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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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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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Last Blue Moon reading night of the season

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on September 22, 2014

The last Blue Moon reading night of the 2014 season, MONDAY, OCTOBER 6,  will launch Of Wind and Flame, a project of two FVPS poets: Bridget Porter Oldale, and our president Brayden Sawatzky.

The open mic portion of the evening will follow the book launch and refreshments.

FVPS Blue Moon Reading poster for October 6, 2014

The Clearbrook Library is located at
32320 George Ferguson Way
Abbotsford, B.C.

Everyone is invited to this FREE EVENT!

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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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June open mic

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on June 7, 2014

A group of seven poets met in a cozy circle Monday, June 2nd, for our June Open Mic. As usual, the poems were varied in subject (nature, relationships, people, the meaning of life—you name it…)  and author with several readers sharing favourite poems of others along with writings of their own. What better way to spend a Monday night than sipping on a coffee or juice, eating homemade cookies, and reading poetry?

 

Fraser Valley Poets Society Open Mic June 2, 2014 collage

Six of the seven June 2nd open mic readers.

Fraser Valley Poets Society will now be taking the summer off. Our next event is September 8th, when we hope to launch a very special anthology honouring our founder, Donna Bishop.

 

September 8, 2014

Launch of Encouragement (Anthology)

& International Literacy Day

6:30-8:30

Clearbrook Library Meeting Room
32320 George Ferguson Way
Abbotsford, B.C.

(On September 8th we will forgo the open mic portion of the evening and focus our attention on the launched book).

Everyone is invited to this free event!

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The business of poets

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on May 14, 2014

Our May 5th meeting began half an hour earlier than usual with the reading and discussion of our reworked constitution and bylaws. We were thrilled to have in attendance our founder, Donna Bishop.

After discussion on some points, the document was passed. The Fraser Valley Poets Society now has an updated constitution and set of bylaws reflecting our new name and the changing times. Thanks so much to Alvin Ens who piloted us through the constitutional waters!

 

Fraser Valley Poets Society May 5 mtng. #1 Fraser Valley Poets Society May 5 mtng. #2

The casual evening continued with chatting, a refreshment break, a mic-less open mic and members choosing books from a collection given to the society from the estate of a former poetry teacher.

Fraser Valley Poets Society - May 5 #4

Fraser Valley Poets Society - May 5 #3

Photos courtesy Brayden Sawatzky & Violet Nesdoly

 

Our next meeting is another Open Mic, June 2nd. All poets are invited to join us (you don’t need to be a member). Bring three or four poems and be prepared to read. Sign up with Brayden when you arrive.

Fraser Vally Poets Society Open Mic
June 2, 2014
6:30-8:30
Meeting Room of the Clearbrook Library
32320 George Ferguson Way
Abbotsford, B.C.

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First 2014 Blue Moon celebrates ‘little creatures’

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on April 12, 2014

An open mic segment  began the Fraser Valley Poets Society’s April 7th Blue Moon reading—our second reading of 2014. Ten readers performed works on subjects ranging from Malaysian flight 370 to brushing teeth in the shower. Several poets remembered Earth Day and one sang her thoughts in Punjabi.

Fraser Valley Poets Society  open mic readers April 7, 2014

Open mic readers – April 7, 2014

Alvin Ens proved to us that it’s official—our name change from Poets Potpourri Society to Fraser Valley Poets Society. He also announced a book giveaway for our next meeting (see below).

Fraser Valley Poets Society name change certificate

We are now the Fraser Valley Poets Society – name change certificate

Featured reader Robert Martens read from his newest book little creatures (Ekstasis Editions, 2013). The first section of the book, little creatures, has poems with titles like “cocoon to butterfly,” “the plague of the flea,” and “mother mosquito” leading listeners and readers to believe these will be about insects.

“They are about these little creatures,” Martens assured us. “But they’re also about more.” In addition to other poems he read “cricket moods” that speaks in picturesque language about cricket choruses throughout the day but also illustrates the sinister power of voices raised collectively.

From the book’s second section more creatures, looking for a home Martens read the moving poem “father jacob”—a poem about his dad. He ended his reading with the entertaining and tongue-in-cheek “i will not wear purple.”

Robert Martens reads from little creatures

Robert Martens reads from little creatures

As usual, Martens’ reading was entertaining but too short! Sales of his book were brisk, and I now have a copy of my own. Since Monday night, I’ve spent not a little time chuckling over and pondering the poems in this thought-provoking, sometimes prickly, and often humorous collection. (The cover and title page drawings by Heinz Klassen add to the whimsy).

Purchase a copy from Ekstasis Editions.

Our next meeting is Monday, May 5th. It will begin at 6:00 p.m. (note the change from the usual 6:30) to accommodate the membership taking some time to ratify our amended constitution. We hope to have lots of time, as well, for an open mic.

And of course, don’t forget about the FREE BOOKS! Alvin has a box full of poetry and poetry how-to books—part of the estate of a poetry teacher—for poetry buffs to claim and take home

Next meeting:

Open Mic
May 5 – 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Clearbrook Library Meeting Room
32320 George Ferguson Way
Abbotsford B.C.

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Robert Martens headlines FVPS April Blue Moon Reading

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on April 2, 2014

Celebrate National Poetry Month (April) with the Fraser Valley Poets Society!

We’re pleased to announce that our featured reader is local poet Robert Martens. He’ll be reading from little creatures.

 

FVPS Blue Moon Reading April 7, 2014

April 7, 2014 Blue Moon Reading poster

 

The evening will begin with an Open Mic.

Readers, please sign up with Brayden when you arrive.

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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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Join us for the last Blue Moon reading of 2013

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on September 19, 2013

PPS Blue Moon Reading October 7, 2013

PPS Blue Moon Reading October 7, 2013

Praise for Satwant’s book:

“As lovers of God’s creation in nature, Satwant Pander’s book The Healing Power of Nature pulled me into its pages. In her poem on Page 13, the line “The tree keeps me company when I am alone” –  how true! Nice to see her daughter Kiran’s comment – page 10  and also Soul to Soul, page 70″ – Donna Bishop (Founder of Poets Potpourri Society).

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