Tuesday, September 26
St. Paul's, Anglican Church
100 Chapel St. Nanaimo
Open Mic Starts at 7pm
bring a poem (3 minutes) or prose (5 minutes) or sing an original song
Yvonne Blomer is an award winning writer and the Poet Laureate of Victoria, British Columbia. Born in Zimbabwe, she has lived in Japan and England and has cycled in Southeast Asia, Japan, Mexico, Canada, France and the UK. Sugar Ride: Cycling from Hanoi to Kuala Lumpur (Palimpest Press, 2017) is her most recent book about her three month journey by bicycle. She has also published three poetry collections, most recently As if a Raven (Palimpest Press, 2014). In the fall of 2017 Refugium: Poams for the Pacific, edited by Yvonne will be released with Caitlin Press.
Rhonda Ganz: Crime fiction, reality TV and bad dreams inform Rhonda Ganz's poetry, which has appeared in Rattle, The Malahat Review, on city buses and the anthologies Rocksalt: An Anthology of Contemporary BC Poetry, Poems from Planet Earth, Poet to Post and Force Field: 77 Woman Poets of BC. A poem of hers was chosen by Harvard Design Magazine for their December 2015 issue "Shelf Life." She has been a featured reader at Planet Earth Poetry in Victoria, WordStorm in Nanaimo, Word on the Street in Vancouver and at the Galiano Literary Festival. Rhonda was born in Kenya. She now lives in Victoria where she works as a graphic designer and editor. She shares a home with one human and varying numbers of cats. Speaks German and can hold a conversation in Swahili. She has been known to write poems on the spot for people in hotel lobbies, parks and cemeteries.
Sponsored by The League of Canadian Poets, The Writers' Union of Canada, the City of Nanaimo and the Canada Council for the Arts.