Please join us for the Grand Opening of this year’s Poem Gallery at the Nanaimo Harbourfront Library on Sunday, April 7 at 1:00 pm.
Nearly 50 local poets have poems displayed in this year’s Poem Gallery, making it the biggest one so far. And many of those poets will be on hand to read their selections on April 7.
These are the 48 poets featured in this year’s Poem Gallery:
Adam Cramb, Adreanna Dollman, Alison Hutzler, Amy Falkenberg, Andrew Brown, Angelika Kolompar, Caroline Woodward, Christine Lowther, David Fraser, David Merrifield, Diane Young, Dierdre Godwin, Dr. K.B. Emmott, Gerard Rochford, Greg Blanchette, Harvey Jenkins, Janet Beggs, Janice Lore, Jessica Dawson, Jim Erkiletian, Joe Lunch Bucket, Joe Rosenblatt, Judith Bilodeau, Kathy Inglis, Katy McCuish, Ken McVay, Kim Goldberg, Laurie (Peck) Hutchinson, Leanne McIntosh, Marian van der Zon, M.S. (Mark) Warrior, Mary Ann Moore, Mary Ella Read, Meldy Wilton, Michael Dance, Monique Smit, Naomi Beth Wakan, Pat Smekal, Penny Sidor, Richard Skipp, Robin A. Sams, Sandy Shreve, Stephen Novik, Tom Joseph, Ursula Vaira, Valerie Alia, Violet Walter, Winona Baker
I created Nanaimo’s First Poem Gallery in February 2008 during Freedom to Read Week. That original poem gallery was located in the picture window of a then-vacant business storefront downtown on Wallace Street at Fitzwilliam. The poems of 18 local poets were displayed for five months, until the building was rented.
I would like to see the windows of all vacant buildings papered with poems rather than brown paper or plywood. Poetry as skin of the city!
The Nanaimo Harbourfront Library liked the idea so much that there is now a permanent space at the library devoted to the Poem Gallery, which is changed annually each April during National Poetry Month.
The library’s Poem Gallery is mounted on the large picture windows facing onto Diana Krall Plaza. The poems being unveiled on April 7 will remain on display for a full year.
Free event. Everyone welcome. Light refreshments will be served.