Christine Lowther and Ursula Vaira will be the featured reader at the Red Tree Reading Series, Sunday, February 16th, 2020, 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. Looking forward to seeing everyone!!
CHRISTINE LOWTHER’s poetry books are New Power, My Nature and Half-Blood Poems. Her memoir Born Out of This was shortlisted for a BC Book Prize. She won the inaugural Rainy Coast Arts Award for Significant Accomplishment from the Pacific Rim Arts Society. Her prose piece “The Shaking Man” won first place in the nonfiction category of the Fed’s Literary Writes contest. Chris co-edited and co-authored two anthologies, Writing the West Coast and Living Artfully, but now prefers to contribute to projects like Cascadia, Rising Tides, Force Field, Refugium, Sweet Water, Canadian Ginger, Canada’s Raincoast at Risk, Walk Myself Home, Wild Moments, Risking for Change, etc., and to submit to The Goose and The Malahat Review.
Ursula Vaira’s writing is strongly located in landscape; her paddling journeys attempt the wilderness within. She published three long- poem chapbooks, and Caitlin Press published her first collection And See What Happens. Her current manuscript is the story of a damaged creek, the salmon who try to spawn in it, and the stream keepers who tend them as massive forces of population growth, deforestation, industry, and climate bombard us. Ursula is the founder and publisher of Leaf Press, publishing poetry since 2000, and the editor for WordWorks, the magazine of the Federation of BC Writers.
As well, the Cascadia Poetry Festival 2020 is happening on San Juan Island May 1st -3rd. Tickets available now. There are no single rooms left in the hostel so consider booking accommodation soon.
And to show solidarity with the First Nations people at this time – one of the best articles I’ve come across-