Monday, May 16, 2011

MayWorks Poetry: Wendy Morton & David Fraser

Photos of the Event

Date: Saturday, May 21st, 2011
Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: Nanaimo Musieum, 100 Museum Way, Nanaimo

Contact Person: David Fraser
Description: Join poets Wendy Morton and David Fraser for Day Two of Nanaimo’s Mayworks Poetry Festival celebrating working class poetry. Come early at 1:00 pm to have Wendy or David write a flash poem about your own life and work after a brief interview with you.

And bring a poem of your own about work or everyday life to share at the open mic at 2:00 pm.

(Let’s hope you already made it to Day One of the Festival on Saturday, May 14, featuring poets Kate Braid and Kim Goldberg.)

Nanaimo’s Mayworks Poetry Festival is sponsored by Nanaimo Duncan and District Labour Council, Wordstorm Society of the Arts, Nanaimo Museum, Canada Council for the Arts, and League of Canadian Poets.

SCHEDULE (Saturday, May 21)

1:00 pm – Flash Poetry: Be interviewed by one of our two featured poets, Wendy Morton or David Fraser, who will then write you a short poem on the spot about your life and work. Interviews available on a first come, first served basis.

2:00 pm – Welcome, Opening Remarks, Open Mic Poetry
2:30 pm – David Fraser
3:00 pm – Short break
3:10 pm – Wendy Morton
3:40 pm – Wrap Up


WENDY MORTON has authored five poetry books and a memoir. Her latest book, What Were Their Dreams, is a collection of poems and archival photos about Canada’s history. Some of the poems are based on stories told to Wendy by First Nations people in the Alberni Valley. She is the recipient of the Spirit Bear Award instituted by poets Patrick Lane and Lorna Crozier, and The Golden Beret from the Calgary Spoken Word Society. Both awards honour Wendy’s enduring contributions to the poetic community in Canada.

DAVID FRASER is the founder and editor of Ascent Aspirations Magazine. His poetry and short fiction have appeared in many journals and anthologies including Rocksalt: An Anthology of Contemporary BC Poetry. He has published four collections of poetry, Going to the Well (2004), Running Down the Wind (2007), No Way Easy (2010) and Caught in My Throat (2011). To keep out of trouble, he helps develop Nanaimo’s spoken-word series, Wordstorm.
Cost: Free Event

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