“Setting the streets on fire”

Pop up poem 1“Knowing Lesley-Anne is out there, setting the streets on fire with her well-crafted words, just makes me… happy…”

On her The Good (New) Life blog, Deborah Lampitt-McConnachie describes her personal experience with finding Pop-Up-Poetry on her way home from work:

Scene: finishing work and heading to the parking lot past the Bean Scene Coffee Shop on Dickson Ave. Out of the corner of my eye I catch sight of a piece of paper fluttering in the breeze.  Closer examination shows said piece of paper clipped onto the waving decorative grasses planted alongside the sidewalk. Even closer examination reveals… a poem. A good poem.

You can read the full article HERE on The Good (New) Life, wherein Deborah enquires, “Can someone in Kelowna, BC find the ultra-urban life they’ve been accustomed to, 7415 kilometers from London, UK?” It appears Deborah Lampitt-McConnachie thinks they can! Deborah is living proof!

Deborah describes her enviable life story this way,

Deborah was a fashion and lifestyle journalist in London, UK, for over 15 years.

Her career highlight is a toss up between interviewing Cate Blanchett backstage after the Nicole Farhi show in London, or Karl Lagerfeld at the Chanel haute couture presentation in Paris. Meeting Debbie Harry was pretty cool too.

Deborah recently relocated to Kelowna, BC, with her husband, whoodle and cat, where she is a fashion and advertising consultant for Icon magazine. She LOVES the Okanagan, and thinks you should too.

It appears that Pop-Up-Poetry is contributing to ultra-urban life experiences of some very hip and talented people here in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. (more about PUP HERE)

Welcome, Deborah Lampitt-McConnachie, welcome.

Living Creatively.

DSC_0356Each life writes a story, each one of us, a poem.

Lesley-Anne Evans, Kelowna poet, street artist, blogger, passionate creative, wife and mother, knows the delight of creative expression. She seeks ways to inspire joy and community through written and spoken word. In her delicious pairings of poetry and visual images, Lesley-Anne will share her story of creative engagement. Lesley-Anne will encourage listeners to know themselves, discover deeper meaning, and begin to live as one made for passion and fullness.

Purple Vine Club: Business Creativity

Monday, January 27

6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

heART School – #5 – 375 Bernard Ave

Tickets – $27.00  Members  &  $37.00 Non-Members

Don’t miss out. Register @ the Purple Vine Club website today.

2013 was a very good year

Thank you to videographer John Dorig for sharing his compilation video from the Inspired Word Cafe last December. And thank you to Rawle James for what he continues to do for creative community in Kelowna, B.C..

Enjoy the video:

The IWC 2014 season begins this weekend, and promises an array of new and familiar voices, stimulating locations, and a growing community of people who have found their voice in the written and spoken word. Lesley-Anne Evans will be returning to IWC as a Featured Artist at the Rotary Centre for the Arts on May 14th, and is invited to read at the Kelowna Art Gallery on April 24th.

IWC creative leader and facilitator Rawle Iam James, continues to lead creative writers to be courageous with words, and not only write, but share in public. (R)evolution through artistic expression, is IWC’s guiding statement.

Inspired Word

DSC_0032Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at 6 pm, Lesley-Anne Evans is reading her poetry at the Inspired Word Cafe at Rotary Centre for the Arts, Kelowna. Lesley-Anne has collaborated at ICW in the past, and returns with excitement.

IWC organizer and poet Rawle Iam James orchestrates multiple Inspired Word Cafe events in Kelowna, including a regular schedule at the downtown Library and Willow Park Starbucks.

You can find IWC HERE on Facebook. Come on out and discover a renewed love for creative expression. You won’t be disappointed.

Oak Leaflets are here…

A personal note:

How exciting to gather the mail this morning and discover a package from Leaf Press. Inside, after carefully peeling back tape and wrappings, I found my Oak Leaflet, the 4th in a series of poems published by my Lantzville, Vancouver Island, poetry publisher. The charming little booklet with an oak leaf die cut into it’s rich green cover, contains my poem “Speak in Now.”

These small and mighty works of poetry are, as noted on the last page of my Oak Leaflet, “printed, hand folded and assembled and glued as the sky flared red outside the windows.” Suitably poetic process, I think.

Thank you Leaf Press and Ursula Vaira for believing in my work.

You may purchase my Oak Leaflet at upcoming events.

On down the road,

Lesley-Anne

Interactive poem, coming soon.

Last night, a group of friendly folk gathered at the Pulp Fiction Coffee House in Kelowna, for an ARTSCO 60 Artists in 60 Spaces event, featuring poet Lesley-Anne Evans and the calming atmospheric instrumental and vocals of musician Dorte Meyer.

As the evening progressed, conversations and poems and songs were shared, and the audience were asked to bravely contribute their own words to a found poem interactive exercise. Enthusiasm was strong, and Lesley-Anne gathered up an outpouring of words from the willing audience. She then moved to a quiet space and melded the found words into a new poem which she shared as the final presentation piece of the evening.

The poem will be published here this week. Stay tuned.

Thank you to Max Sloan of Pulp Fiction for your hospitality, to ARTSCO for the honour of participating in your anniversary event, and to the welcoming and enthusiastic audience.

Poetry is taking life by the throat (Robert Frost). And so we did.

Culture Days – Kelowna

DSC_0146Culture Days is a collaborative coast-to-coast-to-coast volunteer movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities.

Artists, organizations and community groups in Kelowna will be hosting free, participatory arts and culture activities during the Culture Days weekend, and you are invited.

I will be performing an unplugged poetry reading on Saturday, September 28th from 1-2 pm,  outside the Rotary Centre for the Arts. Look for me under the City of Kelowna tent. Say hello.

To search for activities in Kelowna, go to culturedays.ca

Poetry for purchase

The Canadian Journal of Poetry and Critical Writing (CV2), published my poem “Migrations,” in its Summer 2013 Issue. The issue is packed with a variety of Canadian poetry focused on the topic of family, and featuring the work of Ken Babstock. His interview, regarding the need for balance in a writer’s life, is very admirable.

You can purchase the journal HERE, at the CV2 online store, or in locations where CV2 and other literary journals are sold, listed HERE.

CBC Radio One Interview with Alya Ramadan

UPDATE FROM THE PRODUCER’S DESK: Interview time set at 7:40 am TOMORROW, CBC One, Daybreak South!

Rumour has it,  my interview with Daybreak’s Alya Ramadan, on poetry popping up and busking, will take place on Wednesday July 24th, between 5:30 and 8:30 am. As soon as the specific time is confirmed, I’ll let you know.

I’ll be up early and listening with you.

Lesley-Anne