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Spring poetry reading

March 28th, 2022

The Federation of BC Writers has scheduled its monthly poetry reading session, In/Verse this April with Susan Alexander (at right) hosting.

To join the Zoom event on Saturday, April 9 at 1:55 pm register here ( and a Zoom link will be sent. When it’s time for the event, guests click on the Zoom link to join.

Susan Alexander, a former journalist, has authored two collections of poems, The Dance Floor Tilts (Thistledown, 2017) and Nothing You Can Carry (Thistledown, 2020). Her work has won multiple awards, including the Mitchell Prize for Faith and Poetry in 2019. Susan’s poems appear in anthologies and literary magazines in Canada, the U.K. and the U.S., have ridden Vancouver buses as part of Poetry in Transit and even shown up in the woods around Whistler. She lives on Nexwlélexm/Bowen Island, the traditional territory of the Squamish people.

Speakers include:

Lesley-Anne Evans

Lesley-Anne Evans, an Irish-Canadian poet, writes from Feeny Wood, a contemplative Christian woodland retreat in Kelowna, B.C., on the traditional unceded territory of the Syilx Okanagan Nation. Mute Swan: Poems for Maria Queen of the World (The St. Thomas Poetry Series $20) is her first collection of poems. Her periodical publications include The Antigonish Review, Cascadia Review, Contemporary Verse 2, Faith Today, and Presence Journal. She helped found “Red Couch,” an art gallery for marginalized artists, and co-created SEE: kelowna, a museum exhibit in the voices of those experiencing homelessness.

Michelle Poirier Brown

Michelle Poirier Brown is an internationally published poet and performer. She is nêhiyaw-iskwêw and a citizen of the Métis Nation. Her poem “Wake” won PRISM international’s Earle Birney Prize in 2019. The song cycle, “The Length of a Day” (Jeffrey Ryan, composer), premiered in 2021. Her work has appeared in Arc, CV2, Emrys Journal, The Greensboro Review, Grain, and Vallum and in several anthologies. A feminist activist, now retired from careers as a speech writer, conflict analyst, and federal treaty negotiator, she writes full-time and has taken up birdwatching. She lives in unceded syilx territory in Vernon, B.C.

Terence Young

Terence Young lives in Victoria, B.C. He is a co-founder and former editor of The Claremont Review (1992). His first book of poetry, The Island in Winter (Signal Editions, 1999), was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award and the Gerald Lampert Award. Since then, he has published several books: a collection of stories, Rhymes With Useless (Raincoast, 2000); a novel, After Goodlake’s (Raincoast, 2005); a second collection of poetry, Moving Day (Signature Editions, 2006); a second collection of fiction, The End of the Ice Age (Biblioasis Press, 2010); and most recently, his third collection of poetry, Smithereens (Harbour Publishing, 2021).


Digital doors open at 1:55 pm and the event starts at 2 pm.

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