A Pavilion of Blossoms: Poets Respond to Spring

Thursday, April 6, 2017

7 p.m.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

1040 Moss Street

Admission: By donation

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Join Victoria’s Poet Laureate Yvonne Blomer, Youth Poet Laureate Maita Cienska, Terry Ann Carter, Jeff Tanaka, Patrick Lane, Sidney Bending and Alana Sayers as they read poems in response to works from the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria’s Asian Art Collection. The works selected evoke the Cherry Blossom season and offer an opportunity for the poets to engage with the Gallery's collection on an intimate and personal level. A collaboration with the City of Victoria and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

Poet Bios

Yvonne Blomer is the City of Victoria’s poet laureate. For two years she lived in Japan and out of that experience her first book of poems, a broken mirror, fallen leaf was published in 2006 and shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Her most recent collection is As if a Raven and this spring Sugar Ride: Cycling from Hanoi to Kuala Lumpur will be released with Palimpsest Press.



Maita Cienska is Victoria’s 2017 Youth Poet Laureate. Now 19 years old, she has been composing and writing ever since middle school dramas tore from her pre teen soul. In the past couple of years she has embarked on a self journey through poetry and music, releasing an album and competing nationally in poetry slams. Maita writes for parts of us we don't know how to confront.



Terry Ann Carter is President of Haiku Canada and the author of five collections of long form poetry and five chapbooks of haiku. "Her road is both daring and humble. I think Master Basho would be delighted" – Sam Hamill. www.terryanncarter.com



Jeff Tanaka is a fourth generation uchinanchu / nikkei. For him, words serve as one of the most reliable pathways to his ancestors. He is grateful for the continued guidance of those who came before him in illuminating a path forward.




Patrick Lane is one of Canada's pre-eminent poets and winner of numerous awards, including the Governor General's Award for Poetry, the Canadian Authors Association Award, the Lieutenant Governor's Award for Literary Excellence and three National Magazine Awards. His distinguished career spans fifty years and twenty-five volumes of poetry as well as award-winning books of fiction and non-fiction. www.patricklane.ca



Sidney Bending is a retired graphic artist. Her poetry and flash fiction have been published in literary journals and anthologies in North America and New Zealand. A chapbook of small poems, Mute Crows, is available from Leafpress.ca. She is a member of Haiku Canada and collaborates with The Heron's Quill poetry group.




Alana Sayers is a writer and English Literature MA student from the Hupacasath (Nuu-Chah-Nulth) and Kipohtakaw (Cree, Treaty 6) First Nations. She is a winner of the SSHRC Graduate Scholarship. Her writing areas and research interests include indigenous literature, settler colonialism, and indigenous resurgence.