Sage-ing Journal and journeying together…

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Amanda Kelly, Lesley-Anne’s friend.

Earlier this week, Sage-ing Journal released its Winter Issue #14, and within those pages, the article “Writing A Friendship,” documenting a chapter in the story of two writers who find one another and begin to journey together. One writer/poet is Lesley-Anne Evans, and the other, her friend of almost a year, Amanda Kelly. Together, Lesley-Anne and Amanda are exploring the way they can sustain a stable and supportive friendship that is cross generational and open to change. Their collaborative article in Sage-ing Journal touches on their discovery process.

An excerpt from the article:

Q ~ What is your biggest struggle as a poet/writer?

LA: Isolation, feeling like I’m not contributing to “real life.” or what I’m doing has value. I think we all need folk to remind us that we are not alone and what we do really matters.

A: My Achilles heel as a writer is a paralysis that often comes out of the exhausting demands of my perfectionism. When I have my fingers poised over the keyboard, my mind twitches and suddenly my chest feels as if it is contemplating collapse. In desperation I ask myself is what I have to say even worth saying and will it be what I want to say? I eventually regain my breath, whether if it’s five minutes later or the next day; I keep going. Writing will always hold insecurity, yet it is often one of the few things I feel is feeding me nourishment.

With this Sage-ing Journal publication, Amanda celebrates her first publication of poetry and prose. Congratulations Amanda!

Sage-ing Journal is a gift of love and conviction, produced fully by volunteers to “honour the transformational power of creativity. We are a quarterly journal intended as an initiative for collaboration and sharing. We present the opportunity for the free exchange of wisdom gleaned from creative engagement. We invite all ages to contribute their discoveries.”

Sage-ing with Creative Spirit, Grace & Gratitude, invites you to engage with them. You may contact the Editor, Karen Close at karensageing@gmail.com.

KNOW YOURSELF. BE YOURSELF. LOVE YOURSELF. SHARE YOURSELF.

It’s cold outside. Come on in and cozy up to some inspired word.

DSC_0798On Thursday, December 4th, Lesley-Anne Evans helps wrap up the fall season of Inspired Word Cafe when she returns as their Featured Artist. Lesley-Anne will be sharing poetry, and a monologue from her foray with New Vintage Theatre.

Join Lesley-Anne and other word artists and musicians as they step up to the mic and share their passion and voice.

Inspired Word Cafe will be held at the Kelowna Heritage Museum, at Ellis and Queensway, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.

RSVP to this event at the IWC group page on Facebook, HERE.

Be the light

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Lesley-Anne Evans will soon be leaving gifts of words and light around Kelowna, B.C.. In her ongoing practice of randomly installing illumination into long winter’s nights, Lesley-Anne creates handmade luminaires, and places them alongside tea lights and poems meant to be taken home and enjoyed at leisure. In 2013, installations were placed at Orchard Park Mall, H2O, in parks and neighbourhoods, in addition to a month long installation in the Mission Branch of the ORL.

You can follow these installations at Pop-Up-Poetry and like Pop-Up-Poetry on Facebook, HERE.

Finding your tribe: the Okanagan Art Review

Thanks to some local visionaries with the energy to make it so, there is a new artistic hub in the Okanagan, the Okanagan Art Review. Founder and editor-in-chief Katie Brennan describes OAR as,

The Okanagan Art Review… connects all the isolated pockets of amazing art action and activity that you have to know so-and-so, or be part of such-and-such group to have access to or knowledge of. And does it all through the sharp eye and know how of other artists.

It is a place for celebration, contemplation and connection for artists and art lovers.

Lesley-Anne Evans has always known that being part of a bigger picture gives meaning and purpose to the day and work at hand. Being part of a tribe(s) with similar sensibility, attitude and creative focus these days can be both local and global. Lesley-Anne believes in artistic engagement in both.

Lesley-Anne is pleased to announce her freshly curated membership in the Okanagan Art Review, and her place in this local tribe of creatives with whom she will share her emerging photographic work, and the ripple effect of being part of a vibrant bigger picture.

You can access Lesley-Anne’s OAR page and image gallery HERE.Member_72dpi

Lesley-Anne Evans featured @ ALTARWORK

Book-Element_button-1“ALTARWORK is honored to present photography and two poems, “Wild God” and “Edge”, from acclaimed poet L.A. Evans. The imagery behind her pen and lens is equally mesmerizing. Let her images and words smolder within you.”
~ Jason Ramsey, Founder/Editor ALTARWORK

LINK to ALTARWORK Feature

Write Out Loud ~ from Page to Podium

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Local writers will share the podium next Thursday at the Okanagan Institute Express. Lesley-Anne Evans will talk about the elusive nature of living a writers life and will read some recent works.

» Thursday 9 October 2014, 5 pm
» Bohemian Café, 524 Bernard Ave, Kelowna
» $2 at the door. Refreshments are available.
» Space is limited. Reserve your seat HERE

At this signature event we will hear from poet Lesley-Anne Evans; novelist Linda Grant; medical memorialist Sterling Haynes; teacher and author Alix Hawley; and teacher, writer, comedian, filmmaker, artist and occasional clown Michael Smith. SEE SPEAKER DETAILS HERE.

When Alice Munro won the 2004 Giller Prize, her victory speech recalled rejections from the beginning of her career: there she was on TV 73 years old, utterly triumphant as a writer. kvetching about 40-year-old-slights. “I never read Canadian authors,” she recalled being told. “I never read fiction – I can’t get what it’s about.” These petty little tortures are true for every writer of every time and every place.

Writers of all genres, be it fiction, crime, comedy, life experience, poetry or history often toil in silence, craving the opportunity to share their work.

Recognizing the need to provide such opportunity, the Okanagan Institute invited five local literary personalities to provide a varied range of voices and creative works.

Nominated

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One Throne Magazine is nominating a select group of their published poets and authors for a variety of awards including Sundress Publications, “Best of the Net.” Nominations yet to be announced are: The “Best American” series (fiction, poetry, essays), The Caine Prize for African Writing, Pushcart Prize, storySouth’s Million Writers Award.

2014 Nominees
“Best of the Net” (Sundress Publications)

Poetry:

ALTARWORK showcase…

DSC_0156Lesley-Anne’s poetry and photography to be showcased in ALTARWORK, a new interactive online magazine whose mission is to put emphasis on both the material and the author to build a community of Christian artists.” ALTARWORK launches this month.

Office Hours of One’s Own

Into every writer’s life a little structure must fall, as without structure and dedication to the process of hard work, time passes and there is little progress and a growing sense of lethargy and low self regard.

Virginia Woolf’s extended essay, “A Room of One’s Own” is noted in its argument for both a literal and figural space for women writers within a literary tradition dominated by patriarchy. Dominating influences on writers working from a home today, male or female, come in the shape of texts, to do lists, house work, gardening, dogs, cats, Facebook, updates to websites, and ever present deep creative wavering thoughts, day dreams and illusions of grandeur. While patriarchy may or may not still play it’s part, the writer must only look directly into a mirror to see the source of her malaise. It is then she must take charge. Yes, into every writer’s life a little structure must fall, a little space, and a large amount of inner wrestling with the will.

September is a good time to establish a new routine. Or re-establish an old one.

Lesley-Anne Evans, Poet

Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 am – 12 noon

All emails, phone calls, texts, to do lists, and networking to occur outside office hours. Some flexibility in this schedule may be required should emergencies occur, or appointments, or really really great coffee dates.

“So long as you write what you wish to write, that is all that matters; and whether it matters for ages or only for hours, nobody can say. ”
Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

Published in Quills!

DSC_0146Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine, Volume X is in print and on the shelves of Chapters and other local book sellers. Let’s Eat Pineapple by Lesley-Anne Evans graces the pages of this respected annual journal edited by William Byron Sheardown of Vancouver, B.C.

Congrats to all the voices heard in this publication.