Portrait of the Artist

The PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST project has launched with photographer Gianni Vidotto’s photographic session and interview with poet Lesley-Anne Evans. The full interview and photos are published on the Portraits of the Artist blog and on Tumbler.

Portrait of the Artist will create windows through which you may view aspects of the artist. Art is autobiography, and knowing the artist helps us to better appreciate their unique vision.

300 artists from all disciplines (painters, dancers, singers, actors, photographers, etc.) will be invited to participate in a photographic and personal interview experience. Creative portraiture and a short interview inquiring about the person and their art will be conducted.

If you are an artist (writer, painter, dancer, singer, photographer, etc.) and would like to participate in the project you may find information here: www.portaitsoftheartist.tumblr.com/information .

Holding Out Hope

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For the past several months Lesley-Anne Evans has been curating the social media campaign Holding Out Hope.

Beginning with a commemorative poetry wall (see CBC article here) immediately prior to the demolition of Metro’s drop-in centre, Metro Community members are invited to share words that humanize and build understanding. Lesley-Anne and others listen, record and share.

Holding Out Hope invites Kelowna’s marginalized and vulnerable ‘others’ to be known, rather than passed by in fear, disinterest, or hurry. Stories are raw, surprising and authentic. Some of our storytellers are homeless, some live in shelters, halfway houses, and the suburbs. All share the poverty of living ‘outside’ an inner circle, a poverty of relationships. All share a hunger to be loved and to belong.

Holding Out Hope is a powerful and risky exchange. Each candid photo puts a face to a name. Each story becomes an opportunity to see the humanity we all share.

Where do we find the courage to let ourselves be challenged and transformed so that we might rise up as messengers or peace and unity? I pray and hope that this…may encourage more and more people to risk crossing the barriers that separate us, and to risk becoming friends with those we have rejected, so that they too might rise up in hope.

Jean Vanier, Tears of Silence, A Meditation

 

Celebrate the good!

DSC_0212Reasons to celebrate;

  1. hackers can be overcome with diligence and tenacity!
  2. literary journals (paper and virtual) are alive and well!
  3. poetry is read, voices are heard!
  4. a poet and a journal can find converging sense of place, life experience, and poetic sensibilities.

Last autumn, CASCADIA REVIEW intended to publish four of Lesley-Anne Evans poems. Then quite abruptly, a hacker wreaked havoc, and CASCADIA went down. Nothing was published. The website remained frozen. But, thanks to the deliberate behind the scenes elbow grease and expertise of a team of someones, the respected CASCADIA REVIEW is back online, and back in the business of sharing poetry with people.

Today, Cascadia Review published Lesley-Anne’s poem “Vineyard” and tomorrow, another poem, and the day after that, another poem, and the day after that, another poem. We so grateful for the good folk who believe passionately in the good work of publishing journals and collections and books of poetry. Even when things go sideways, they rise again. Thank you, Cascadia Review. THANK YOU.

 

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.

Lesley-Anne Evans featured @ ALTARWORK

Book-Element_button-1“ALTARWORK is honored to present photography and two poems, “Wild God” and “Edge”, from acclaimed poet L.A. Evans. The imagery behind her pen and lens is equally mesmerizing. Let her images and words smolder within you.”
~ Jason Ramsey, Founder/Editor ALTARWORK

LINK to ALTARWORK Feature

Commended…

DSC_0038One Throne Magazine, a new literary journal out of Dawson City, Yukon, edited by Dan Dowhal and George Philipovic, has chosen Lesley-Anne Evans’s poem ‘Desert’ for their Summer Issue to be released online June 21, 2014.

Links will be HERE when available.

 

One date, two events…

Friday, June 20, 2014 ~CAAD.p65

DAYTIME 

Lesley-Anne Evans will be presenting her poetry with a collective of creatives including dancers, drummers, visual artists, musicians, and those promoting a healthy creative life at the Creative Aging Awareness Day, Rotary Centre for the Arts, Kelowna.

You will find Lesley-Anne and wordsmiths presenting at times TBA in the Paint/Draw Room at RCA. Installation(s) of Pop-Up-Poetry will be located along the Rotary Centre linear walkway and park.

The event is free of charge.

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SOPA Fine Arts will feature poet Lesley-Anne Evans among four featured poets at a gallery event on June 20th. Featured readers, an open mic, and ‘cover poems’ will be part of this fun and wordy evening called Speak EASY.

Invited guests will be asked to BYOB and seating cushion along with their entry password for this prohibition style gathering of shared words in a beautiful space.

SOPA Gallery is located at 2934 Pandosy St, Kelowna, BC.

Tickets are by invitation only.

 

 

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