Events and readings, Surrey Poet Laureate

May 29: Read Local BC Presents Poetic Frequency

Poetic Frequency

Join Read Local BC for an insightful and engaging evening of poetry considering our place in the world, how we engage with society, and our effect on the natural world.

Three BC poets— Kate Braid, (Elemental – Caitlin Press) Mercedes Eng (Prison Industrial Complex Explodes – Talonbooks), and Cornelia Hoogland (Trailer Park Elegy Harbour Publishing)—will be hosted by Surrey Poet Laureate Renee Sarojini Saklikar.

Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Readings begin at 6:45 p.m.
Admission is free

 

Event Details Here

 

Listening to the Bees

Poetic Licence: An Interview with Read Local BC

Poetic Licence is a special Read Local BC column for National Poetry Month. Each column features one poet and a snapshot into their bookish world. 

Renée Sarojini Saklikar is the current Poet Laureate for Surrey and her forthcoming book, Listening to the Bees (Nightwood Editions, 2018) is a book of essays and bee poems written in collaboration with Dr. Mark Winston:renee-saklikar_listening-to-the-bees

A few excerpts:

“How do you write your first draft of a poem? – Almost always, first drafts are in pencil; although, these days, composition occurs in my head while walking/running, or dancing, or doing yoga. Then I have to race to my device (less than ideal), or better, home to my desk, or to a café to scrawl out lines on pages in my notebook.

How much do you edit or rewrite a poem, and how do you decide when it’s done (or good enough)? – I confess to compulsive editing and revision, even after book/chapbook publication. I’m obsessed with sound and syntax, less to description, so until the form and structure and sound feel right, I keep trying different combinations. May the poem never be done!”

Read the Rest of The Interview Here