Composer and librettist
Composer, Imant Raminsh and Librettist, Lesley-Anne Evans,
share a moment at dress rehearsal for LAKE of TEARS, a new Canadian Opera.

September 2020 LONGLIST – The Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year 2020, for When I said I Promise to Follow You All the Days of My Life I wasn’t Telling A Lie, Canterbury, Kent, England

• August 2020 – LONGLIST – PENfro Poetry Competition 2020, ‘Loving the Earth’ for What shows and What it Might Mean, Rhosygilwen, Cilgerran, Pembrokeshire.

• June 2020 OPENED Feeny Wood, a contemplative Christian retreat in Kelowna, B.C. offering times of individual solitude and small group gatherings.

• March 2019 FIRST PLACE (one of two awarded) The Federation of BC Writers – Who is the Other? 2019 Literary Writes Poetry Contest, for What You Carry, cash prize, publishing in WordWorks in print and online.

• August 2017 LAUNCHED SEE:kelowna, a collaboration between Metro Community and Kelowna Museums Society, in a permanent exhibit giving voice to those with lived experience of homelessness. Media: Kelowna Capital NewsOkanagan Life Magazine, Kelowna Daily Courier, Kelowna Capital News, Kelowna Now, Route 97, Castanet.net, Tourism Kelowna, Kelowna Museums.

• June 2017 LAUNCHED Red Couch: Art by Metro, an urban micro gallery with a social heart, offering free exhibition space and mentoring to Metro Community artists and friends. Media: CBC Radio West, Kelowna Daily Courier, Kelowna Capital News.

• March 2017 INVITED Adjudicator, Okanagan Arts Awards, Arts Council of the Central Okanagan.

February 2017 NOTED ALTARWORK Top Ten Read Posts Of 2016 – Top Work of Poetry “Enough

• Sept. 2016 INSTALLATION, Poetry Wall at Kelowna Gospel Mission Courtyard. Media: Global NewsKelowna Capital News, Kelowna Daily Courier, Castanet.net,

• April 2016 INSTALLATION, Wall of Hope, Metro Community. Media: CBC News,

• March 2016 FINALIST, Okanagan Arts Award for Artistic Excellence in Literature. Media: ARTSCO News, Infotel, Kelowna Now,

• Feb. 2015 INSTALLATION, PERFORMANCE, and INTERACTIVE POETRY for Make Love Poems Event. Media: Castanet.net,

• Ongoing INSTALLATION of Pop-Up-Poetry. Media: Richmond Hill Liberal, The Good New Life,

• Ongoing INTERACTIVE POETRY at Pulp Fiction Coffee House, Okanagan Regional Library, heART School, Metro Community, and Flash Poetry on social media. Sample here, and here.

• Winter 2014 COMMISSIONED by Opera Kelowna to write a libretto for a new Canadian collaborative opera and visual art installation project. Set to score by Imant Raminsh. Premiered at Rotary Centre for the Arts, Kelowna. B.C., February 2016. Media: Kelowna Now, Kelowna Daily Courier, Castanet.net, AM1150,

• Summer 2014 NOMINATED Sundress Publications Best of the Net Award by George Filipovic, Editor, One Throne Magazine, Yukon

• October 2012 PLACED 2nd in Pandoras Collective Poetry Contest – for Rose Hip

• October 2012 HONOURABLE MENTION in Pandoras Collective Poetry Contest –  The Precise Colour of Orange.

• February 2012 HONOURABLE MENTION in Pandoras Collective Poetry Contest – House plans.

• Spring 2011 AWARDED Concordia University Summer Literary Seminars – partial fellowship to Lithuania SLS.

• Fall 2011 AWARDED Banff Centre – Writing with Style Poetry Residency, with faculty Gerald Hill.