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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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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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Poetry in the park

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on June 29, 2015

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Poetry reading in Mill Lake Park

Poetry reading – Brayden Sawatzky, T. W. Goodrich, Joe Mrak and Violet Nesdoly (Photo by T.W. Goodrich)

Four poets shared several poems each during a reading time.

We also had a table where we showed off our books, passed out brochures to anyone wanting information, chatted with each other, and even wrote a little poetry.

Magnetic poetry by Michael and Joe

Magnetic poetry by Michael and Joe

Magnetic poetry by Terry and Erin

Magnetic poetry by Terry and Erin

Magnetic poetry by alvin

Magnetic poetry by Alvin

Magnetic poetry by Violet and some of us, just hanging out.

Magnetic poetry by Violet and some of us, just hanging out.

The Fraser Valley Poets Society now takes a break for the summer.

Please plan to join  us when we begin our fall readings

Monday, September 14th
6:30 – 8:30
Clearbrook Library 32320 George Ferguson Way
Abbotsford B.C.

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Last spring reading launches another book!

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on June 17, 2015

An excellent and happy meeting of the Fraser Valley Poets Society took place on June 15th.

Michael Linburg launched his new book All My Paths Are One.

Michael Linburg reads from his new book All My Paths Are One. (Photos by T. W. Goodrich)

Michael Linburg reads from his new book All My Paths Are One. (Photos by T. W. Goodrich)

There were new faces to meet and greet (always a happy sign).

A good time at the June 15 Blue Moon Reading (Photos by T. W. Goodrich)

A good time at the June 15 Blue Moon Reading (Photos by T. W. Goodrich)

Poetry readings were many and varied, with the original theme of summer, then a second reading of whatever was available.

Some of the June 15th open mic readers (Photos by T. W. Goodrich)

Some of the June 15th open mic readers  (Photos by T. W. Goodrich)

In brief, a good time was had by all with lots of drinks and cookies etc.

– Report and photos by T. W. Goodrich

Though we will be taking a break from formal readings for July and August, FVPS will be part of the Abbotsford Arts Council Meet and Mingle in the Park event on June 27th (Mill Lake Park near Kariton Gallery on Ware St.) – 2:00 – 7:30 p.m. 

Come by, say hello (we’ll have our own clearly marked table), and if you’re around between 2:30 – 2:50, you might just hear some of us read as part of the afternoon’s entertainment.

 

Our next Clearbrook Library reading is scheduled for:

September 14th

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Clearbrook Library – 32320 George Ferguson Way

More details to come as they are available.

For more photos of Monday’s reading and to keep informed about all FVPS events, check out FRASER VALLEY POETS SOCIETY on Facebook.

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Triple Treat

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on May 7, 2015

The Monday, May 4th Blue Moon Reading held a triple treat for all who attended. Three young poets shared their work in 15 minute segments that many of us wished would go on longer.

Olivia Sharpe was the first of our guest readers. Her existential poems were full of interesting and original imagery that linked nature to memories of childhood, school, and her present life. There was hope. There was love. There was self-acceptance, family and a broccoli farm. Her pleasing image of faithless clouds contrasted to the faithful sun is still floating around in my head many days later. Thank you, Olivia, for sharing yourself and your poems with us!

Olivia Sharpe reading poetry

Olivia Sharpe reads at the May 4, 2015 FVPS Blue Moon Reading

Mackenzie Lee, our second reader, read poems on the theme of seasons. Her poem about the library contained fabulous lines and certainly warmed the cockles of this bibliophile’s heart. She also has keen senses when it comes to nature, sharing poems about wind, water and light, and bringing people and relationships into them with skill and originality.  Thank you, Mackenzie, for your most enjoyable presentation!

Mackenzie Lee - poetry reading

Mackenzie Lee reads at the May 4, 2015 FVPS Blue Moon Reading

Open mic readings were sprinkled between the guest readings. We enjoyed the usual variety that included a light poem about a lobster by Ted, poems about his father by Alvin, a poem in the voice of a resident of a senior’s complex by Terry, a couple of poems read from A Familiar Shore by Emily, a poem in memory of Rinelle Harper by Shelley—and many more!

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Some of the FVPS Open Mic readers – May 4, 2015 Blue Moon Reading

Our final reader, Adriel Brandt was definitely icing on the cake. He read poems of nature and to nature. I don’t think I’ll ever look at a crow the same way after hearing his three-part ode to this evil, versus mysterious, versus magical bird. He also shared a poem about a library (I’m sure I saw our host room glow) and capped off his reading with a spoken-word-type performance of “I’ve got time” (well, I’m not sure that’s what it was called, but the line “I’ve got time” kept recurring). Thank you, Adriel for your stellar reading and performance!

Adriel Brandt reading poetry

Adriel Brandt – reading at the FVPS Blue Moon Reading May 4, 2015

Now mark you calendar for our next reading night at the usual time and place:

FVPS Poetry Night
June 15 – 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Clearbrook Library
32320 George Ferguson Way
Abbotsford, B.C.

More details to come.
 

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First Blue Moon of 2015

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on March 24, 2015

Emily Pohl-Weary was our guest and featured Blue Moon reader on Monday, March 23rd. She began the evening with a short introduction and show-and-tell of the many  projects in which she’s been involved over her years of writing as a member of Toronto’s literary community.

Then she told of a shooting in her Toronto neighbourhood in 2006 that touched her and the lives of those close to her.

We listened spellbound to the poetry in Ghost Sick, the book of poems she published earlier this year, which delves into the numbness, shock, disbelief, outrage, and eventual return to equilibrium she experienced as she worked through this tragedy. Her “poetry of witness” was raw, moving, and challenged me, and I’m sure many of us, to be more  vulnerable, honest, and transparent in our own writing.

March 23 Blue Moon Reading with Emily Pohl-Weary

March 23 Blue Moon Reading with Emily Pohl-Weary

Coffee and chatting was followed by the workshop part of the evening. After some periods of silence, broken only by the sound of scribbling pens and a few groans, we ended the program on a light note by reading our list poem creations.

 

Thanks so much, Emily, for a most enjoyable and interesting evening!

~**~**~**~

We meet on April 13th for our next Blue Moon Event.

BG-coverI (Violet Nesdoly) am the featured reader that night. I’m excited to introduce three poet friends with whom I’ve worked for seven years. Though none of them will be with us  in person, I’ll be reading their poems and a few of mine from the anthology Borrowed Gardens that we published jointly in December of 2014.

There will be an open mic following the Blue Moon feature. Everyone is welcome to this free event.

 

April Blue Moon Reading:


April 13, 2015
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Clearbrook Library – 32320 George Ferguson Way
Abbotsford, B.C.

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First Blue Moon reading of 2015

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on March 5, 2015

We’re excited to have Emily Pohl-Weary, current Writer-In-Residence at University of the Fraser Valley as our guest on March 23rd.

Emily will read from her just-out book of poems, Ghost Sick, and do a workshop. There will be no open mic on March 23rd.

The public is warmly invited to this free event:

Monday, March 23rd, 6:30-8:30
Clearbrook Library
32320 George Ferguson Way,
Abbotsford B.C.

FVPS Poster for March 23, 2015

FVPS Poster for March 23, 2015

Then mark your calendars for April 13th, when Violet Nesdoly will be the featured reader, sharing selections from the anthology Borrowed Gardens (authored by four Vancouver area poets).

There will be an open mic on April 13th.

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Two readings begin FVPS year

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on March 3, 2015

A Rhyme and Reason at the Cottage

On February 28th, nine Fraser Valley Poets Society members gathered with residents and outside guests at the Cottage (a Fraser Health complex in Abbotsford) to enjoy a shared love of poetry.

Poetry Society members and residents took turns reading to the crowd. We heard original poetry as well as old favourites. It was a wonderful hour of sharing words and friendship.

A big thanks to Terry Broadworth who organized the program and was our MC for the morning.

FVPS members read at the Cottage #1 - February 28, 2015

FVPS members read at the Cottage #1 – February 28, 2015

FVPS members read at the Cottage #2 - February 28, 2015

FVPS members read at the Cottage #2 – February 28, 2015

First Open Mic of 2015

Two days later, on Monday, March 2nd, we gathered again to officially get our reading year underway with an Open Mic evening.

The whole evening was given to reading our work. We circled the table at least three times. It was especially gratifying to welcome some new poets to the reading.

It was a good start and we’re looking forward to a great year of Blue Moon readings and open mics.

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