Ed Varney will be reading on May 19th at the Abbey.

Ed Varney will be the featured reader at the Red Tree reading series, Sunday, May 19th, 2019, at the Abbey, 2689 Penrith Avenue, Cumberland, B.C. Join us for open mic, starting at 7pm. Suggested donation, $5.00. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Ed Varney has been a poet, a visual artist, a book and zine publisher, an editor, a critic, a curator, a book designer, and a printer. He has a BA and an MA in English Literature. He has never worked for the man.

   He began writing poetry and making art and visual poetry as a teenager and has never stopped. He has produced 26 books and chapbooks in the last 50 years and his work has appeared in numerous publications and exhibitions in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

   Varney lives quietly in Royston, BC, Canadada. He is not into self promotion but he does have 1400 friends. He is currently the archivist at The Museo Internacionale de Neu Art, an editor at The Poem Factory, and a Senior Fellow at The Specific Research Institute. He does not have a cell phone but can be reached at evarney@shaw.ca

Cascadia Poetry Festival in Anacortes

The Cascadia Poetry Festival returns May 9-12, 2019, in Anacortes, Washington! All events except workshops will happen at the Croatian Cultural Center, 801 5th Street in Anacortes. In addition to a tribute to Sam Hamill, there will be the launch of two anthologies, one a festschrift for Sam and one, a bilingual poetry anthology in Spanish and English, Make It True meets Medusario. Among the confirmed poets scheduled poets are José Kozer (winner of the 2013 Neruda Award from the Chilean government), Shin Yu Pai, Washington Poet Laureate Claudia Castro LunaStephen CollisWilliam O’Daly, Tim McNultyStephen Kuusisto and others to be announced. Gold passes, admission to all events except master workshops, will be $25 and are on sale now:

Reminder, Dan Kirk is reading this Sunday, March 17

Dan Kirk is the featured reader at the Red Tree reading series, Sunday, March 17, 2019, at the Abbey, 2689 Penrith Avenue, Cumberland, B.C. Join us for open mic, starting at 7pm. Suggested donation, $5.00. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Co-Founder of Poetry at Red Tree (this series, when it started in Courtenay) and also the Cascadia Poetry Festival-Cumberland, Dan is a teacher and has been writing and presenting poems, and telling stories for more than 20 years.Dan has read at the Cascadia Poetry Festival, 15 Minutes of Infamy in Nanaimo, Words on Fire in Port Alberni, QUAC in Qualicum and other venues around B.C. He is currently working on an anthology of Comox Valley poetry with Ed Varney. As is the custom, an open mic will precede the featured poet with an eclectic mix of local poets; some you might be familiar with, some might be a pleasant surprise, and some might be both.

Born and raised in Vancouver, Dan lived on Cortes Island before making Courtenay his home. Dan has made his living as a crane operator, a boomer, a towboater, an oyster farmer, a silvicultural contractor, a Zamboni driver and most recently as a high school teacher. He and his wife, artist Lisa Kirk, raised their now adult children on Cortes and in Courtenay.

This monthly event, Red Tree Poetry at The Abbey, and the venue are casual and welcoming. Arrive around 6:45 to sign up for the open mic.  With the relocation of Red Tree Poetry to Cumberland and the last two years of the Cascadia Poetry Festival (featuring poets from around the Cascadia Bio-region) Cumberland is becoming a hub for poetry and other arts.

Bring a poem (or three), a friend (or two), or just come along on an artist’s date with yourself and meet those folks like you, that like to be stirred by words and the music they make.

 

Also, want to let everyone know what Paul Nelson and SPLAB are up to.

Cascadia Poetry Festival-Anacortes 2019: A Tribute to Sam Hamill

The Cascadia Poetry Festival returns May 9-12, 2019, in Anacortes, Washington! All events except workshops will happen at the Croatian Cultural Center, 801 5th Street in Anacortes. In addition to a tribute to Sam Hamill, there will be the launch of two anthologies, one a festschrift for Sam and one, a bilingual poetry anthology in Spanish and English, Make It True meets Medusario. Among the confirmed poets scheduled poets are José Kozer (winner of the 2013 Neruda Award from the Chilean government), Shin Yu Pai, Washington Poet Laureate Claudia Castro LunaStephen CollisWilliam O’Daly, Tim McNultyStephen Kuusisto and others to be announced. Gold passes, admission to all events except master workshops, will be $25 and are on sale now: