Victoria’s Youth Poet Laureate Launches Diversity Slam August 19 2013

Victoria's Youth Poet Laureate launches Diversity Slam August 19, 2013. It's only in the past few years that I've come to know anything at all about the slam poetry "scene", which in Victoria BC is extremely vibrant and well-attended. It was by happenstance that I came to be seated at my first event in January 2011 and was introduced to Jeremy Loveday, who was instrumental in lobbying the city of Victoria to create the Youth Poet Laureate … [Read more...]

Internationally-Awarded Slam Poet Buddy Wakefield Returns to Victoria March 18th 2013

My introduction to slam poetry, Tongues of Fire, the Victoria Slam Team and many other local poets was at a Buddy Wakefield event in January 2011. Photo: Inti St Clair  Arriving close to start time, to a packed Solstice Café, I was ushered to one of the only seats left, a comfy arm chair at the very front of the room. As one of the oldest people there, I felt very cossetted and definitely unworthy of that special attention. After the open mic … [Read more...]

Finding The Poem in Your Heart’s Garden with Wendy Morton at RRU February 9th 2013

I have declared 2013 to be The Year of Taking More Risks, Having More Fun, and  Expanding Cultural Horizons, and will be exploring this theme on my blog. I can’t think of a better way to do all three than to attend Finding The Poem in Your Heart’s Garden with Wendy Morton at Royal Roads University, Saturday February 9th. Wendy is my poetry mentor, the woman who re-ignited my passion for the form, both written and spoken. … [Read more...]

Victorious Voices, 3rd Annual High School Slam Poetry Championship

What would it have been like to hear  Moe Clark, Buddy Wakefield or Shane Koyczan perform their poetry as teenagers? To sit in the audience and realize the power of their words, and realize it could only get better over time. Next week, April 2nd and 4th, you have the opportunity to support young talent as 40 high school students from across Victoria compete in the third Victorious Voices, Victoria High School Youth Slam Championship.  “The … [Read more...]

Finding The Poem in Your Heart’s Garden with Wendy Morton at RRU

Have you ever written poetry?  Do you believe, as I did, that your muse has abandoned you?  A prolific writer in my teens and twenties, I had all but given up on my writing until a chance encounter with Victoria area poet, Wendy Morton, at Planet Earth Poetry. … [Read more...]