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Book launch a 2015 highlight

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on November 5, 2015

The meeting room at the Clearbrook Library was buzzing with excitement Monday night, November 2nd, for the launch of Terry Broadworth’s debut collection of poems, A Poets Passion Revisited.

Over 50 friends, supporters and FVPS members listened to her read from her collection—poems about people, nature, life, love and travel. Especially enjoyable were her poems about people—co-workers and family members—full of warmth, humour, and the caring that came full circle to bless her back in the many friends that came out to enjoy this special day with her.

Terry Broadworth launches A Poets Passion Revisited - Congratulations, Terry!

Terry Broadworth launches A Poets Passion Revisited – Congratulations, Terry! Job well done.  (Photos by V. Nesdoly)

After a 30-minute break of more celebrating with cake, assorted goodies, chatting, book buying and signing (with Ted Goodrich doing brisk business at the book table), we went into the Open Mic part of the evening.

Miss Miya started us off by taking us back, with her charming get-up and poems, to the ’60s. Jody and Satwant read selections from Terry’s book, Violet shared several poems about the writing life, Erin’s reading was short and thought-provoking as usual, Alvin opined about the results of the recent election, Michael recited one of his writings by memory, and Brayden ended the evening by reading “Valley Fall,” a beautiful ode to the season from the FVPS anthology River of Words.

Thanks to all who came out and made this evening a special event, and to Terry for the beautiful book and festive touches!

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Open Mic Readers: Miss Miya, Jody, Violet, Satwant, Erin, Alvin, Michael, Brayden (Photos by V. Nesdoly)

Our next and final reading night of 2015 is on November 16th

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

That night Alvin will launch a new book and there will also be Open Mic time.

Don’t forget,  our Annual General Meeting is coming up! FVPS members, please note the change in date of the AGM.

  • November 18th.
  • 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Clearbrook Library.

Your attendance and willingness to help will ensure that FVPS can continue as a support and outlet for Fraser Valley poets.

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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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New season, new name!

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on March 11, 2014

owl readingFraser Valley Poets Society will be hosting an open mic poetry reading on:

Monday, March 17

6:30 – 8:30 P.M. at the Clearbrook Library

32320 George Ferguson Way,

Abbotsford, BC.

Come to read your latest poems and/or to listen.

Please note we have changed our name from Poets Potpourri Society to Fraser Valley Poets Society. Same great free fare as always!

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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.

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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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Join us for the last Blue Moon reading of 2013

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on September 19, 2013

PPS Blue Moon Reading October 7, 2013

PPS Blue Moon Reading October 7, 2013

Praise for Satwant’s book:

“As lovers of God’s creation in nature, Satwant Pander’s book The Healing Power of Nature pulled me into its pages. In her poem on Page 13, the line “The tree keeps me company when I am alone” –  how true! Nice to see her daughter Kiran’s comment – page 10  and also Soul to Soul, page 70″ – Donna Bishop (Founder of Poets Potpourri Society).

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Blue Moon Reading – April 8

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on April 1, 2013

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Get ready for April—National Poetry Month

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on March 26, 2013

The beginning of April is just days away and with it comes National Poetry Month. Do you do anything special, poetry-wise, to celebrate it? If you don’t and would like to, here are five suggestions:

internet cafe1. Read a poem a day

Lots of sites post a new poem every day of the year. Some post daily poems just during April. Give these a try (note that many give you the option of subscribing, that is, having the poem delivered to you by email daily):

  • GottaBook– “30 Days, 30 Poets” – Thirty contemporary children’s poets share poems each day of April on Greg K’s blog GottaBook.

notebook-pencil2. Write a poem a day

Several sites provide daily poetry-writing prompts through April. Check out:

  • Poetic Asides (daily prompts beginning April 1st; weekly prompts every Wednesday).
  • Adele Kenny’s The Music In It blog (a prompt for every day in April coming April 1st; a weekly prompt every Saturday)

3. Start your own poetry blog

If you like writing poems and would like to share them with the world, sign up and start blogging for free at:
wordpress.com
blogger.com

owl reading book4. Buy a poetry book

Search your favourite poet on any book-buying site. Many poetry books are now also available for e-readers if that’s what you prefer (though I must say, as much as I love my Kindle, I still prefer reading poetry books in hard copy).

5. Attend a poetry event or reading

Consider this your invitation to ours—the MSA PPS Blue Moon Reading on Monday, April 8th.

  • Bring a poem or two to share during the Open Mic segment.
  • Enjoy our special guest, Robert Martens, whose chapbook poltergeist was shortlisted in the 2012 bpNichol award.
Robert Martens - Abbotsford BC poet

Robert Martens – reading an an MSA PPS Blue Moon night in June 2011

Robert Martens
Robert Martens was raised in an ethnic Mennonite community, then time travelled to the years of student revolt at Simon Fraser University. Since then he’s tried to vainly address those contradictions in his poetry. Robert now lives in Abbotsford, where he writes for the periodical of the Mennonite Historical Society. He remains baffled as to how his chapbook, “poltergeist”, was shortlisted for the bpNichol award last year. Perhaps it was—as poetry always is—an act of God.

MSA PPS Blue Moon Reading
April 8, 2013
6:30 − 8:30 p.m.
Clearbrook Library Meeting Room
32320 George Ferguson Way
Abbotsford, B.C.

All are welcome to attend this free event. Hope to see you there!

And here’s wishing all a poetic April—however you spend it.

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Local poet shortlisted

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on October 30, 2012

Robert Martens reading at an MSA PPS Blue Moon Reading – June 2011

Congratulations to Robert Martens, local poet and friend of MSA PPS. His recently published chapbook Poltergeist has been shortlisted in the bpNichol Chapbook Award.

The winner will be announced November 17th in Toronto.

All the best, Robert!

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