What a superb afternoon of poetry we had during LitFest Week! It was like a summer solstice where the readings, including those from our open mic’ers, reached their zenith.
But we now have to turn our attention to next month’s featured poets, all of whom will be reading at Poetic Justice for the first time. We’re proud and honoured to have this very stellar line-up…
Fiona Tinwei Lam has authored two poetry books, Intimate Distances and Enter the Chrysanthemum and the illustrated children’s book, The Rainbow Rocket. Her poetry and prose appear in over 24 anthologies, including The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2010 and Slice Me Some Truth: An Anthology of Canadian Non-Fiction. She co-edited the non-fiction anthology, Double Lives: Writing and Motherhood, and edited The Bright Well: Contemporary Canadian Poetry about Facing Cancer. Her poems have twice been chosen for B.C.’s Poetry in Transit program. Her video poems have been screened locally and internationally. She is currently a writing mentor and instructor at SFU Continuing Studies.
Jeff Steudel’s poetry has appeared in several publications including Prism international, CV2, The Fiddlehead, sub Terrain, and Canadian Literature. He has received the Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize, and his work was chosen as a finalist for the CBC Literary Awards. Foreign Park, his first collection of poetry, was a finalist for the B.C. Book Prizes. Jeff lives in Vancouver.
Alan Woodland is a writer, poet, performer, and newspaper columnist. He has written three books, and his poetry has been featured on radio and television. For many years, he was Chief Librarian for the New Westminster Public Library. In 1993, harpist Lori Pappajohn and Alan co-founded Winter Harp, a concert ensemble of harps, flutes, rare medieval instruments, poetry and song celebrating the Christmas season. Alan has lived in Maple Ridge, British Columbia since 1957. He first met his wife, Pat, almost seventy years ago, and they have been married for close to sixty. They have four children and four grandchildren.
See you all on Sunday, June 19 at three o’clock. Lately, we’ve been packing out the joint, so get there on time, especially if you want to make it to the Open Mic list.