Fraser Valley Poets Society

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    Encouragement - Writings by Donna Bishop with tributes & poems by friends. FVPS 2014 anthology. Click on image for details.

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    Picking Flowers - Poems by Thurlow Gowan with tributes and poems by friends

    Picking Flowers - Poems by Thurlow Gowan with tributes and poems by friends. MSA PPS 2012 Anthology. Click on image for details.

  • River of Words

    River of Words - anthology published by MSA PPS in 2009. Click on image for details.

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    Selected Poems and Photos by Shelley Haggard

    In The Haggard Road Shelley shares her love of words and images. A beautiful first collection. Click on image for details.

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    I Am The Poem culminates a lifetime of teaching and thinking about poetry - by Alvin G. Ens. Click on image for details.

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    A poem collection by Violet Nesdoly, about the families we are a part of, and the homestead we all inhabit. Click on image for details.

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    Poetic Spirits of the Valley-an anthology representing 25 years of poetic history in the Fraser Valley. Click on image for more details.

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    A Poets Passion Revisited by T M Broadworth

    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

  • The Healing Power of Nature

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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.

  • A Poetic Kaleidoscope

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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.)

  • the space between the eyes

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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.

  • Magnoliye De Phul

    'Magnoliye De Phul' by Satwant Pander was inspired by Satwant's love of nature. Click on image for details.

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    Colours of My Heart - Poems by Surjeet Kalsey. Click on image for details.

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    Fritzy is a novelette, by Donna Bishop based on Fritzy's childhood. Informative reading for a ten year old. Delightful reading for an adult. Click on image for details.

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Christmas events end the FVPS year

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on December 8, 2014

Two November events rounded out 2014 for members of the Fraser Valley Poets Society.

  • On the weekend of November 21-23, we had a table at the Highstreet Artisan Christmas Market. Numerous members took turns selling our books. A big THANK YOU! to Ted Goodrich and Terry Broadworth who organized the books, pricing etc., and set up our display.


  • On Saturday November 29th, many of us met at Braun’s for our annual end-of-year potluck. The atmosphere was festive, the food delicious, the poems we shared in an around-the-room reading reminded us of the many wonderful facets of the Christmas season, and the gift exchange, with its opportunity to trade something we wanted for an unopened parcel, was a lot of fun.
FVPS 2014 November events.

(Top) FVPS table at the Highstreet Artisan Christmas Market.
(Below) Memories of the Christmas potluck.

FVPS 2014 November events.

More Christmas potluck memories.

The FVPS now takes a short winter break. We meet again in March:
March 2, 2015
Meeting Room of the Clearbrook Library
32320 George Ferguson Way,
Abbotsford B.C.

Details will be posted here when they become available.


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Last Blue Moon of 2014 launches Of Wind and Flame

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on October 8, 2014

A book launch is always exciting. When that book is the project of two poets, the energy and joy is doubled. Monday, October 6th was such a time for Brayden Sawatzky and Bridget Porter Oldale as they unveiled their joint project Of Wind and Flame. It’s a book not only easy on the eye, but a pleasure to the ear as well.

Brayden began the reading, modestly introducing himself as the warmup act before the main feature. He chose selections from the book that challenged us “…to touch the heart of ancient ways / for spirit paths to call your name” (from “Ancient Ways” p. 66); to “follow your heart / into the adventure of love” (from “With All of Your Heart” p. 79); and to build the bonfires that “…dance / upon the tombs of our regrets” (from “Koinonia” p. 93).

Bridget charmed us all with her lilitingly British-accented reading of these Celtic flavoured poems:

Drums, drums, multiple drums
The wizards and the witches in the wind
are crying all the way from Quileute to Zennor, … (from “Missal for Earthsaints,” p. 15);


You are us, O Blaidd, O Wolf
You are family, clan and tribe.

Maided Allaidh, O dear wild dog,
… I behold you now
on Wolfmoon Day… (from “Merlin’s Song to the Wolf” p. 21);

and my favourite:

…this cleaning of the board and trenchers
after all are done with eating and have
returned to work and to the world—
perhaps more sacred even than the happy
preparation… (from “Washing Up” p. 61).


Brayden Sawatzky and Bridget Porter Oldale read from Of Wind and Flame

Brayden Sawatzky and Bridget Porter Oldale read from Of Wind and Flame


This book is a treasure! You’ll want one. I’ll post purchase information as soon as I get it.


Fraser Valley Poets Society Blue Moon Reading

Bridget Porter Oldale and Brayden Sawatzky pose with their cake at the launch of  Of Wind and Flame

Coffee, cake (provided by our founder Donna Bishop), and other refreshments were followed by the open mic part of the night. Thirteen readers read pieces that went the gamut from exploring the meaning of Saskatchewan’s “Living Sky” to a tongue-in-cheek look at how the world would run if God were a woman.

Thanks so much to Stuart Oldale for providing a good quality mic for the evening!

Fraser Valley Poets Society Blue Moon Open Mic

Some of the open mic readers at the October 6th Blue Moon Reading

It’s hard to believe that the 2014 reading year is now over. But the high note on which the year ended augurs well for next year. Plans are underway. The Fraser Valley Poets Society has booked the library for the following reading dates in 2015:

  • March 23
  • April 13
  • May 4
  • June 15
  • September 14
  • October 5, 2015.  Mark your calendars!

Another important event is just around the corner as well. Our Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 20th, at 1:30 p.m. in the Clearbrook Library Seminar Room. Members, please come out to review the year that was and help make plans for the future!

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Roberts launches debut solo collection

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on May 15, 2013

Lovers of poetry gathered in the Clearbrook Library Monday, May 13th to read and listen to poetry. As usual the open mic offering was varied with poems on diverse topics: the cycles of life and nature to words and numbers and their mysterious hold on us (“I can do the math!” insists Alvin), and more.

Blue Moon poetry reading

Some of the open mic readers, Blue Moon reading May 13, 2013


After coffee Nicholas Roberts launched his first solo poetry collection, the space between the eyes. After his friend read an opening poem, Roberts told us a bit about his writing and publishing journey, and read from his handsome book.

PPS Blue Moon book launch - Nicholas Roberts

Nicholas Roberts reads from the space between the eyes – 1

The audience enjoyed poems that ranged in subject from the list of things one will find on his bed, to the poem that was the inspiration for the title of a previous collaborative publication —A Trail of Light:

I think she walked in meadows green,
and traced her path—a trail of light:
through fairy glasses she has seen
green winged dragons’ flight” – a space between the eyes, p. 42.

There was also humor. I was especially amused at “Conversation with an insect.” (He may not have read this on Monday night but I found it on my own later.) Who of us hasn’t watched an insect and wished we knew what he or she was trying to say?

“…And then, in another language,
he said something to me
in a whispered garble,
gestured with his forelegs, rubbing together
like hands in anticipation,
like fighting for warmth,
like a deviant genius…” -p. 71

No matter what his subject, Roberts manages to give it an unexpected twist that leaves us mulling over what we’ve just heard. He does that so well in “Paragon,” a poem about one of his pastimes, online gaming, which ends:

“…For all their intangibility
the feelings were real, as were the alliances I forged:
we who heeded the call to make a difference—
there were heroes inside all of us.” – p. 114.

The evening wound down with the audience asking for just one more and, after the reading, Roberts signed books.

Congratulations, Nicholas Roberts and your publishing team on a job well done!

PPS Blue Moon Reading & book launch

Nicholas Roberts launches the space between the eyes – 2

(To purchase your own copy of the space between the eyes, please contact the author via his website or twitter.)

Now it’s time to mark your calendars for June 10th,  our June Blue Moon Reading when PPS member Emily Isaacson will be the featured reader as she launches and reads from a new book.

Date – June 10, 2013
6:30 − 8:30
Clearbrook Library Meeting Room
32320 George Ferguson Way
Abbotsford, B.C.

Come prepared to read a poem or two during the open mic portion of the evening (6:30). Featured reading begins around 7:15.

To view other interesting poetry events available in the community, click on the Poetry Around Town tab.

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Blue Moon Reading – April 8

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on April 1, 2013

BlueMoon 04-08-13

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Get ready for the reading season!

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on February 22, 2013

March 11th, our first poetry night of the 2013 reading season, is just around the corner. Poetry reading and performance is an art form all its own. We’ll miss our speech and reading coach Thurlow Gowan.  Performance poet and teacher Renée LaTulippe to the rescue!

Renée has put together a seven-minute video that explains how to prepare for a poetry reading. Have a look/listen, and then get ready for March 11th.

Poetry Night March 11, 2013


Clearbrook Library (Meeting Room)

32320 George Ferguson Way

Abbotsford, BC

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