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June Open Mic Anticipates SUMMER!

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on May 21, 2015

Monday June 15th is the last of our 2015 spring readings at the library before we take a break from these readings for the summer.

Fraser Valley Poets Society June Open Mic
June 15, 2015
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Clearbrook Library
32320 George Ferguson Way
Abbotsford, B.C.

06-15-15 BMR

This is the first of our Themed Open Mics. For this June reading during the first half of the evening we’d like to hear poems about any aspect of SUMMER. If you haven’t written a summer poem, you still have time to write one—or share a favourite by another poet.

(Think summer vacation, weather, storms, insects, sports—like golf, tennis, baseball, bocce—food, picnics, barbecues, camping, memories, reunions, places you’ve visited… You get the idea?)

Think summer

During the last part of the evening the mic will be open for poems on any topic.

Everyone is welcome to attend and read at this free event. You do not need to be a member of FVPS to participate in our Open Mics.

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The Fraser Valley Poets Society was first established as the MSA Poets Potpourri Society in 1981
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Triple Treat

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on May 7, 2015

The Monday, May 4th Blue Moon Reading held a triple treat for all who attended. Three young poets shared their work in 15 minute segments that many of us wished would go on longer.

Olivia Sharpe was the first of our guest readers. Her existential poems were full of interesting and original imagery that linked nature to memories of childhood, school, and her present life. There was hope. There was love. There was self-acceptance, family and a broccoli farm. Her pleasing image of faithless clouds contrasted to the faithful sun is still floating around in my head many days later. Thank you, Olivia, for sharing yourself and your poems with us!

Olivia Sharpe reading poetry

Olivia Sharpe reads at the May 4, 2015 FVPS Blue Moon Reading

Mackenzie Lee, our second reader, read poems on the theme of seasons. Her poem about the library contained fabulous lines and certainly warmed the cockles of this bibliophile’s heart. She also has keen senses when it comes to nature, sharing poems about wind, water and light, and bringing people and relationships into them with skill and originality.  Thank you, Mackenzie, for your most enjoyable presentation!

Mackenzie Lee - poetry reading

Mackenzie Lee reads at the May 4, 2015 FVPS Blue Moon Reading

Open mic readings were sprinkled between the guest readings. We enjoyed the usual variety that included a light poem about a lobster by Ted, poems about his father by Alvin, a poem in the voice of a resident of a senior’s complex by Terry, a couple of poems read from A Familiar Shore by Emily, a poem in memory of Rinelle Harper by Shelley—and many more!

Open Mic readers - FVPS

Some of the FVPS Open Mic readers – May 4, 2015 Blue Moon Reading

Our final reader, Adriel Brandt was definitely icing on the cake. He read poems of nature and to nature. I don’t think I’ll ever look at a crow the same way after hearing his three-part ode to this evil, versus mysterious, versus magical bird. He also shared a poem about a library (I’m sure I saw our host room glow) and capped off his reading with a spoken-word-type performance of “I’ve got time” (well, I’m not sure that’s what it was called, but the line “I’ve got time” kept recurring). Thank you, Adriel for your stellar reading and performance!

Adriel Brandt reading poetry

Adriel Brandt – reading at the FVPS Blue Moon Reading May 4, 2015

Now mark you calendar for our next reading night at the usual time and place:

FVPS Poetry Night
June 15 – 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Clearbrook Library
32320 George Ferguson Way
Abbotsford, B.C.

More details to come.
 

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Reading night – May 4

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on April 21, 2015

Our next reading night is just around the corner on May 4th.

Plan to come, listen to our featured readers, and bring some poems of your own to read during the open mic segment.

Blue Moon Reading Poster - May 4, 2015

Blue Moon Reading Poster – May 4, 2015

Our Logo Design Contest is also in full swing.

Details are in the poster below.

Please email your entries to Alvin Ens.

We’re looking forward to seeing your great ideas!

FVPS Logo Design Contest Poster

FVPS Logo Design Contest Poster

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FVPS Spring Events

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on April 17, 2015

President Brayden Sawatzky began our April 13th reading by recognizing the achievements of two members. Emily Isaacson and Surjeet Kalsey were both honoured at Abbotsford’s recent Arty Awards. Emily Isaacson was nominated for the Christine Caldwell Outstanding Arts Advocate and Surjeet Kalsey won the award for Outstanding Artist in the Literary Arts. Ted Goodrich presented Surjeet with a framed portrait, photographed during the award night celebrations.

 

SK Award

The Blue Moon Reading portion of the evening featured the anthology Borrowed Gardens. Violet Nesdoly was the featured reader. She read from all four sections of the book—poems by three Vancouver area women (Jeannine Bertoia, Del McNulty, and Tracie Fisher)—as well as a few poems of her own.

Violet Nesdoly reads from Borrowed Gardens
The always welcome time of refreshment  was followed by an open mic where seven poets read their work—poems that ranged from sea fantasies, to memories of working in a nursing home and studies of interesting characters.

Open Mic readers April 13, 2015
Thanks to all who came out and made this a fun and memorable evening!

Our next Blue Moon Reading is just around the corner. Mark your calendars for May 4th, when three guests Adriel Brandt, Mackenzie Lee and Olivia Sharpe will share their poetry with us.

There will be an open mic.

Blue Moon Reading
Featuring the poetry of:

Adriel Brandt

Mackenzie Lee

Olivia Sharpe

Monday, May 4
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Clearbrook Library
32320 George Ferguson Way
Abbotsford B.C.

All are welcome to attend this FREE POETRY READING and OPEN MIC.

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How will you celebrate National Poetry Month?

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on April 1, 2015

Welcome to April – National Poetry Month (and that’s no April fool)!

How will you celebrate poetry this month?

One idea is to attend a poetry reading. Fraser Valley Poets Society’s April event is a Blue Moon Reading on Monday, April 13th.BG-cover

 

The featured reader that night is Violet Nesdoly, reading from Borrowed Gardens, an anthology of personal poetry by four Vancouver area writers: Jeannine Bertoia, Del McNulty, Tracie Fisher and Nesdoly.

Bertoia and Fisher have both had haiku honoured in Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival. A poem by McNulty won the top poetry prize of the 2010 Surrey International Writers Conference contest. Come and meet these fine poets through their writing.

There will be an open mic after the Blue Moon Feature.

Blue Moon Reading

April 13 – 6:30-8:30
Clearbrook Library, Large Meeting Room
32320 George Ferguson Way
Abbotsford, B.C.

 

FVPS Blue Moon 04-13-15

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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!

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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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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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Poetry comes out of winter hibernation

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on January 30, 2015

Though our reading year doesn’t officially get underway until March, our member poets are active.

Emily Isaacson invites everyone to the launch of her newest book A Familiar Shore at the Reach on February 19th. See details on the poster below.

Isaacson book launch

Then plan to attend our first official reading of 2015

an OPEN MIC EVENING

March 2nd

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

Please also check the Poetry Around Town tab to see other literary opportunities available in the community.

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