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    A Poets Passion Revisited by T. M. Broadworth - A collection of personal writings and photo art celebrating the complexities of life.

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    A Familiar Shore by Emily Isaccson. Stories of four women told in poetry, parable and myth

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    The Healing Power of Nature by Satwant Kaur Pandher. This full-color hardcover book contains over 50 poems and many photos. Click on image for details.

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    Calendar by Violet Nesdoly. Contains over 50 poems that explore the rhythms of the year, nature, life & the family. FREE! Click on image for details.

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    A Poetic Kaleidoscope by T. W. Goodrich: "... something for all readers: short, long, deep, simple, painful, and hopeful poems" - Reviewer (Click on image for details.)

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    A first collection by Nicholas Roberts, the space between the eyes contains over 50 poems. Click on image for details.

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    Hours From A Convent by Emily Isaacson. Poems from the perspective of a young nun. Click on image for details.

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O Canada – book launch

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on June 27, 2017

Just in time for Canada Day, the Fraser Valley Poets Society launched their latest anthology, O Canada: Celebrating 150 Years.

Society President Brayden Sawatzky opened the evening by welcoming us and reading his foreword to the book. Editor Alvin Ens and Associate Editor Violet Nesdoly described the 18-month process that brought the volume from idea to completion. Violet, Alvin, Terry, and Ted read poems from the anthology, and Robert Martens concluded the first part of the evening by reading a poem by Erin Fisher (who contributed to the book but died before the book was published).


Front cover of O Canada; Editor, Alvin Ens; FVPS President Brayden Sawatzky; Associate editor Violet Nesdoly; T.W. Goodrich; Robert Martins; Terry Broadworth (Photos © 2017 by V. Nesdoly)

The intermission began with all book contributors posing with the specially designed cake for a photo, followed by the singing of “O Canada.” (Only two contributing poets missed this evening: Erin Fisher and Nicholas Roberts.)

Thirty minutes slipped by quickly as we purchased books, nibbled on Canada Day goodies, shared conversation, or found a quiet corner to get acquainted with this latest joint endeavour.


Intermission: We gathered for a group photo, then bought books (T.W. Goodrich at the book table), mingled, and munched on cake and treats (Photos © 2017 by V. Nesdoly)

The last half of the evening was filled with O Canada contributors reading selections from the book. It was a thrill to hear our founder Donna Bishop read “Halkomelem: The people of the River; The People of the Land.” At 90+ she’s still going strong!

We listened to poems as diverse as the description of a bad dream (“The Ice, the Sea and Me” – Shelley Haggard) to a tongue-in-cheek look at interesting Canadian community names (“Canada: This Place I Call Home’ – Brenda Firth).

Alvin Ens also read several factoids—alerting us to another feature of the book—75+facts about Canadian history, Canadian literary history, and Fraser Valley Poets Society history sprinkled throughout.


Open mic readers: Donna Bishop, Shelley Haggard, Jody Aubry, Craig Warren, Alexandra Webb, Priscilla Laudon  (Photos © 2017 by V. Nesdoly)


More open mic readers: Satwant Pander, Brenda Firth, Alvin Ens, Michael Linburg, Terry Broadworth, Brayden Sawatzky (Photos © 2017 by V. Nesdoly)

O Canada: Celebrating 150 Years is now available for purchase ($20). Want one? Contact T.W. Goodrich.

The Fraser Valley Poets Society will now take a summer break. But plan to join us when we meet again on September 11, 2017 (6:30-8:30, Clearbrook Library, 32320 George Henderson Way, Abbotsford B.C.).

Have a joyful Canada Day and a safe, happy, poetic summer!


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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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Blue Moon for Spirit Path

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on September 17, 2016

A Blue Moon reading and book launch were the features of FVPS’s first poetry night after the summer break, September 12th.

Brayden Sawatzky, Erin Fisher and Michael Linburg, co-creators of the just published anthology Spirit Path began the evening by each reading selections from their segments of the book.


Brayden, Erin & Michael pose with Spirit Path (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)


Brayden Sawatzky (Photo © 2016 b V. Nesdoly)

Brayden intrigued us all with four poems from his “Garden of Poets” section—21 poems that describe inspiration he has gained from the society and individual members of it. He supplements these poems with quotes from the Bible and other sources.What a gracious and affirming beginning to a book by three authors.

He also read from other sections of the book. A poem of his I found particularly poignant begins:

“On highways to our destinations
traveling with our heaviness
wishing for lightness of being
our cares will slow us to a stop
dangerously close to devastation…” – from “Lightness of Being” – p. 61.


Erin Fisher (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)

Erin Fisher surprised us all by presenting writings of hers longer than just a few lines. But even in the longer selections, her poems retain the cryptic distillation of which she is such a master. The three sections: “early, early words,” “early words,” and “later words” illustrate how she has grown in the skill of editing herself, stripping away all that is extraneous to the sinew and bone of metaphor and suggestion. To wit:

“in my mind’s eye a friend,
a bond that cannot be grasped,
would you interrupt every snowflake
to verify its beauty?” – from “early words” p. 156.


Michael Linburg (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)

Michael Linburg entertained, probed, and inspired us with his well-crafted pieces. He delivered the clever ending to his poem “Randomness” with just the amount of deadpan its punchline wanted:

“And if by chance
You happen to find
That things are not falling
The way you want
There is the distinct possibility
That it was me” – “from “Randomness,” p. 214.

But it was his poem “I Am,” full of its hard-earned affirmations that will stick with me long past the evening.

Well done, you three (and Alvin Ens, who got the book ready for the press)! This 266-page book sells for $20. Contact Brayden Sawatzky for details on how to get your own copy.

After a short break for refreshments, catching up, buying books etc., we reassembled for the open mic portion of the evening. Thirteen poets delivered the usual varied smorgasbord of poems, from our founder Donna Bishop’s rendition of “Encouragement’ to Terry Broadworth’s poem about learning to love herself. (Only 12 are pictured. I read too but there is no photographic proof.)



September 12, 2016 FVPS Open Mic readers (Photos © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)

Thanks to all who came out to read and listen!

Now mark your calendars for our next poetry night, Monday, October 3rd (6:30-8:30 p.m., Clearbrook Library, 32320 George Ferguson Way, Abbotsford, B.C.). It will be another Blue Moon Reading featuring Robert Martens reading from his most recent book Hush. An open mic will follow so come prepared to share something with us.

Also, remember that the deadline for submitting to our 2017 anthology in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday is quickly approaching (October 15th). See all the details on the Home page.

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Summer Solstice poetry

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on June 22, 2016

Fraser Valley poets gathered to ring in summer with poetry on the night of the summer solstice.


AEWe began the evening with a short presentation by Alvin Ens on “What Makes a Poem Good?” The ten items he listed are tools any poet does well to tuck into their toolkit:
1. Interesting thought.
2. Emotion.
3. Good vocabulary with connotative words.
4. Imagery.
5. Conciseness.
6. Originality.
7. Sound effects.
8. Visual effects.
9. Concreteness (vs. abstraction).
10. Rhythm and rhyme (especially if it’s a more traditional poem).

Thank you, Alvin, for an informative and useful presentation!

Open Mic

During the open mic portion of the evening we enjoyed an interesting variety of poems from fifteen readers.

Though they’re not all pictured here in multiples, the variety of poses I captured during the reading got me thinking about how a poetry reading is not only about the words of the poem read but also about  tone of voice and body language. It’s a multi-sensory performance—and experience for the audience!

Reading a poem

Reading a poem’s
more than reading just words
about showers or summer
or hockey or birds.

It’s grimaces, eye flicks
a grin or a frown.
It’s where you are looking
upward or down.


It’s words clearly spoken
precisely intoned
to embellish the writing
you’ve carefully honed.


It’s mystery rhythms
that beat soft to loud
you’re part of the story
enchanting the crowd.

It’s significant pause
of emotional choke,
the punchline delivery
of a well-told joke.

Then hand over the mic
to the next girl or guy
while audience claps,
sighs a satisfied sigh.

© 2016 by Violet Nesdoly (All rights reserved)


June 20, 2016 –  Open Mic readers

FVPS will be taking a break from organized poetry nights during the summer. Sign up for our email newsletter to stay informed about summer activities of interest to poets in the Fraser Valley and Greater Vancouver area. But we’ll be back on Monday, September 12th, 6:30 at the Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way, Abbotsford) for more poetry and to celebrate International Literacy.

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Last poetry night of Spring 2016

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on May 31, 2016

Fifteen readers participated in the May 30 FVPS open mic. What a great evening!


05-30-16 readers

Photos – Violet Nesdoly and Ted Goodrich

Open Mic

Poets meet to read and word-play
thoughts about all kinds of things:
Life lived freely, Happy Birthday
Berries, Heroes, Frogs and Springs.

Memories and inspiration
read from binders, phones and books
ruminating observations
words and rhythms poet cooks

into humor and emotion
credo and philosophy.
Join us! Bring your versey potion.
You’re invited—and it’s free!

© 2016 by Violet Nesdoly

Our next poetry night is on the first day of SUMMER
June 20 – 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Clearbrook Library
32320 George Ferguson Way, Abbotsford B.C.

That evening prize-winning poet and teacher Alvin Ens will present a Workshop on WHAT MAKES A POEM GOOD?.

Come (with a poem in your pocket, just in case there’s a bit of open mic time)!

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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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Open Mic begins National Poetry Month on the right foot!

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on April 6, 2016

April is National Poetry Month. I hope you’re enjoying something poetic.

Unfortunately I (Violet) wasn’t able to attend last Monday’s poetry night (April 4th). Terry Broadworth who was there writes:

Thank you to all that came out to listen or read their poetry at Monday’s Open Mic. What a delightful evening meeting new folks and greeting old friends.

Thanks for the photo collages, Terry!

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Readers at the April 4 FVPS Open Mic.

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April 4, FVPS Open Mic attendees and readers

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More readers and the audience – April 4, 2016 Open Mic.

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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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