“I have often thought of poetry as ‘bearing witness’ and this is a
powerful thing. Lesley-Anne has a relentless dedication to capturing and communicating the stories around her.” Nygel Metcalfe, Spoken Word Poet
“The velvety images of poet, Lesley-Anne Evans.” George Filipovic, Editor, One Throne Magazine, Yukon.
Lesley-Anne’s work is published widely. In 2019 she won the BC Federation of Writers annual Literary Writes contest. Lesley-Anne served as a juror for the 2017 Okanagan Arts Awards, and was a literary awards finalist in 2016. For more details see publication credits and course work.
Lesley-Anne is a poet, librettist, mentor, and creative instigator. Working with various community partners, Lesley-Anne’s vision has birthed projects such as the Red Couch Gallery, SEE:kelowna Exhibit on Homelessness, Take Down Every Wall, and Kelowna Gospel Mission Courtyard Poetry. Her Pop-Up-Poetry installations have delighted passersby in Belfast, New York, Los Angeles, Toronto and across Canada.
Lesley-Anne’s public performances and presentations include Pecha Kucha, spoken word at social justice and arts events, and presentations on the topics of creativity, spirituality, and writing.
Lesley-Anne is drawn to acts of poetic activism, such as her part in The Han Shan Project where a Langley rainforest was saved from future development. Lesley-Anne embraces social media as a tool for poetic engagement with writers and non-writers alike. She continues to seek ways to touch people’s lives with words, right in the thick of things.
Lesley-Anne loves to wander with her camera, and contemplate beauty in all its forms. Her photographs are also published.
Survey Crew, as published in The Antigonish Review.
Desert, as published in One Throne Magazine.
Lesley-Anne Evans, reading Heraldry,
as read at Steve Bell Fundraiser, Metro Community.
Enough ~ Top read poem @ ALTARWORK
Lesley-Anne on Inspired Word Cafe on Shaw TV, Episode 1.
“A note clipped to a bramble of blackberries. Enticing, inviting, encouraging. Be here now. Observe, enjoy, smile. And 2 million neurons surge endorphins. A walk home with open eyes and lightened heart. Thank you!” Nancy, Port Townsend, Washington, U.S.A.
In Spring 2012, Lesley-Anne launched her initiative Pop-Up-Poetry. With sights set on spontaneous installations of poetry in public places, Lesley-Anne has pinned up hundreds of poems locally and internationally, including New York City, Belfast and Los Angeles (see map below).
In winter months, Lesley-Anne’s Illumination Installations bring the combination of light and poetry to the early dark. She has received excited responses from those who happen upon it, and Lesley-Anne continues to pin poetry to trees, fences, stop signs, bomb shelters, outhouses.
For more about Pop-Up-Poetry public engagement installations, please drop by the website here.