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  • Friday February 3rd, 7pm, public reading at the Arts Centre, by donation.

  • Saturday Feb 4th, day long poetry workshop at the Arts Centre, sliding scale $35-$65, (Scholarship and/or work trade available if money is an issue.)


To register, contact Sophia. $20 deposit will hold your space. About Yvonne Blomer:

In this one-day class we will read sample poems, write new work, and explore form poetry and how we can use poetry to respond to art, nature and the changing world around us. Forms Yvonne will offer include the triolet and ghazal as well as the ekphrastic poem where students will respond to a piece of art.


Please bring photos of art you feel connected to, or a piece of art from your home or a photo of it. Also don’t forget pen and paper and a book of poems, or any writing that inspires you or that you are currently reading.


Yvonne Blomer lives on the traditional territories of the WSÁNEC´ (Saanich) peoples of the Coast Salish Nation. Her most recent book is The Last Show on Earth, Caitlin Press, 2022. This fall Palimpsest Press released Book of Places” 10th Anniversary Edition with new poems and layout. Yvonne’s poetry books also include As if a Raven (Palimpsest Press, 2015), and the anthologies Refugium: Poems for the Pacific and Sweet Water: Poems for the Watersheds (Caitlin Press, 2017 and 2021). Sugar Ride: Cycling from Hanoi to Kuala Lumpur is her memoir exploring body, time, and travel. Yvonne is the past Poet Laureate of Victoria, B.C. and Arc Magazine’s poet-in-residence for 2022-23.

City of Victoria Poet Laureate 2015-2018, The Last Show on Earth (Caitlin Press, 2022), Author of Sugar Ride: Cycling from Hanoi to Kuala Lumpur (Palimpsest Press, 2017)

Editor of Refugium: Poems for the Pacific (Caitlin Press 2017) and Sweet Water: Poems for the Watersheds (Caitlin Press, 2020).

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