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Congratulations to our prize-winners!

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on January 5, 2017


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CONGRATULATIONS to several of our members who have entered and won contests in 2016.

  • Alvin Ens’s poem “The Pregnant Pause” was awarded FIRST PLACE in the 2016 Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship Winter Contest for pieces published in the media in 2015.
  • Alvin has also entered and been awarded HONORABLE MENTION in the Canadian Stories contest in 2013, 2014, and 2015.

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Goodbye, Erin

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on December 31, 2016

In Loving Memory of
Elizabeth Erin Fisher


November 17, 1962 – December 10, 2016


It was with great sadness that family and friends said goodbye to Erin Fisher at a memorial service at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Abbotsford, B.C., Friday, December 30, 2016.

Family members and friends, many from the Fraser Valley Poets Society, shared memories and stories of Erin’s life.

It’s hard to believe that our friend and colleague, with whom we celebrated a book launch just short months ago, is gone. Erin, we will miss you!


Erin Fisher, 54, passed away suddenly, December 10, 2016, in Abbotsford BC.

Erin loved life and lived it with an indomitable spirit and passion. She was a poet, a writer, an artist, a drummer, a karate black belt, a philosopher, a tarot card reader. She loved the arts, music, movies, anything to enrich her life and soul and she truly enriched ours.

Erin will be forever loved and sadly missed by her father Dennis, mother Maureen (nee Tuite), brother Michael (Eileen), niece Bronwen, nephew Riley and many, many more extended family and friends. May she rest in peace.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, December 30, 2016 at 11:00 am at St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church at 33333 Mayfair Avenue, Abbotsford, BC.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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Great turnout for May 2nd Open Mic

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on May 4, 2016

The multi-purpose room of the Clearbrook Library came alive with the sound of words Monday night, May 2nd. This third Poetry Open Mic night of 2016 for the Fraser Valley Poets Society included poems about nature, mothers, retirement, feeling blue, and feeling wonderful. There were poetic stories of knights, dragons, swords, and shaman. There were pieces about bats, mountains, drops, a smile, football, and yoga. The variety was a great indicator of the variety of poets in attendance.

FVPS Director Terry Broadworth did a great job of emceeing the evening. She introduced each of the eighteen open mic readers and kept the program on track for the enjoyment of the audience of about 50.  A mid-evening break for coffee and goodies gave opportunity for visiting and networking. (Click on any photo to enlarge.)

Our next Poetry Open Mic night is Monday, May 30th at the Clearbrook Library, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

If you’re a local poet who would like to read at our one of our open mic poetry nights, we’d love to have you! You don’t have to be a Fraser Valley Poets Society member to join in.

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Write for our 2017 anthology celebrating Canada!

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on April 22, 2016

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Write poems about Canada for our upcoming anthology. A word about this from our editor:

“July 1, 2016
Canada will be 149 years old.
Celebrating this birthday
may inspire you to write for the FVPS anthology.
Unfortunately, we go to publication next spring
so we will be ready for the 150th birthday;
so write now.” – Alvin Ens


What are we looking for? Details are below:


Need inspiration? Your poem about Canada might be about:

  • Canadian history, geography, politics.
  • Canadian holidays (your memories of them; their significance to you).
  • Canadian heroes, icons, expressions.
  • Canadian landmarks; your impressions or memories of visiting a place or places of importance in Canadian history.
  • Your feelings about being Canadian. What things make you feel loyal, embarrassed, ashamed, apologetic, proud etc. of being Canadian?
  • Canadian culture and unique things about it. (You might get ideas from Canadiana lists, such as this list of ten items, put out by Reader’s Digest, or this list of 50 facts from
  • Misconceptions about Canada and Canadian culture.
  • The smells of Canada; the colours of Canada; the sounds of Canada.
  • Feelings about Canada that arise in you when when you are away from Canada.
  • Use uniquely Canadian words in form poems that use repeating words (like the sestina).
  • Use uniquely Canadian phrases or expressions in form poems that use repeating lines (like the triolet).
  • Write a praise poem to Canada.
  •  Write a birthday poem to Canada as if the country were a person.
  • Or…

This list of ideas is here to spark your creativity and is in no way meant to limit how you approach writing your poems about Canada.


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Blue Moon Reading – April 8

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on April 1, 2013

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Open Mic Poetry Night offers potpourri of poems

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on April 19, 2012

MSA PPS poets and friends celebrated National Poetry Month Monday, April 16th with a veritable potpourri of poems. Our first Open Mic Poetry Night of 2012 saw thirteen readers and reciters present poems by Canadian poets from Bliss Carman to Robert Service, and Leonard Cohen to Jan Wood, as well as personal writings.

We heard poems about poetry slams, tree bark, mother, spring, artists and musicians, ice cowboys and more, all summed up nicely by a poem about what a potluck of nationalities and poetic fare we have to offer.

We also commemorated the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic with poems and other writings related to that historic event.

What—you missed it? Don’t despair. We meet again soon. (Please note date is May 7th, not May 28th as announced at the April 16th Open Mic.)

Our next Open Mic Poetry Night is:

Monday, May 7th


Clearbrook Library

32320 George Ferguson Way,

Abbotsford B.C.

Bring poems to read or recite (your own or favourites by others) and sign up to read at the beginning of the evening.

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