Pop-up Poetry was a series of fun outdoor poetry readings for all ages that celebrates National Poetry Month in April 2013.
Saturday, April 6, Noon – 3 p.m.
Central Library Square, 735 Broughton Street
Fernwood Square (next to Belfry Theatre)
Live music by local guitarist Rik Leaf
St. Ann's Academy National Historic Site, 835 Humboldt Street
Janet Rogers, City of Victoria Poet Laureate
A Mohawk writer from the Six Nations band in southern Ontario, Janet Rogers was born in Vancouver, British Columbia and has resided in Victoria since 1994. A published and award-winning poet, she has worked and studied in the genres of poetry, short fiction, spoken word performance poetry, video poetry and recorded poems with music and scriptwriting. Janet Rogers hosts Native Waves Radio on CFUV 101.9fm and Tribal Clefs every Tuesday on CBC Radio One. Her video poem What Did You Do Boy, created in support of a spoken word track from her CD Firewater, earned nominations at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards 2009 and the Native American Music Awards 2010. (Saturdays, April 6, 13 and 20)
Learn more about Victoria's Poet Laureate.
Aysia Law, Youth Poet Laureate
Alexa Badea-Hasasian is the insomniac love-child of stage and poetry. Last summer, she wrote and co-directed a play for Victoria's 150th Anniversary called Letters From Fort Victoria. Alexa is also a student at the University of Victoria, finishing her undergrad in Theatre/Writing (a now extinct degree), and is thrilled to be included in Pop-Up Poetry. (Saturday, April 6, Central Library)
A past President of the League of Canadian Poets, Dennis Reid has published 10 books: five of poetry, three on fly fishing, one novel, and one non-fiction. Dennis has deep interests in a number of areas, including cutting-edge brain science, as well as artistic creativity, and has developed 70 different approaches to help artists do their best work. His next book of poems,You Shall Have No Other, is being made into web-based movies as its first incarnation. He has just finished a book of glosas and also has a historical novel, Bamfield, in the mail. (Saturday, April 13, Fernwood Square)
This is the buzz. It could be bees knees, bee disease or the birds and the bees. Former City of Victoria Poet Laureate and Canadian People's Poet, Linda Rogers, sister of Janet, has truth tourettes, a self-entertaining form of pre-dementia. Not for the easily dismayed. Rogers will speak of many things in the languages of poetry, fiction, journalism and song. You never know. Sometimes she is supported by the uxorious mandolinist Rick van Krugel. (Saturday, April 13, Fernwood Square)
AltogetherLisa – aka Lisa Webster-Gibson
Portia Carryer is a native Californian who followed her heart to Victoria in order to pursue an MFA in poetry. She and her cat are both Geminis. Her work tends toward the sexual and the feminine, and explores the ways in which we construct ourselves. Her poems have appeared in a number of literary journals in America. (Saturday, April 20, St. Ann's Academy National Historic Site) )
About Poetry Month
Established in Canada in April 1999 by the League of Canadian Poets, National Poetry Month brings together schools, publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, and poets across the country to celebrate poetry and its vital place in Canada's culture. Communities and businesses participate through readings, festivals, book displays, and other events.
The goal of National Poetry Month is to expand and educate poetry audiences, especially young audiences, and to increase the profile of poetry and poets, while boosting sales of Canadian poetry books. National Poetry Month has inspired an increase in reading, writing and teaching of Canadian poetry. National, provincial and regional media report on many National Poetry Month events, review poetry books and interview poets. Learn more.Go to Top