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Poetry in the park

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on June 29, 2015

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Poetry reading in Mill Lake Park

Poetry reading – Brayden Sawatzky, T. W. Goodrich, Joe Mrak and Violet Nesdoly (Photo by T.W. Goodrich)

Four poets shared several poems each during a reading time.

We also had a table where we showed off our books, passed out brochures to anyone wanting information, chatted with each other, and even wrote a little poetry.

Magnetic poetry by Michael and Joe

Magnetic poetry by Michael and Joe

Magnetic poetry by Terry and Erin

Magnetic poetry by Terry and Erin

Magnetic poetry by alvin

Magnetic poetry by Alvin

Magnetic poetry by Violet and some of us, just hanging out.

Magnetic poetry by Violet and some of us, just hanging out.

The Fraser Valley Poets Society now takes a break for the summer.

Please plan to join  us when we begin our fall readings

Monday, September 14th
6:30 – 8:30
Clearbrook Library 32320 George Ferguson Way
Abbotsford B.C.

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Last spring reading launches another book!

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on June 17, 2015

An excellent and happy meeting of the Fraser Valley Poets Society took place on June 15th.

Michael Linburg launched his new book All My Paths Are One.

Michael Linburg reads from his new book All My Paths Are One. (Photos by T. W. Goodrich)

Michael Linburg reads from his new book All My Paths Are One. (Photos by T. W. Goodrich)

There were new faces to meet and greet (always a happy sign).

A good time at the June 15 Blue Moon Reading (Photos by T. W. Goodrich)

A good time at the June 15 Blue Moon Reading (Photos by T. W. Goodrich)

Poetry readings were many and varied, with the original theme of summer, then a second reading of whatever was available.

Some of the June 15th open mic readers (Photos by T. W. Goodrich)

Some of the June 15th open mic readers  (Photos by T. W. Goodrich)

In brief, a good time was had by all with lots of drinks and cookies etc.

– Report and photos by T. W. Goodrich

Though we will be taking a break from formal readings for July and August, FVPS will be part of the Abbotsford Arts Council Meet and Mingle in the Park event on June 27th (Mill Lake Park near Kariton Gallery on Ware St.) – 2:00 – 7:30 p.m. 

Come by, say hello (we’ll have our own clearly marked table), and if you’re around between 2:30 – 2:50, you might just hear some of us read as part of the afternoon’s entertainment.

 

Our next Clearbrook Library reading is scheduled for:

September 14th

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Clearbrook Library – 32320 George Ferguson Way

More details to come as they are available.

For more photos of Monday’s reading and to keep informed about all FVPS events, check out FRASER VALLEY POETS SOCIETY on Facebook.

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First FVPS open mic of the season

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on February 24, 2015

owl readingOur first open mic of the 2015 season is right around the corner!

All poets (members of FVPS or not) are invited to join us:

 

March 2nd
6:30-8:30 


Clearbrook Library


32320 George Ferguson Way


Abbotsford. B.C.

Add your name to the list of readers when you arrive.

 

 

FVPS Member Shelley Haggard is also involved in organizing the Mission Writers and Readers Festival – March 7th.  It sounds like a wonderful event. Details HERE.

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FVPS part of Christmas Artisan Market

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on November 19, 2014

Artisan MarketFraser Valley Poets Society members have been busy getting ready for the Christmas Artisan Market at High Street – November 21, 22 & 23. Anthologies published by the society as well as books by individual members will be available.

Come check out our table at this Christmas artisan fair, sponsored by the Abbotsford Arts Council.

More information about the Christmas Artisan Market at Highstreet  HERE. (Market is located across the street from London Drugs / Westland Insurance in the Highstreet Shopping Centre.)

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Surjeet Kalsey wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on May 2, 2014

Big congratulations to our own Surjeet Kalsey who on May 1st,  received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Harjit Kaur Sidhu Memorial Program, Department of Asian Studies, UBC.

 

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Surjeet KalseyB.C.’s prestigious Writer’s Lifetime Achievement Award 2014 was, for the first time, awarded to a woman writer—Surjeet Kalsey

 

Surjeet Kalsey was given this Award for her dedication as a writer to the Punjabi Literature, language and culture in Canada for the last 40 years, in an Award Ceremony on 1st May 2014 at Centre Stage, New Surrey City Hall, as a part of Late Harjit Kaur Memorial Program of the Department of Asian Studies in the University of British Columbia.

Surjeet Kalsey is an outstanding South Asian Canadian writer, came to Canada in 1974 with her background in broadcasting, as a News Anchor of “Pradeshik Samachar” Regional News for All India Radio Chandigarh. Surjeet writes both in Punjabi and English and is the author of 19 books of poetry, short stories, drama, and translations, and has edited several books.

Her poetry books in Punjabi include Paunan Nal Guftagoo, Aurat, Shabad te Shatkt, Rom Rom Vich Jagdey Deevey, Naam Tiharey, and the latest, Rung Mandal, is forthcoming. Her poetry books in English include Speaking to the Winds, Footprints of Silence, Sand-Scape, and Colours of My Heart. She has written three books of short stories: Sat Paraiyan, Ik Parvasi Aurat di Diary, and Katha Teri Meri as well.

As a social activist, Surjeet has worked intensively in the community to raise awareness about violence against women and children. Working many years with families who went through family violence, her writings especially short stories and drama reflect women’s issues. Her three-act play Mehlin Wasdiyan Dhiyan (Daughters Behind the Palace Doors) was the first play which established theatre for South Asian women in Canada in the late seventies to address the unspoken issue of violence against women in the South Asian Community in Canada.

Graduated from the UBC in Creative Writing in 1978, and got an M.Ed. in Counselling Psychology in 1997, Surjeet was a pioneer to introduce Punjabi literature to English speaking readers through her translations. Her edited and translated anthology, Glimpses of Twentieth Century Punjabi Poetry in English Translation includes works of 55 Punjabi poets living in Canada, India, USA, England, Kenya and Sweden. Besides, she has translated and edited a number of books including Pakistani Urdu poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s Kav Sagar, and Canadian Urdu poet late Zahid Laeeq’s Akas Barmla. Surjeet has translated Ajmer Rode’s plays One Girl One Dream and Komagata Maru.
Surjeet is one of the woman founder members of the Punjabi Literary Association Vancouver in the early seventies and has been a member since. She is also a founder member of Samaanta (1982), Women’s Sahara Group Abbotsford (1996), and Punjabi Literature Society Abbotsford (2008).

Currently Surjeet hosts “Apni Awaaz” a program at CIVL Radio 101.7FM Abbotsford from the University of Fraser Valley. Surjeet, mother of a daughter and a son, works as a Family Therapist for the last 20 some years along with her creative writing. Surjeet was a winner of Canada’s Best Writer’s International Network (WIN) Award in 2013. For more information about Surjeet’s publications please visit her blog: http://www.surjeetkalsey.wordpress.com

 

 

 

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Canadian poetry contests & writer events

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on January 30, 2014

Our first 2014 public reading is still a month and a half away (see below for details).

But that’s no excuse for a poet to be idle. Why not spend some of these dull winter days giving the buff and polish to poems in your files. Then enter them in contests. Below are links to some Canadian poetry contests you might like to enter.

Poetry contests label
Utmost Christian Poetry Contest

  • Deadline – February 28, 2014.

Dr. William Henry Drummond Poetry Contest

  • Deadline – April 11, 2014

Arborealis Prize for Poetry Contest 2014 (sponsored by The Ontario Poetry Society – T.O.P.S.)

  • Deadline – April 30, 2014

Canadian Stories Poetry Contest

  • Deadline – May 1, 2014

(Our own Alvin Ens is one of the sponsors)

The Sparkle and Shine Poetry Chapbook Anthology Contest (sponsored by T.O.P.S.)

  • Deadline – June 30, 2014

Food for Thought Poetry Competition (sponsored by T.O.P.S.)

  • Deadline – September 30, 2014

Ultra Short Poem Competition 2014 (sponsored by T.O.P.S.)

  • Deadline – October 30, 2014.

Open Heart 9 Poetry Competition (sponsored by T.O.P.S.)

  • Deadline – December 25, 2014.

Writer's events label

World Poetry Café

  • February 23 ~ 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Clearbrook Library – 32320 George Ferguson Way, Abbotsford, B.C.

7th Annual Mission Writers and Readers Festival (sponsored by Lifetime Learning Centre)

  • March 1, 2014

(Our own Shelley Haggard is one of the organizers.)

PPS Open Mic evening – March 17

6:30-8:30
Clearbrook Library
32320 George Ferguson Way
Abbotsford, BC
Featured reader: You

Bring your poems and sign up with Brayden when you arrive for an evening of open mic readings. Members and non-members are welcome to attend and read.

Write! Vancouver (Sponsored by The Word Guild)

  • May 23 & 24, 2014

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Poetry readings and other news

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on April 18, 2013

PPS member / director Emily Isaacson is having a busy spring.

She will be the featured reader at live coffee shop poetry at the Sumas Mountain Coffee Co. in Abbotsford. She will be reading from her collection House of Rain. (Admission free).

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April 25, 2013
3:00 − 5:00 p.m.
Sumas Mountain Coffee Co.
1A-32750 George Ferguson Way
Abbotsford, BC V2T 4V6

In early May she will launch her new book Hours From A Convent at the House of James. She will be joined by Richard Toots and Violet Nesdoly. Mark your calendars for this free event:

Hours From A Convent by Emily Isaacson

May 2, 2013
7:00 p.m.
House of James
2743 Emerson St.
Abbotsford, BC  
V2T 4H8

Book trailer for Hours From A Convent

“The Mission Monastery” – a photo slide show by Emily Isaacson

For more information visit www.emilyisaacsoninstitute.com

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PPS members Alvin Ens and Violet Nesdoly are hopeful after their names were included on the Word Awards shortlist. (The Word Awards are awarded by the The Word Guild for books and short pieces published in a variety of categories  the previous year).

  • Alvin’s poem “Alzheimer’s”  (published in Ascent Aspirations) is shortlisted in the Poetry category.
  • Alvin’s short story “Of Knights and Castles” (published in FellowScript) is shortlisted in the Short Story category.
  • Violet’s book Destiny’s Hands (Word Alive Press, 2012) is shortlisted in the Novel – Historical category.

Winners will be announced at a Gala in Mississauga, ON, June 12, 2013.

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Mission Writers and Readers Festival

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on January 15, 2013

Mission Writers and Readers Festival

—In Celebration of Indigenous Writers

POSTER - Mission B.C.Writers and Readers Festival

Date: March 9th, 2013
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: UFV Mission Campus, Heritage Park Centre
33700 Prentis Avenue, Mission BC
Fee:
Early Bird (available until Jan. 31) $35.00
Regular admission (after Jan 31): $40.00
Students (student id required): $20
Register in person at Lifetime Learning Centre or ONLINE
32444 – 7th Ave.,
Mission, BC V2V 2B5
Phone: 604-820-0220
Hours: Tues – Thurs 9 am – 3 pm

This event is also posted on the Poetry Around Town page.

Download a pdf file of the poster. WritersReadersFestival_MI_poster-new

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Mission event for writers and readers

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on January 27, 2012

5th Annual Mission Writers & Readers Festival

          Saturday, March 10, 2012

         Events from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Details on the Poetry Around Town page.

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“Arts Eco Salon” – Abbotsford’s contribution to 100 Thousand Poets for Change

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on August 27, 2011

MSA PPS member Stella Johnson is organizing this event.

She encourages MSA PPS members:

  • to bring their books and CDs to show and sell.
  • to sign up for the Open Mic

Stella could also use one or two people to help set up snacks on the day of the event.

Leave any messages for Stella (re open mic sign-up or availability to help) on the wall of the Abbotsford – 100 Thousand Poets for Change, “Arts Eco Salon” Facebook page.

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