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Powerful Words: Poetry in the Springtime

April 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Canadian Club of Victoria’s 2021 cultural event celebrates National Poetry Month with an evening of poetry readings by Vancouver Island’s John Barton, Philip Kevin Paul, Marilyn Bowering, and Bryony Wynne-Jones. 

National Poetry Month’s theme year is Resilience, and what is more resilient than spring?

In this hour-long program, Philip Kevin Paul, Marilyn Bowering, and John Barton will each offer you their take on resilience (and spring) with poems they have chosen from their own body of work. Bryony Wynne-Jones, from the Poetry Institute of Canada and Young Poets (https://poetryinstituteofcanada.ca), will read poems by young writers from across the country who have entered the literary contests that the Institute runs each year for aspiring writers. 

Because of COVID-19, Powerful Words: Poetry in the Springtime will be held on Zoom, with the readers bringing spring right into your living room. 

Registration details will be available on the Canadian Club of Victoria’s website and Facebook on April 1, 2021

National Poetry Month was founded in 1998 by the League of Canadian Poets (www.poets.ca/npm) and is held every April, with readings and other literary happenings. 

More about the readers:

Philip Kevin Paul is a member of the WSÁ,NEC Nation from the Saanich Peninsula on Vancouver Island. His work has been published in BC Studies, Literary Review of Canada, Breathing Fire: Canada’s New Poets and An Anthology of Canadian Native Literature in English. Philip Kevin Paul’s second book of poetry, Little Hunger, was shortlisted for a 2009 Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry. His first book of poetry, Taking the Names Down from the Hill, won the 2004 Dorothy Livesay Award for Poetry. He lives on the Saanich Peninsula. 

Marilyn Bowering (www.marilynbowering.com) is a poet and novelist who lives in Victoria. Some of her works are What is Long Past Occurs in Full Light (poetry); To All Appearances A LadyVisible Worlds and What It Takes to Be Human (novels); and the libretto for Marilyn Forever (Gavin Bryars, composer.) She has been short-listed for the world-wide Orange Prize, long-listed for the Dublin Impac Award, twice short-listed for the Governor-General’s Literary Award for Poetry, and received the Dorothy Livesay, Gwendolyn MacEwen, Ethel Wilson, and Pat Lowther prizes as well as several National Magazine Awards. She lives in Esquimalt.

John Barton (www.john-barton.ca) is a poet, essayist, editor, and writing mentor. His books include For the Boy with the Eyes of the Virgin: Selected Poems, We Are Not Avatars: Essays, Memoirs, Manifestos, Lost Family: A Memoir, and  The Essential Derk Wynand. The recipient of three Archibald Lampman Awards, a CBC Literary Award, and a National Magazine Award, he was the co-editor of Arc Poetry Magazine from 1990 to 2003) and editor of The Malahat Review from 2004 to 2018. He lives in Victoria, where he is the city’s fifth poet laureate.

Bryony Wynne-Jones (www.paintingsbybryony.com)  As an adjudicator of the Poetry Institute of Canada and Young Writers, she has read thousands of delightful poems by children from age five to eighteen. Their insight, humour, sensitivity, and sense of their world is eye-opening, true, and sometimes breathtaking.  Family, friends, pets, school, bullying, and love are all approached with candour, and some with touching depth from ones so young.
Bryony is also an artist, watercolour and oil, primarily botanicals and birds and has been teaching painting and drawing for about twenty-six years. Her working life is divided between two arts that she is very close to; a life full of beauty: of nature in paint and human nature in words.

Register for this Zoom event here


April 21
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm