Poets Converse With Street Art - A Walking Tour

Poets Converse With Street Art
- A Walking Tour

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Tours at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Starts and Ends at Central Library (735 Broughton Street)

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Poets Converse With Street Art - A Walking Tour hosted by Poet Laureate Yvonne Blomer and Youth Poet Laureate Zoé Duhaime, with guest poets Wendy Morton, Garth Martens, Rhona McAdam and Daniel G. Scott.

Starting and ending at the Central Library, poets led participants on a walking tour of downtown Victoria, providing ekphrastic (pronounced ek-fra-stic) poetry readings about art on the street. Ekphrastic is a Greek word and means a conversation between two pieces of art.

Art and poetry highlights included inaugural Poet Laureate Carla Funk’s Poetry Tree; artist Crystal Przybille's Raising a Tea Cup artwork with foodie Rhona McAdam’s response; and Przybille's Holding Binoculars artwork with Youth Poet Laureate Zoé Duhaime’s performative response.

The free tour was offered at 10 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. and included a stop at Open Space Gallery (510 Fort Street, 2nd Floor), where participants saw Spine, Anne J. Steves’ narrative and non-narrative use of string figures.

Poets Converse With Street Art - A Walking Tour was presented by the City of Victoria and the Greater Victoria Public Library.

Poet Bios

Poet Laureate Yvonne Blomer’s most recent collection of poems is As if a Raven (Palimpsest Press, 2014). Her first book, a broken mirror, fallen leaf was short listed for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Since 2009, Yvonne has been the Artistic Director of Planet Earth Poetry, a weekly reading series in Victoria, BC. In 2014 she became Victoria’s fourth Poet Laureate. www.yvonneblomer.com.


Zoé Duhaime is a young local poet and artist who was recently elected as the 2015 Youth Poet Laureate forthe city. She's a women's studies and religious studies major, and is working on on her first collection of page poetry and illustrations, called I Must Look Like A Fury.



Wendy Morton has seven books of poetry, and a memoir, Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast, in which her adventures as a corporate sponsored poet are revealed. She has been WestJet’s Poet of the Skies, Chrysler’s Poet of the Road. She is the founder of Canada’s Random Acts of Poetry. She is the recipient of the 2010 Spirit Bear Award, The Golden Beret Award and was made an Honorary Citizen of Victoria in 2011 for her contriubutions to the arts. In 2012 she was awarded The Colleen Thibaudeau Outstanding Contribution to Canadian Poetry from the League of Canadian Poets. For the past five years she has been working with First Nations students and their elders to record their stories in poetry called The Elder Project.

Garth Martens won the 2011 Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. His first book Prologue for the Age of Consequence (Anansi, 2014) was a Finalist for the Governor General's Award in Poetry. For nine years throughout northern Alberta and interior British Columbia he has worked in large-scale commercial construction. His poems have appeared in publications like Best Canadian Poetry in English 2014, Poetry Ireland Review, Hazlitt, This Magazine, Fiddlehead, and Prism. Last spring, in collaboration with Alma de España Flamenco Dance Company, he wrote and performed the libretto for Pasajes, an international production. Garth lives in Victoria.

Rhona McAdam is a poet and food writer who has lived in BC, Alberta, and England, and spent a year studying food in Italy. Ex-ville (Oolichan) is her sixth full-length poetry collection. Her publications include food poetry chapbooks: Sunday Dinners (JackPine, 2010) and The Earth’s Kitchen (Leaf, 2011); anthologies: Poems From Planet Earth (Leaf, 2013), Untying the Apron (Guernica, 2013), Force Field: 77 Women Poets of BC (Mothertongue, 2013) Rocksalt (Mothertongue, 2008); and previous collections Old Habits (Thistledown/Slow Dancer) and Cartography (Oolichan). Her first book of nonfiction, Digging the City: An Urban Agriculture Manifesto (RMB) was published in 2012.


Daniel Scott writes and has written in a variety of forms but finds life in poetry. He has two recent books of poems: black onion (Goldfinch Press, 2012) and terrains (Ekstasis Editions, 2014).  Other poems have appeared in The Antigonish Review, Island Writer, Poems from Planet Earth, Ypsilon Nieuws (in Dutch and English), Blind Poetics: Collection II and Radiant Among the Willows (a Patrick Lane edited chapbook).  Several recent academic publications have used poetry as a form of inquiry: Far from shore (in A Heart of Wisdom: Life Writing as Empathetic Inquiry, Peter Lang, 2012) and Loss: The ultimate philosophical problem (in the International Journal of Children’s Spirituality, Vol. 10-3, 2013). He has done radio and print journalism, and had four plays produced. He is currently an associate professor, School of Child and Youth Care, University of Victoria and is the incoming Artistic Director of Planet Earth Poetry. ​