Guest Blogs

Fragments, by Mark Winston

Pollination By Louise Docker, CC BY 2.0,

Lovely to be mentioned in an essay by my good friend Mark Winston (author of the 2015 Governor-General award-winning Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive and my collaborator on the Honey, Hives and Poetry Project). On bees, science, and writing:

…It’s a thing of beauty, this multi-fragment queen pheromone, an elixir of elegant function, reminiscent of the elusive perfection captured in the best poetry, where snippets of language weave together into a whole much more compelling than its individual parts.

I imagine writing poetry is like that, a mental image of Renee at work in her writing laboratory, testing combinations of words together, rejecting innumerable linguistic dead ends until the etymological data tell her the poem is done.”

Read the essay here

Events and readings

Honey, Hives and Poetry: Mark L. Winston

Honey, Hives and Poetry: Featuring Mark L. Winston

Mark L Winston

This evening at Vancouver Public Library, I’m reading poems written in response to Dr. Mark Winston’s scientific articles and Virgil’s Georgics at Honey, Hives and Poetry in the City, an event that explores food and poetry as a means for activism and community building, ideas espoused by Vancouver Poet Laureate, Rachel Rose. 7pm, with a free honey tasting!

Mark L. Winston (author of Bee time: Lessons from the Hive) is that rare individual, a scientist who can speak eloquently to the public.  Recognized as one of the world’s leading expert on bees and pollination, Mark has had an illustrious career researching, teaching, writing and commenting on bees and agriculture, environmental issues and science policy. He directed Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue for 12 years, where he achieved wide recognition as a distinguished Canadian educator.”


Date: April 27, 2015
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Location: Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch
Address: 350 West Georgia Street, Alice McKay Room
Admission: Free

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