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Poetry comes out of winter hibernation

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on January 30, 2015

Though our reading year doesn’t officially get underway until March, our member poets are active.

Emily Isaacson invites everyone to the launch of her newest book A Familiar Shore at the Reach on February 19th. See details on the poster below.

Isaacson book launch

Then plan to attend our first official reading of 2015

an OPEN MIC EVENING

March 2nd

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

Please also check the Poetry Around Town tab to see other literary opportunities available in the community.

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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
6:30-8:30
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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FVPS part of Christmas Artisan Market

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on November 19, 2014

Artisan MarketFraser Valley Poets Society members have been busy getting ready for the Christmas Artisan Market at High Street – November 21, 22 & 23. Anthologies published by the society as well as books by individual members will be available.

Come check out our table at this Christmas artisan fair, sponsored by the Abbotsford Arts Council.

More information about the Christmas Artisan Market at Highstreet  HERE. (Market is located across the street from London Drugs / Westland Insurance in the Highstreet Shopping Centre.)

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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!

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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New season, new name!

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on March 11, 2014

owl readingFraser Valley Poets Society will be hosting an open mic poetry reading on:

Monday, March 17

6:30 – 8:30 P.M. at the Clearbrook Library

32320 George Ferguson Way,

Abbotsford, BC.

Come to read your latest poems and/or to listen.

Please note we have changed our name from Poets Potpourri Society to Fraser Valley Poets Society. Same great free fare as always!

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Blue Moon shines again

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on September 12, 2013

On September 9th the Poets Potpourri Society resumed after taking the summer off.

To honour International Literacy Day, Sharon Crowley from Literacy Matters Abbotsford began the evening by telling us about some of the literacy programs available for all ages through her organization. (For information, check out their website).

Ten poets took advantage of the Open Mic segment, reading poems on an array of subjects, from summer to surgery, intellect to alienation, saying farewell to savouring the wine of life.

PPS Blue Moon readers 09-09-13

Literacy Matters Abbotsford guest Sharon Crowley (top right) and five of the PPS open mic readers 09/09/13.

More PPS open mic readers.  What poets eat (bottom right)

More PPS open mic readers.
What poets eat (bottom right)

After coffee time, featured reader Alvin Ens introduced his latest book, Must Have A Sense of Humour.

Violet and Irene, Alvin’s wife, read prose pieces from this witty collection, written over years with many prize-winning and previously published pieces in the bunch. Alvin concluded the reading by sharing several of the book’s poems. If anyone left frowning, it certainly wasn’t  his fault.

Alvin Ens launches Must Have A Sense of Humour  09-09-13

Irene and Alvin Ens launch Must Have A Sense of Humour 09/09/13

Now mark your calendars for our next and final Blue Moon Reading of the 2013 season. It will take place on October 7th (6:30-8:30, Clearbrook Library, 32320 George Ferguson Way, Abbotsford). Our featured reader that evening will be Satwant Pander. She will launch her collection of English poems and photographs—The Healing Power of Nature. (Poster coming soon!)

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Mission Writers and Readers Festival

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on January 15, 2013

Mission Writers and Readers Festival

—In Celebration of Indigenous Writers

POSTER - Mission B.C.Writers and Readers Festival

Date: March 9th, 2013
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: UFV Mission Campus, Heritage Park Centre
33700 Prentis Avenue, Mission BC
Fee:
Early Bird (available until Jan. 31) $35.00
Regular admission (after Jan 31): $40.00
Students (student id required): $20
Register in person at Lifetime Learning Centre or ONLINE
32444 – 7th Ave.,
Mission, BC V2V 2B5
Phone: 604-820-0220
Hours: Tues – Thurs 9 am – 3 pm

This event is also posted on the Poetry Around Town page.

Download a pdf file of the poster. WritersReadersFestival_MI_poster-new

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MSA PPS dates to mark for 2013

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on January 5, 2013

CalendarMark your calendar for these  MSA Poets Potpourri Society reading dates  in 2013:

  • March 11
  • April 8 (National Poetry Month)
  • May 13
  • June 10
  • September 9 (International Literacy Day)
  • October 7

Clearbrook Library (Meeting Room)
32320 George Ferguson Way
Abbotsford, BC

6:30-8:30 p.m.

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