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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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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.

 

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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);

and

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!

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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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FVPS Founder Launches Book at 90

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on September 10, 2014

A crowd of friends, family, and Fraser Valley Poets Society members were on hand Monday, September 8th, to launch Encouragement: Writings by Donna Bishop with tributes and poems by friends.

Donna’s cab was late and it felt like waiting for the bride! A round of applause met her entry and the program began. President Brayden Sawatzky led off by welcoming everyone and reading a poem (notice the vintage Poets Potpourri buttons on his hat).

Editor of the book Alvin Ens explained how he assembled the book by consulting with Donna and her family, looking through old PPS anthologies, contacting former members, and canvassing all and sundry for photos.

Violet Nesdoly, co-editor, talked about the member poems section and read snippets to show the book’s variety and whet readers’ appetites for more.

Rhonda Nicholls, Donna’s daughter, expressed her family’s thanks for the work put into the book by FVPS members. “You managed to capture the essence of who Mom is,” she told Ens.

Then Donna took the mic and, after  opening comments, read selections from Encouragement.  Just two weeks shy of her 90th birthday, her voice was strong, her reading clear, and she kept us all spellbound.

Shelley Haggard and Jaye Low (one of PPS’s former presidents) rounded out the first half of the evening by giving Donna their congratulations and reading.

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Break time was taken up with photos, reunions, book sales and food!

 

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During the second half of the program, FVPS contributors read their tributes or poems  from the anthology part of the book. A long-time family friend concluded the evening with his memories and warm congratulations.  The time to disband came much too soon!

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Our  2014 Blue Moon Reading Series concludes with a final reading on October 6th when Brayden Sawatzky and Bridget Porter Oldale will launch a book. Mark your calendars and plan to celebrate with us the birth of another volume of Canadian poetry! 

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The celebration has begun!

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on September 1, 2014

On Thursday, August 28th, FVPS president Brayden Sawatzky, along with editors Alvin Ens and Violet Nesdoly presented Donna Bishop with her own copy of Encouragement.

Fraser Valley Poets Society anthology, Encouragement

Alvin Ens, Violet Nesdoly, Donna Bishop (holding Encouragement), Brayden Sawatzky

It was wonderful to have her daughter and two sons  on hand to celebrate with Mom.

Fraser Valley Poets Society anthology Encouragement

Back: Randy Bishop, Rhonda Nicholls, Rod Bishop
Front: Donna Bishop holding her book.

We present Donna with Encouragement

Rectangle of leaves,
her collected poems, prose
her Encouragement.
Daughter, two sons see eyes shine:
gathered fruit of a lifetime.

© 2014 by Violet Nesdoly (All rights reserved)

 

The celebration continues at Encouragement‘s public launch:

Monday, September 8th
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Clearbrook Library
32320 George Ferguson Way,
Abbotsford, B.C.

The Encouragement anthology will be available for purchase:
$15.00 / $12.00 (for members)

Hear readings from the book. Come for refreshments.

 

Everyone is welcome at this free event!

 

There will be no Open Mic on September 8th.

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Launch of ENCOURAGEMENT featuring FVPS founder

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on August 16, 2014

We’re excited to announce the launch of our newest project—an anthology titled Encouragement.

Encouragement features:

  • Writings (poetry and prose) of our founder, Donna Bishop.
  • Tributes to Ms. Bishop.
  • A section of member poems.

Everyone is invited to this free event!

September 8, 2014 Blue Moon Reading Poster

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