Vancouver’s First Poetry Phone Launches

Pleased to be the curator of The Poetry Phone, Vancouver’s first free poetry hotline.

Callers can dial 1-833-POEMS-4-U (763-6748) to listen to poetry recordings provided by 10 local writers. After dialling the main line, callers can press numbers 0 to 9 to listen to different poems.

Thank you to the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA) for supporting the launch of the wonderful project that celebrates the work of local Vancouver writers, and for bringing a new and accessible format of uplifting entertainment to anyone who has felt social isolation during the difficult times this past year. 

Give the line a ring—I would love to hear what you think!

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Gibson’s poetic pyrotechnics, The Ormsby Review

These past few months, before COVID-19 struck us hard, I had been reading and contemplating a remarkable book of poetry, How She Read (Caitlin Press, 2019) by Chantal Gibson. As soon as I saw this book, I knew:

  • that I wanted to suggest the poet to Lunch Poems at SFU—was thrilled when our Lunch Poems crew agreed and we were so happy to hear Chantal read from her book.
  • that this book was going to be a game-changer and sure enough, it’s been duly nominated as a finalist for a raft of book prizes:

I was therefore delighted, to be invited to review How She Read for The Ormsby Review:

How She Read Chantal Gibson

It’s a pleasure to be able to find publication space to “go deep”. Little did I know, that I’d be polishing and editing my piece during those opening fraught weeks in March as COVID-19 was declared a pandemic. Yes, that was way harder than I imagined: hard to concentrate, hard to shut out the world…. Glad and grateful, though, to have persevered, and to have had the privilege to do so. To have spent time with this compassionate, fierce, skilled poet and author.

I’ll be thinking about this book for a long while yet….

Read the Full Review Here

Lunch Poems at SFU: rob mclennan and Christine McNair

 

Lunch Poems Feb 2020

Lunch Poems at SFU is a unique opportunity to celebrate the spoken word and is held the third Wednesday of every month, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., in the Teck Gallery at Simon Fraser University’s Vancouver Campus.

The raison d’être of Lunch Poems is to invite and welcome everyone to enjoy poetry in a relaxed and casual atmosphere: whether you are new to poetry or have had a long romance with it. We invite you to join us to lunch on words and feed your soul. No fees or registration. Just bring your lunch, curiosity, open mind and love of words.

More Details Here

Lunch Poems at SFU: Joanne Arnott and Michael Mirolla

Update: Lunch Poems is cancelled today due to snow closures at all SFU campuses.

 

Lunch Poems Jan 2020

Lunch Poems at SFU is a unique opportunity to celebrate the spoken word and is held the third Wednesday of every month, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., in the Teck Gallery at Simon Fraser University’s Vancouver Campus.

The raison d’être of Lunch Poems is to invite and welcome everyone to enjoy poetry in a relaxed and casual atmosphere: whether you are new to poetry or have had a long romance with it. We invite you to join us to lunch on words and feed your soul. No fees or registration. Just bring your lunch, curiosity, open mind and love of words.

More Details Here