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.

Featured Artist at Inspired Word Cafe

1801399_481280095309294_856722908_o-1Wednesday May 14, 2014 from 5 – 7 pm, Lesley-Anne Evans is sharing her poetry and stories at the Inspired Word Cafe. The show is located in the Rotary Centre for the Arts atrium, and is by donation. A variety of musicians and word artists will contribute to this evening of creative expression.

Consider yourself invited.

Upcoming Events

DSC_0060Thursday, April 24, 2014, Lesley-Anne Evans is one of a small group of invited readers along with musical guests, Vernon’s Ginger & Rose @ Inspired Word Cafe hosted by the Kelowna Art Gallery. Show starts at 6 pm sharp. You can RSVP at the Inspired Word Cafe events page on Facebook, HERE. The event is free, but donations are welcomed to ensure ongoing cultural experiences such as this one.

Lesley-Anne will be reading her work as Inspired Word Cafe’s FEATURED ARTIST on May 14, 2014, at the Rotary Centre for the Arts. Stay tuned for more details.

Flash Poetry… ready, set, GO!

DSC_0087Collaboration is invigorating, and when it comes to writing poetry, words from other sources at once challenge and enrich the process. Lesley-Anne has been experimenting with the collaboration potential of social media on her  Pop-Up-Poetry Facebook Page. For the past couple of weeks, Lesley-Anne has posted Call Outs asking Facebook friends to post words or phrases as comments, but only for a short period of time before closing.

Lesley-Anne takes all their submitted words, allows them to percolate until a theme emerges, then braids her own words into a new creation of poetry. The outcomes have been phenomenal. Participants are excited about it. Lesley-Anne sees the synergy and awakening to a new way of fast collaborative creativity as a fun means to build artistic community and challenge her writing.

Lesley-Anne will be sharing some of her Flash Poems at Inspired Word Cafe, this Thursday at the Okanagan Regional Library Downtown Branch from 5:30 to 7:30pm.

Here is the latest… Flash Poem #5.

On the Death of Venus

Venus de Milo, her cultivated beauty
on last legs, the fruit of her service cut short.
She receives the blade, reaches way out
on a limb and plucks a feather captured
by a snarl of wood. Creaking and cracking
her limbs give way to the pull of fate.
Even the silence echos the laws of gravity.

Now the question of how to love without fingers
to trace the lip line of the sky, without arms
to swoon heavy in red and gold pendants
over parallel lanes of mown grass. Passing fancy
of passer’s by, supplier to fruit stand
and packing house, we avert our eyes
to such sacrificial progress, we buy American.

My mornings start with the same walk I take
from back door to fence and out to the orchard
that rims the property. There I meet myself
on the return and never speak more than
the simplest of hellos. I leave that to the field.
Salubrious morning, slowly sun-soaked
and ready for feet and the hamstrings of early day.

I kneel now beside her severed stump, drag home
a branch reminder of borrowed views, back gate
access to her heady Spring vibrations of bees
buried in blossoms, her Summer canopy a green
dewdrop heaven, September gleaning. Astonished
by the light in her eye apples in the dead of January
hanging where hope once had dimmed.

I knew a woman once, a first responder
who knelt by a torso and promised
in a calm voice that everything will be OK.
I know nothing of those type of endings.

I am speaking of things untold, things
I do not fully understand. I know nothing
of what came before and what will be, her
reckless ways, her necessary sacrifice.

Word Contributors: John Dorig, Lesley-Anne Evans, Gioia Morris, Vicki Den Ouden, Kelly Pond, Robert Rife, Giovanni Vidotto.
Potter Poet: Lesley-Anne Evans, Poet

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.