News Bits

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1. Cascadia Review is publishing four of Lesley-Anne’s poems in their Fall 2015 Issue. Stay tuned.

2. We have just learned that Lesley-Anne’s blog, Buddy Breathing, specifically her post “Of Bugs and Bones” will be featured in the May 4, 2015, SOUL TELEGRAM – a newsletter of the best spirituality writing on the web.  For more information on SOUL TELEGRAM, check out www.soultelegram.com.

3. Geosi Gyasi interviewed Lesley-Anne about her writing and poetry for an upcoming article on his blog, Geosi Reads.

4. April 2015, another National Poetry Month well celebrated, included Lesley-Anne’s recent Pop-Up-Poetry forays in Kelowna, and a collaborative Flash Poem, called Re-Vitalize.

5. Rumours of Opera Kelowna’s collaboration with Kelowna Art Gallery in the creation of a dramatic visual arts installation and premier performance of a new opera work in Kelowna this October, are true. Lesley-Anne reports she has just completed the libretto/script, as work continues on the musical composition. More news to follow.

6. Interest continues to grow for Lesley-Anne’s innovative photographic arts products, available through Nuvango. Lesley-Anne’s recent additions include the patina of “Camo” on t-shirts, gel skins and canvases.

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Fab Four Poets

Poets, from left to right; Emmy Chahal, Nygel Metcalfe, Lolu Oyedele, and Lesley-Anne Evans.

Make Love Poems ~ Live Poetry Show

Wednesday evening, four local Kelowna poets served up a live poetry show called “Make Love Poems” at heART School on Pandosy. Each poetic collaborator, collaborated collaboratively in a love poem collaborative. They wrote #hastag poems on social media leading up to their event, then pinned up #allwedoismakelovepoems Pop-Up-Poetry around Kelowna as an invitation and a gift to whomever found them. Their event included individual work and, your guessed it, collaborative works. The audience was invited to collaborate in an interactive poem, posted HERE. It was an extraordinarily creative and heart warming meeting of intellects, minds and souls. True collaboration.

Full Definition of COLLABORATE (edits mine)

1. to work jointly with others or together especially in an intellectual endeavor
2. to cooperate with or willingly assist an enemy of one’s country and especially an occupying force
3. to cooperate with an agency or instrumentality with which one is [was] not immediately connected [before.]
col·lab·o·ra·tor \-ˈla-bə-ˌrā-tər\ noun
col·lab·o·ra·tive·ly \-lē\ adverb
col·lab·o·ra·tive \-ˈla-bə-ˌrā-tiv, -b(ə-)rə-\ adjective or noun
col·lab·o·ra·tion \-ˌla-bə-ˈrā-shən\ noun

Want more?

For those who are interested in more of the poets, following are vital stats that will allow you to connect (for future collaborations perhaps!)

And, if you are interested in adding your name to the growing list of those interested in an #allwedoismakelovepoems book, please do so by commenting on our event Facebook Page HERE.

The Poets ~ Vital Statistics

LESLEY-ANNE EVANS
Belfast, NI/Toronto, Ont.
Leo
Water mystic
Becoming
Want more Lesley-Anne?
https://laevans.ca/
http://popuppoetry.ca/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lesley-Anne-Evans-Poet/126110616311?ref=br_tf
mygracenotes@gmail.com

EMMY CHAHAL
Burnaby, B.C.
Airies
Earth mama
Song-story
Want more Emmy?
emmy.chahal@gmail.com

LOLU OYEDELE
Johnnesburg, S.A.
Leo
Water bender
passion-filled
Want more Lolu?
Check out Theatre 26, UBCO

NYGEL METCALFE
Kelowna, B.C.
Leo
Air bender
Slamtastic
Want more Nygel?
nygelmetcalfepoetry.com
birdsofcray.wordpress.com
https://www.facebook.com/nygelmetcalfepoetry…

“Make Love Poems” Live Poetry Show

DSC_0435< All we do is make love poems. >

An evening of unconventional celebration. Four local poets take the stage to share snapshots from their journeys, moments captured in the evolution of their insides.

Spend an evening immersing yourself in the vivid stories and poems of Emmy Chahal, Nygel Metcalfe, Lesley-Anne Evans, and Lolu John Oyedele, celebrating the month of love and loss at heART School. True stories, from every peak and canyon they have found themselves. Only one rule – they have to be LOVE poems.

Special wine and beer menu will be available, as well as a selection of lovely treats.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

heART School, 1546 Pandosy Street, Kelowna, B.C.

Tickets $15 each, couple price 2 for $20, or date night* price $80

*The Date Night price includes two tickets and a romantic care package carefully crafted by a local caterer, including specialty chocolates, gourmet nibbles, and wine pairings from local vineyards. Limited Availability, only through Eventbrite.

Tickets available now at Eventbrite, or at the door

“Every poet who is writing has love poems. No question – its our Achilles heel. We have them in spades. Truly, though, and more accurately, every person EVER has love poems – even if they haven’t written them down, there are bound to be love poems and little scrawled notes of hopes and dreams, stacked up inside of them, like old newspapers lining the hallways of a hoarders apartment, waiting to be read by someone who knows the incantation – the one who learns how to speak the language of their inner world.”

Feature Poet at OUR Coffeehouse

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Lesley-Anne Evans will perform her poetry and spoken word at OUR Coffeehouse as their Feature Poet on Wednesday, January 28, 2015.
OUR Coffeehouse is a Kelowna Open Mic presented by Artists For Creative Alliance (ACA), and takes place the middle and last Wednesday of each month in Reid’s Hall at the historic Benvoulin Church. “Organic, Unplugged, and Rootsy,” OUR Coffeehouse is, “a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere for our community to relax and enjoy some of our wonderful local talent in a listening environment.” LIKE OUR on Facebook, and mark your calendar for this upcoming event.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Doors open at 6:45
Open Mic starts at 7:00
Feature Performer(s) on stage at 8:45
Display/exhibit by Feature Artist/Artisan
Reid Hall – Benvoulin Church
2279 Benvoulin Road in Kelowna
$5.00 at the door

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.