“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 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. She has taken her poetry to the streets with her initiative Pop-Up-Poetry for installations in Belfast, New York, Los Angeles, and the Okanagan Valley. Lesley-Anne uses 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.
Migrations, as published in Contemporary Verse 2.
Survey Crew, as published in The Antigonish Review.
Desert, as published in One Throne Magazine.
Lesley-Anne Evans, reading Heraldry
“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 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.