respected literary presses. The Robert Kroetsch Award is without a doubt the best opportunity for emerging poets in Canada!
Invisible Publishing and Matrix Magazine are pleased to bring you the 2015 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry.
The prize is awarded annually to the best poetry manuscript by an emerging Canadian writer (a writer who has published two books or fewer). Each year the winning manuscript is selected by an established poet in co-operation with Matrix Magazine and Invisible Publishing's Snare Imprint.
About Karen Solie:
Karen Solie’s most recent collection of poems, Pigeon, won the 2010 Griffin Poetry Prize. Her first collection of poems, Short Haul Engine, won the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and was shortlisted for the 2002 Griffin Poetry Prize, the ReLit and the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Her second, Modern and Normal, was shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. Her poetry, fiction and non-fiction have appeared in numerous North American journals. She is a native of Saskatchewan and now lives in Toronto.
The deadline is January 31, 2015.
Entries can be submitted through Matrix Magazine's Submittable site.
Each entry must be accompanied with a business size SASE and an entry fee for $30.00 Canadian. Please make all cheques and money orders payable to “Matrix Publications.” No cash please.
Or if you prefer to use PAYPAL, you may send you manuscript electronically to and send your payment via PAYPAL at Matrix's Robert Kroetsch Award Page.
Alternatively, you may send manuscripts to:
The Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry 

Invisible Publishing's Snare Imprint 

c/o Matrix Magazine / 
1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W. LB 658
 Montreal QC / H3G 1M8

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Have You Started Writing Your Memoirs Yet? with Naomi Beth Wakan

At Word Vancouver, Sunday, September, September 28
“Writing Talks,” in the Peter Kaye Room, Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch

1:10 pm Have You Started Writing Your Memoirs Yet? with Naomi Beth Wakan

We welcome Naomi Beth Wakan back again to Word Vancouver. In this presentation, Naomi will give you the encouragement you need to begin writing your memoirs. You will find your memories flowing, and she will provide you with some ideas about how to give them shape when you do start recording them.

An essayist and the inaugural poet laureate of Nanaimo, Naomi has been facilitating memoir-writing workshops for some years. She is particularly skilled in helping bring memories to light and to life. Join Naomi for a fun-filled hour of regression and nostalgia.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

September is Pop-Up Poetry Month!

September is Pop-Up Poetry Month!

Poetry Gabriola is proud to announce

Monday, September 1st   - IAN FERRIER - it was a full house!

Friday, September 19th – EVALYN PARRY with BILLEH NICKERSON

Saturday, September 20th – SUSAN MUSGRAVE & STEPHEN REID

Saturday, September 27th – JEM ROLLS


On Friday, September 19th, the innovative and award-winning Toronto artist EVALYN PARRY takes her audience on an uncommon theatrical and musical journey in SPIN, her tour-de-force performance celebrating the bicycle as muse, musical instrument, and agent of social change.

Inspired in part by the incredible true tale of Annie Londonderry – the first woman to ride around the world on a bicycle in 1894 – Parry spins a web of stories which travel from 19th century women’s emancipation to 21st century consumer culture, peeling back layers of history to ultimately reveal a profoundly contemporary and personal heart to her theme of liberation.

Parry’s co-star is a vintage bicycle: suspended in a mechanic’s stand on stage, and outfitted with electronic pick-ups, the bike is played by percussionist Brad Hart, who conjures an astonishing array of sounds on his “iron horse”, creating a richly textured and utterly unique sonic accompaniment to Parry’s songs and monologues. Learn more about Evalyn and SPIN at .


Opening for SPIN is Vancouver poet and humorist, BILLEH NICKERSON. Author of The Asthmatic Glassblower, McPoems, and Impact: The Titanic Poems and Artificial Cherry, Billeh is a poignant and hilarious performer. He is co-editor of Seminal: The Anthology of Canada’s Gay Male Poets, a silver medalist at the Canadian Gay Curling Championships, and chair of the Creative Writing Department at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Learn about Billeh at

SPIN by Evalyn Parry, with Billeh Nickerson

At the Gabriola Golf Club, 825 South Rd

7:00pm. Show is 70 minutes.

Tickets $15 at the door, or online at, or call 247-0117


hold still steve

In this rare appearance, poet - novelist Susan Musgrave and writer- felon Stephen Reid will be reading together. They will also each be hosting a writing workshop on Sunday (space is limited so sign-up early).

When convicted bank robber Stephen Reid won the $5,000 City of Victoria’s Butler Book Prize in 2013 for A Crowbar In The Buddhist Garden, he told his wife, Susan Musgrave, that it was his “best jury decision ever.”

Stephen Reid wrote his first book, Jackrabbit Parole, during a 21-year prison sentence for bank robbery, and married his writing mentor, Susan Musgrave, in Kent Institution in 1986. Upon his release, he worked in the field of restorative justice and was a celebrated writer and creative writing teacher until 1999, when he was sentenced to a further 18 years in prison for a bank robbery in Victoria, after a prolonged bout with heroin and cocaine addiction. He was released on day parole in February, 2014 and is currently working on a second play, Heroin Elvis.

Susan Musgrave has published 30 books and been short-listed four times for the Governor General’s Award, most recently for Origami Dove, a collection of poetry published by McClelland and Stewart. Last year she won the Lush Triumphant Award for a series of poems entitled “The Goodness of this World” about her daughter’s heroin addiction.

In 2012 she won the Spirit Bear Award — a tribute that recognizes the significance of a vital and enduring contribution to the poetry of the Pacific Northwest. “Her artistic presence over the past 40 years has helped create who we are,” wrote Patrick Lane. “She is as important to us as Emily Carr.”

Her latest novel is Given, a sequel to the national bestseller, Cargo of Orchids. She lives on Haida Gwaii, where she owns and manages Copper Beech Guest House, and teaches poetry in UBC’s Optional Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing. Haida Gwaii: Foraging and Feasting at the Edge of the World will be published in the spring of 2015 by Whitecap.

At the Netloft. 1960 Murray Road.


Tickets $15 at the door, or online at or call 247-0117


At the Poetry Yurt at the Commons.


The boundaries between genres are blurred these days.  Creative writing must keep leaping genre lines, in its search for new sources of energy and inspiration. Certain skills are generally useful whether your interest lies in poetry, journal writing, plays, novels with plot, character and dialogue, or imaginative personal essays. As we explore what it means to work as a poet, a novelist, a writer of children’s stories or creative non-fiction, you may well discover talents you never knew you had.

Objectives: The exercises and writing practice we do in this workshop, and the constructive feedback you will receive, will make you a better, more creative writer, no matter what kind of writing you do.

10:00am. $35. Please register early.


This workshop is a series of exercises designed to get you writing from experience, not about it, and writing about what matters to you.

2:00pm  $35 Please register early.

To register, email or call 247-0117. Space is limited.


jem rollsOriginally from the UK, performance poet Jem Rolls makes a living solely by shouting. He sells nothing – no books, CDs, ideology or merchandise of any kind. A ranter of the highest order, Jem broke out with his hit poetry cabaret at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1996, hit the Canadian fringe circuit a few years later, and now performs more than 60 shows a year. A self-described nomad, Rolls continues to amuse and amaze from coast to coast with his mesmerizing, high-energy presence and powerful wordplay. He explores the human condition in all its perplexing complexity, in language that ranges from euphonious to nerve-jangling. Jem will be performing some of his classic rants as well excerpts from his latest show, Attacks the Silence.


May thanks to the Quebec Writers’ Guild for sponsoring Ian Ferrier’s appearance, and to the League of Canadian Poets for sponsoring Billeh Nickerson’s reading. Also to Brenda Gaertner and the Netloft.

The Pop-Up Poetry Weekend was made possible by local sponsors who contributed to the Poetry Gabriola Fundraising event at the Old Crow on May 3. Poetry Gabriola sincerely thanks everyone who attended and donated to that event, with special thanks to:

The Old Crow
Gulf Islands
Cobb's Bakery
Alexa Boulton and Somerset Farms
Alex Varty
Erin Ok
Kathleen Miniely
New Society Press
Lipstick Press
Gabriola Dance & Pilates
D'Ance Glassworks
The Gabriola Arts Council
Susan Yates
Tuning In Wellness
Tammy Waibel
Mike Richards, Karyokashin Karate
Tim Harrison
Aleks Brozrozwski
The extraordinary CR Avery
… and to all our readers and volunteers (and anyone we may have missed) a very special THANK YOU.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Poetry That Heals - Naomi Beth Wakan

"Poetry That Heals” is a journey taken by essayist and poet, Naomi Beth Wakan. It is not a physical journey but a journey over thirty years of poetry writing during which her writing affected shifts in her personality. The sense-focused haiku, the feeling and intellectual qualities of tanka and the community-feeling of writing renku (poetry writing by a group of poets) all worked to first ground her in nature, then open her to deep feelings and help her mature a philosophy for her life and finally encourage an intuitive trust in living in community on her small island of Gabriola. A poetry journey that was physical, intellectual and psychological. As she explains, “poetry that heals.”

Nanaimo’s Poet Laureate, Naomi Beth Wakan, brings to us a wonderful dimension of Japanese poetic forms through the lens of how they have changed her inner life. From allowing us to set emotions aside through being-in–the-moment haiku, to its open expression in tanka, to the sharing with another individual in response tanka, and with the community in renku, we are taken on a movingly illustrated journey of the healing powers of poetry. The beautiful photographs by Elias Wakan that accompany the text capture ordinary moments that are suddenly timeless and take your breath, like visual haiku. Pamela J. Asquith, Professor of Anthropology, University of Alberta

In this delightful book, Naomi Beth Wakan takes us on a lighthearted but informative walk through the world of Japanese poetry. For her, writing Japanese poetry, from haiku through senryu and tanka to renku, has released a liberating and healing impulse, indeed changing her life. I learned much from this book, both about the principles guiding these art forms and the discipline derived from writing them. I recommend this book to all with an interest in the therapeutic power of poetry. Gary D Prideaux, Professor Emeritus of Linguistics, University of Alberta

In this inspired memoir, Naomi Beth Wakan’s exuberance is palpable on every page as she leads us on a journey through the realms of haikai (haiku and its related genres). Along the way we encounter many of the often controversial “rules” that attend the various forms. Naomi has considered the importance of these tenets without becoming ensnared. With resolve, and what Buddhism terms “the way-seeking mind,” she has reached the heart of what these forms, particularly haiku, have to offer: a deep and abiding appreciation for this ephemeral moment, an appreciation that transcends the written word. For Naomi, the journey has been both joyous and cathartic. By sharing her insights she encourages us to discover for ourselves the gifts of haikai. Christopher Herold, founding editor of The Heron‘s Nest

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Poetry Gabriola Society invites you to their AGM

Annual General Meeting

When: August 25,2014, 7PM
Where: The Poetry Yurt
(nestled in the trees in the Gabriola Commons)

Everyone Welcome

Poetry Gabriola Society Open Mic returns

Image: Ed Berg

When? Saturday, August 16th - 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Each performer will have 5 minutes and a great audience!!! 
sign-up in advance by sending an email to; spontaneous sign-up is okay, too!!

And afterwards, enjoy the musical stylings of the Gulf Island Stompers and BC Circus before taking in "Holmes and Watson Save the Empire"... what a great way to spend a Saturday evening!!!!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Mary Ann Moore and Creative Power

"Writing on one’s own is good medicine and creating in a circle offers support for the writing journey. The circle offers structure to allow people a feeling of safety. There’s an intentional beginning, agreements, inspiration from poets and writers, including those present in the circle, sharing and reflection, and an intentional closing." Mary Ann Moore

Read more on Mary Ann's blog A Poet's Nanaimo.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Monday, June 9, 2014

Poetry Gabriola presents Young Poets

Ms. Peacock's Grade 6 & 7 Students
at The Old Crow Cafe
June 19, 7 - 8 pm
followed by Open Mic 8 - 9 pm
further information: or

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Poetry Gabriola: Christine Smart

Third Thursday Open Mic presents
featured poet 
May 15, 7 – 9 pm

Open Mic at 7, reading at 7:30, followed by a writing exercise to juice up your creativity (bring notepaper and pencil).

 Admission: by donation.

Christine Smart, a Saltspring islander since 1989, was born in Shawville, Quebec, graduated from Queen's University with a B.Sc.N. (1976) and from UVic in Fine Arts, Writing (1997).  

The White Crow is her latest collection of poetry published in 2013 by Hedgerow Press. Her first book, Decked and Dancing, won the Acorn-Plantos People’s Poet Award in 2007. 

Info: or

Poetry Gabriola gratefully acknowledges support from The League of Canadian Poets and Canada Council of the Arts

Friday, April 25, 2014

Lulu Performing Arts presents Big Fish Music Festival

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Lulu Performing Arts is pleased to announce an event of enormous scale:

The festival is to held right here in our own pond from Sunday, May 4th to Saturday May 10th. The event is a good-natured celebration of all things musical and includes concerts in the classical, roots, and jazz genres, workshop presentations in songwriting, drumming, and ergonomic exercises for musicians, and a lively country dance.

Here’s how the catch weighs in!

Sunday, May 4, 7:30 PM, the Phoenix Theatre: The Tower Of Song, a creative celebration of the music of Leonard Cohen presented by acclaimed B.C. singer/songwriters Oliver Swain and Glenna Garramone backed by Corbin Keep (a former Gabriolan) on ‘cello.

Monday, May 5, 7:30 PM, the Old Crow Café: The Old Crow Music Circle Returns! A Froggy Day in Gabriola Town….with host Tim Harrison. An evening of sharing featuring all genres and styles of music performed by hobbyists, learners, and professionals.

Tuesday, May 6, 3:00 PM, The Phoenix Auditorium: Drum(fish) A drum circle and rhythm workshop hosted by renown Gabriolan drummer Voodoo Dave McGrath. All drummers and audience welcome.

Tuesday, May 6, 7:30 PM, The Phoenix Auditorium: The Big Choral Riff: A community sing backed by choir with hosts Tina Jones and Leah Hokanson.

Wednesday, May 7, 3:00 PM, The Phoenix Auditorium: Trolling For Tunes: A songwriting workshop led by Gary Fjellgaard and including Nathan Tinkham, Alison Humphries, and Tim Harrison. People are invited to come along and ask any questions about songwriting from what is the inspiration for the writing to how to give a song structure.

Wednesday, May 7, 7:30 PM, The Phoenix Auditorium: In The Deep with classical pianist Michelle Mares who will be accompanied by special guests Suzanne Snizek on flute, and Elizabeth Lutz, soprano. Michelle returns to enthusiastic audiences here on Gabriola.

Thursday, May 8, 3:00 PM, The Agi Hall: Pilates and Feldenkrais for Performers. Something a little different for music festivals, a look at the ergonomics and physicality of musicianship. Hosted by Elizabeth Lutz (Pilates) and Gwen Spinks (Feldenkrais).

Thursday, May 8, 7:30 PM, The Old Crow Café: The Filet of Soul: Veteran jazz musicians Steve Smith and Dick Smith, together with French Horn wiz David Gray take us into the world of jazz classics with guest vocalists Rick Cranston, Tina Jones, Leah Hokanson, Tim Harrison and more. The Filet will be held in the intimate evening atmosphere of the Old Crow Café…come early for good seating.

Friday, May 9, 12:30 PM, Gabriola Elementary School. For the small fry and the small-fry-at-heart Gabriola’s nationally known, multi-award winning, high energy children’s entertainers: The Kerplunks!

Friday, May 9, 8:00 PM, The Gabriola Golf Club: Put On Your Tails: a country dance featuring the Nathan Tinkham Band. A veteran of the Ian Tyson band, Nathan is a fixture on the Vancouver Island music scene performing in stage shows, backing other singers and playing his unique solo show which often features the music of Wilf Carter. It’s time to put on your tails and swing your partner!

Saturday, May 10, 7:30 PM, The Phoenix Auditorium: The Second Annual Big Fish Fry – A gathering of Gabriola singers and musicians performing songs which “float their boat.” This year the Fry focuses on the songs which most inspire the artists involved, influenced their musical style, and inspired them to develop their music. This is a very rich evening of music and song including some of Gabriola’s favourite musicians including Gary Fjellgaard, Tina Jones, Dinah D., Steve Smith, Nathan Tinkham and more. Hosted by “The Formerly Famous,” A.K.A. Stevie B. and Roger Christie, it’s bound to be reel in the excitement
TICKETS: The Leonard Cohen Tribute, Michelle Mares, and The Big Fish Fry are $20.00 Adv. $25.00 at the door. The Country Dance is $12:00 Adv. $15:00 at the door. A special pass for all four events is $50.00 but numbers are limited. The Kerplunks concert is free, all other concerts and workshops are by donation with a suggestion of $10.00. Advance tickets available at the Village Liquor Store in the Gabriola Folk Life Village.

Friday, April 4, 2014

British Columbia Government to Proclaim April 9th BC Book Day

April 3rd, 2014 
(From The League of Canadian Poets)

The creative industries are hugely important to British Columbia's  economic well-being of which indigenous book publishing is a significant component. With global distribution in both print and digital formats, BC publishing brings our stories to the world. On April 9th the BC Legislature will celebrate the achievements of BC's publishing industry with a proclamation and an exhibition of BC-published books at the Parliament Buildings in Victoria.
BC Book Day will be an opportunity for MLAs and staff to meet the province's publishers, authors, writers' festivals directors, librarians and booksellers, and for all to mark the extent of the BC publishing industry's contribution to BC's economy and culture. The Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, will be in attendance and a Proclamation declaring April 9th as BC Book Day will be read in the Legislature before it goes into session.
BC publishers estimate that 80% of their titles are authored by residents of the province indicating a strong cultural impact. BC authors such as Douglas Coupland, Jack Hodgins, Lorna Crozier, Patrick Lane, Polly Horvath and Andrew Weaver are household names, not just in BC but across the country and internationally. BC-published books such as Richard Wagamese's Indian Horse, Angie Abdou's The Canterbury Trail and Wayson Choy's Jade Peony have all been contenders in CBC’s Canada Reads and Charlotte Gill's Eating Dirt, a book about tree planting in BC, was an international bestseller. Our books have won national and international recognition through awards such as the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General's Literary Awards, the IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards and the RBC Taylor Prize.
Association of Book Publishers of BC (ABPBC) members are located all across the province and produce books in all genres that reflect their region, BC, Canada and the world back to their readers. BC is the home to the largest Aboriginal publishing company in the country, Theytus Books, and one of the best and largest of children's houses, Orca Book Publishers. Companies such as Harbour Publishing, Douglas & McIntyre and Caitlin Press have long contributed to our regional knowledge. Both Arsenal Pulp Press and Anvil Press in Vancouver are urban presses that focus on contemporary topics. Older and newer companies like Oolichan Books in Fernie, Brindle & Glass in Victoria and Talon Books in Vancouver continue their traditions of excellence in literary publishing. The University of British Columbia Press has one of the largest academic programs in the country.
ABPBC publishers serve diverse communities: art lovers, business people, scholars, travellers, history buffs, foodies and gardeners, urban and rural dwellers, educators and kids, and book lovers everywhere. BC books are also translated in languages across the globe and sold in over 75 countries including the US, UK, Australia, Korea, France, Germany, Iran and China.
In recent years, the book industry has undergone enormous and sometimes challenging changes in the retail environment and in the digital realm. In the face of these changes the flexibility and tenacity of the industry and its leaders in BC have served the community well. BC publishers have grown export markets, found alternative sales venues and taken the lead in Canada in digital initiatives. Our ebooks are available on all commercial sites and in public and university libraries across the country. In the autumn of 2014, the ABPBC will launch a collection of 2,000 books in EPUB format for BC's public libraries; the collection will be the first of its kind in Canada. Print and electronic editions from BC can be found across the world bringing BC literature and culture to millions.
"The publishing community is appreciative of the Provincial Government's role in fostering our strong industry through the BC Arts Council and other measures including the newly created Creative BC" states Ruth Linka, President of the ABPBC, "We look forward to celebrating our successes with our partners in Government on April 9th, BC Book Day"
The ABPBC expects that BC Book Day will be repeated in future years so that communities in all parts of our province may share in the celebration of BC books and authors.
For more information, contact Margaret Reynolds, Executive Director, Association of Book Publishers of BC: or 604-684-0228.

Kerrie Waddington, Executive Assistant

Association of Book Publishers of BC
Suite 600-402 West Pender Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 1T6.
604. 684.0228
twitter @abpbc

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Nanaimo Poet Laureate Calling All Poets

April is poetry month and to celebrate, the Nanaimo Daily News is starting a new monthly column featuring a poem of the month to promote local poets and to encourage people to write poetry themed on Nanaimo.
A pair of anonymous poet judges will look through the submissions and choose one poem each month and it will be printed in the Daily News. I, as the City of Nanaimo’s inaugural poet laureate, will comment on the chosen poem so you can see why we liked it, and also to encourage you to write poetry.
The rules are simple:
1.    You should be a resident of the Nanaimo Regional District;
2. The poem should be solely written by you (If your poem is selected you will be asked to sign a declaration that the poem is your work alone and that you have the rights to it. Submissions from people under 18 will require a parent’s signature)
3. The poem must be about Nanaimo (places and events – its past, present, future, places you like visiting, the cultural aspects, sports… whatever inspires you) and should be no more than 30 lines (200 words)
4. The poems can be touching, funny, insightful, bitingly witty or angry, but will not be considered if they contain obscenities or promote hatred or prejudice
5. E-mail two copies of your poem as a pdf attachment (in Times New Roman, 12 point). One copy should have your name, address, e-mail, and phone # written above the poem; the other should contain only the poem
6. Send them to with the subject matter “poetry submission.”
7. There is no deadline, so just keep those Nanaimo poems coming in whenever creativity strikes.
We thank all poets in advance for their submissions, but only those poets whose poems have been selected will be contacted. Keep a copy of your submission as it will not be returned to you. All poems submitted will be kept for consideration for inclusion in a possible anthology to be printed next year.
So calling all Nanaimo district poets – Let’s celebrate poetry. Let’s hear your voices. Get creative about Nanaimo and send us your results.
Naomi Beth Wakan

Thursday, March 20, 2014


Poetry Gabriola presents
Third Thursday Open Mic Night
Featuring a presentation by
Jason Kuffler
March 20, 7 – 9 pm at The Old Crow Café, doors at 6:45
Open Mic at 7 pm
All voices welcome, including original work & covers.
The first event is an Open Mic, then a writing exercise to tone your poetic muscle, followed at 8 pm with a presentation by Jason Kuffler, Librarian at the Gabriola Library about the ways that Vancouver Island Regional Library supports poetry in general and local poets specifically, from the number of poetry titles in their catalogue to the Poetry Gallery at the Harbourfront branch.

For further information or to sign up for the open mic - email Lisa Webster-Gibson or Janet Vickers

Saturday, February 15, 2014


The Poet's Quest For God: 21st Century Poems of Faith, Doubt and Wonder, edited by Dr Oliver Brennan, Todd Swift and Dominic Bury is the first global  poetry anthology about religion and doubt to include poets of all faiths and none, so atheists, agnostics, and true believers commingle in the common search for words to explore the absence and presence of the spiritual in our world.

Friday, February 14, 2014

P. C.. Vandall has a birthday today

Author of Woodwinds celebrates her birthday today and Lipstick Press wishes her the best for the coming year.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Poetry Gabriola: Third Thursday Open Mic

Third Thursday Poetry Open Mic Featuring WHY BUY THE COW?

If you’ve ever felt a strong need to spend an evening with an experimental poly-vocal performance ensemble, you’re in luck! Gabriola’s latest multi-voice poetry mash-up – consisting of
Lisa Webster-Gibson, Kathleen Miniely and Hilary Peach - is just that.

is an interdisciplinary artists’ trio – and will be featuring new works at the first
PGS Open Mic
of 2014, kicking off at the
Old Crow on January 16.

Come on out to the Crow and enjoy a great meal and a glass of wine, read a poem at the Open Mic or just enjoy the evening. 
Psssst…. these cow-gals are pretty fun!

As usual, doors at 645 pm, open mic at 7 o'clock, feature to follow
5 $ suggested donation.


Kill two birds with one stone, get current on your PGS membership, only 5 bucks!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Janet Vickers reading from Impermanence January 12


  • January 12, 2014
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: Janet Vickers
  • Today Janet will read from her book Impermanence (Ekstasis, 2012) some of the poems that trace her life-long interrogation of right and wrong to the open world of infinite possibilities – the world of impermanence.
  • First Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo, 595 Townsite Road, Nanaimo.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Poet Laureate: Naomi Beth Wakan

"If you only do a page a day, in one year you have a book"  Such is the practical way Naomi approaches big things.

This is a video interview from Kelly Robinson of Shaw TV Nanaimo.

Lipstick Press is not publishing books now

Dear Poets Sorry to let you know we have not been publishing chapbooks since 2010. We did some online publishing - mainly for social iss...