Nanaimo’s first-ever Mayworks Poetry Festival of Working Class Culture began today with feature readings by Kate Braid and me, Kim Goldberg, plus lots of dynamite readers at the open mic, and a fabulous free workshop on Writing About Your Work delivered by Kate.
The whole thing took place in the main exhibition hall of the Nanaimo Museum downtown on Commercial Street where we read our work-based poems while surrounded by artefacts and displays of Nanaimo’s rich labour history – from the coal mines to the log booms to the railroad.
The Festival continues on May 21 with readings from David Fraser and Wendy Morton.
Show up at 1:00 pm and be interviewed by one of our two featured poets, who will then write you a short poem on the spot. Open mic begins at 2:00 pm, followed by our featured poets. And it’s all free!
Sponsored by: Nanaimo Duncan & District Labour Council, Wordstorm Society for the Arts, Nanaimo Museum, League of Canadian Poets, and Canada Council for the Arts.