Living Artfully – Photo from Victoria Launch

From top left: Mary Ann Moore, Bill Zuk, Roland Rasmussen, Kim Goldberg, Avis Rasmussen, Janet Rogers.

Six of us shared our words and art on Friday night at Victoria’s Moka House on Hillside (home of Planet Earth Poetry) from the new anthology Living Artfully: Reflections from the Far West Coast. In this collection, 42 painters, writers, carvers, and performers from Vancouver Island and adjacent coastal islands reflect on the interrelationship of geography and creativity when living on the edge of the world.

The Living Artfully anthology, edited by Anita Sinner and Christine Lowther, continues a theme the two women first explored some years earlier in a previous anthology they collaborated on: Writing the West Coast: In Love with Place. That anthology, published in 2008, featured a collection of essays by writers exploring how geography influences their writing.

Living Artfully expands the scope of inquiry to all the arts. In this collection, 42 creators from all artistic disciplines reflect on the struggles and challenges, as well as the joys and rewards, of pursuing creative expression out here on the edge of the world.

The Living Artfully anthology will soon be available at the University of Victoria bookstore. The bookstore has ordered it and is awaiting delivery.

Our launch on Friday night was professionally filmed by Lance Gilson of ICAN Entertainment & Productions. I will share the resulting film here on my Pig Squash Press blog once it is mounted on Vimeo. So stay tuned!

About Kim Goldberg

Kim Goldberg is an award-winning poet and journalist and the author of 7 books. Latest titles: UNDETECTABLE (her Hep C journey in haibun), RED ZONE (poems of homelessness) and RIDE BACKWARDS ON DRAGON: a poet's journey through Liuhebafa. She lives in Nanaimo, BC. Contact: goldberg@ncf.ca
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