Cascadia Poetry Festival – Cumberland 2019

On October 4th & 5th, 2019, the Cascadia Poetics LAB will present the Cascadia Poetry Festival-Cumberland  in partnership with the Cumberland Community Forest Society (CCFS).  Our vision is to engage the public in a community-based literary arts festival, encouraging dialogue and collaboration between audience, writers, artists, and scientists to foster a deeper connection between all inhabitants and to Cascadia itself.

Most events take place at the Cumberland Masonic Hall,  2687 Dunsmuir Ave at the corner of Dunsmuir and First in Cumberland BC. See schedule for  workshops and Living Room locations.  All paid events range from $10 – $25. Tickets on sale now!

On Friday, October 4th, we are excited to be collaborating with the Cumberland Community Forest Society, co-hosting a Science Pub on Forest Fire Ecology and the Poetics of Climate Crisis. This event features climate scientist Dominick DellaSala and poet Sonnet L’Abbé. Touch and taste samples, on-theme beverages, live screen printing, and more!

Dominick DellaSala


Sonnet L’Abbé









Saturday morning, October 5th, there will be a panel discussion, Exploring the Poetics of Climate Crisis, where our poets, along with climate scientist Dominick DellaSala, all from diverse cultural backgrounds, discuss how we can creatively respond to the climate crisis, with ample opportunity for audience participation.

Saturday afternoon consists of four concurrent workshops,  followed by a free living-room-style open mic event for the entire community to share poetry in a supportive environment. Living Room event – 3:30 at the Abbey Studio, 2689 Penrith Ave.

Our Saturday night reading features Jan Zwicky, Matt Rader, Jordan Scott, and Jordan Abel. 7pm at the Masonic Hall

Matt Rader

Jordan Scott

Jordan Abel

Jan Zwicky

This year we are excited to be expanding our festival into the Cumberland Community School with an event featuring a presentation by climate scientist  Dominick DellaSala followed by a poetry workshop by Sonnet L’Abbé, using poetry as a way to help navigate and respond to climate catastrophe.

We respectfully acknowledge that this festival will take place on the unceded territory of the K’ómoks people.

Neil Garvie September 15th at the Abbey

Neil Garvie will be the featured reader at the Red Tree Reading Series, Sunday, September 15th, 2019, at the Abbey, 2689 Penrith Avenue, Cumberland, B.C. Doors open at 6:30. Join us for open mic, starting at 7 p.m. Come early to sign up. Suggested donation, $5.00.  No-one turned away for lack of funds.


About Neil

Here is Neil Garvie as few have seen him.  See no evil, hear no evil, say no evil.  Well, almost no evil, anyway.  Neil, once a school principal was known in his prime as a bit of a clown and a practical joker — a popular combination with the kids.


Unfortunately due to Vascular Parkinsonism, Neil had to leave work.  Now without his signature grin, store clerks misread his expressionless demeanor as being cranky.  But don’t worry, folks, he’s smiling on the inside.


Neil has a PhD in curriculum theory.  In an earlier life, he wrote curriculum, educational research papers, as well as social and environmental articles.

Neil’s most recent book of poetry is Silence Craves a Voice with Poplar Publishing.  Previous published books of poetry are School on the Hill and Wakonda Tales (co-authored).  Neil’s poems can also be found in various anthologies and magazines i.e. Ascent Aspirations, Living Sky, Canadian Stories, Transition, and Island Writer.

Neil will read selections from Silence Craves a Voice, its sequel Mother Nature Eats Her Kind, as well as a few edgier pieces (some funny, some sad) from his most recent chapbook efforts:  Off the Wall, Jigsaw, People of the TwilightNorthern Resentment, and A Room Full of Angry Women.  Neil’s work will cause you to smile, or at least leave you with something new to ponder.

Neil and wife Carol have six children, and together Gramma and Grampa Garvie have no less than 18 grandchildren.