Fragments, by Mark Winston

Pollination
Pollination By Louise Dockerhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/aussiegall/6105263663, 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

Bee All You Can Be, by David Dalley

Honey Hives Poetry 2016

Lovely to read a summary of last week’s Hives, Honey, and Poetry event by David Dalley, with whom I had the privilege of collaborating with recently in Newton and at Surrey City Centre Library:

“…Renée Saklikar, Surrey’s first ever Poet Laureate,  Dr. Mark Winston, renowned bee scientist and Simon Fraser University professor, author of Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive, winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award (2015) for non-fiction, and Heidi Greco, celebrated Surrey poet and facilitator of audience participation.

Mark opened by introducing us to some of the science behind bees and their troubling disappearance. He then invited Renee to join him, and the two recited poetry, shared ideas and encouraged us to think creatively about how we might create a better world by being attentive to the lessons that bees have to offer.

Heidi wrapped up by inviting the audience to write a poem or two about bees. A few were read out loud, and more will be posted online shortly!”

Read the rest here

March 15: Honey, Hives, and Poetry 2016

Honey, Hives, and Poetry returns this year at Surrey City Centre Library! Lovely to continue my collaboration with Dr. Mark Winston. Many thanks to Heidi Greco for facilitating audience participation and to the Surrey Beekeepers Association for providing a delicious honey tasting:

Honey Hives Poetry 2016

Learn more here

Honey, Hives and Poetry: A Summary

Honey, Hives and Poetry: A Summary

Dr. Mark Winston’s succinct summary of our collaboration during last month’s wonderful Honey, Hives and Poetry event at the Vancouver Public Library:

“…Renee and I were stoked by the evening to grow the bee/poetry interface, and hope to write some new work and evolve our collaboration into a multi-media performance with music and other poets.

And we aspire to inspire, by offering opportunities for those who don’t consider themselves poets to dip their toes into language and vocalizations that express the inestimable insights that bees can bring to our human world.”

Read Mark’s blog here