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Archive for March, 2015

First Blue Moon of 2015

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on March 24, 2015

Emily Pohl-Weary was our guest and featured Blue Moon reader on Monday, March 23rd. She began the evening with a short introduction and show-and-tell of the many  projects in which she’s been involved over her years of writing as a member of Toronto’s literary community.

Then she told of a shooting in her Toronto neighbourhood in 2006 that touched her and the lives of those close to her.

We listened spellbound to the poetry in Ghost Sick, the book of poems she published earlier this year, which delves into the numbness, shock, disbelief, outrage, and eventual return to equilibrium she experienced as she worked through this tragedy. Her “poetry of witness” was raw, moving, and challenged me, and I’m sure many of us, to be more  vulnerable, honest, and transparent in our own writing.

March 23 Blue Moon Reading with Emily Pohl-Weary

March 23 Blue Moon Reading with Emily Pohl-Weary

Coffee and chatting was followed by the workshop part of the evening. After some periods of silence, broken only by the sound of scribbling pens and a few groans, we ended the program on a light note by reading our list poem creations.

 

Thanks so much, Emily, for a most enjoyable and interesting evening!

~**~**~**~

We meet on April 13th for our next Blue Moon Event.

BG-coverI (Violet Nesdoly) am the featured reader that night. I’m excited to introduce three poet friends with whom I’ve worked for seven years. Though none of them will be with us  in person, I’ll be reading their poems and a few of mine from the anthology Borrowed Gardens that we published jointly in December of 2014.

There will be an open mic following the Blue Moon feature. Everyone is welcome to this free event.

 

April Blue Moon Reading:


April 13, 2015
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Clearbrook Library – 32320 George Ferguson Way
Abbotsford, B.C.

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First Blue Moon reading of 2015

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on March 5, 2015

We’re excited to have Emily Pohl-Weary, current Writer-In-Residence at University of the Fraser Valley as our guest on March 23rd.

Emily will read from her just-out book of poems, Ghost Sick, and do a workshop. There will be no open mic on March 23rd.

The public is warmly invited to this free event:

Monday, March 23rd, 6:30-8:30
Clearbrook Library
32320 George Ferguson Way,
Abbotsford B.C.

FVPS Poster for March 23, 2015

FVPS Poster for March 23, 2015

Then mark your calendars for April 13th, when Violet Nesdoly will be the featured reader, sharing selections from the anthology Borrowed Gardens (authored by four Vancouver area poets).

There will be an open mic on April 13th.

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Two readings begin FVPS year

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on March 3, 2015

A Rhyme and Reason at the Cottage

On February 28th, nine Fraser Valley Poets Society members gathered with residents and outside guests at the Cottage (a Fraser Health complex in Abbotsford) to enjoy a shared love of poetry.

Poetry Society members and residents took turns reading to the crowd. We heard original poetry as well as old favourites. It was a wonderful hour of sharing words and friendship.

A big thanks to Terry Broadworth who organized the program and was our MC for the morning.

FVPS members read at the Cottage #1 - February 28, 2015

FVPS members read at the Cottage #1 – February 28, 2015

FVPS members read at the Cottage #2 - February 28, 2015

FVPS members read at the Cottage #2 – February 28, 2015

First Open Mic of 2015

Two days later, on Monday, March 2nd, we gathered again to officially get our reading year underway with an Open Mic evening.

The whole evening was given to reading our work. We circled the table at least three times. It was especially gratifying to welcome some new poets to the reading.

It was a good start and we’re looking forward to a great year of Blue Moon readings and open mics.

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