Louis Barrett Stevenson is the featured reader at the Red Tree reading series, Sunday, April 28th, 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!
Born in Whitehorse, raised across Canada, son of Cree woman and English/Norwegian Canadian soldier, educated at various colleges and universities in BC, Louis has worked in Australia, China and many logging camps in BC. His teachers include Barry McKinnon, Robin Skelton, Steve Jones, Marilyn Bowering, Frank Moher, and David Suzuki. He says he didn’t always do well, but the teachers were very good.
He has been heavily influenced by the classics in China, and by the people of China. He likes play jazz and Irish traditional music. Peace; Amituofo. He is a practicing Ch’an Buddhist and meditates daily. Louis now lives in Cumberland and is retired, although he has recently become the head gardener for the well known Irish musician, Peter Gilmore. He has some great new work about how some of his best friends are poachers, his memories of China and the travesty of the herring fishery.
At our AGM in March, Adelia MacWilliam stepped down as President of the board in order to focus her time as Artistic Director of Cascadia Poetics LAB events, which include our biennial festival, biennial retreat, the Red Tree reading series, and the soon-to-be-launched poetry workshop series.
New to the board is Claire Gilmore, Comox resident and managing editor of the Watershed Sentinel magazine.
Louis Stevenson was voted new board President, Sophie Gilmore stays on as Vice-President and Treasurer, and Danika Dinsmore stays on as Secretary. Members-at-Large Ed Varney and Carla Stein will also continue for their second year.
Our board brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table.
In other news, we’ve received our first government grant from B.C. Arts for the 2019 poetry festival. Stay tuned for more updates on the 2019 festival lineup and program.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Luna, Stephen Collis, William O’Daly, Tim McNulty, Stephen Kuusisto and others to be announced. Gold passes, admission to all events except master workshops, will be $25 and are on sale now: