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
Reasons to celebrate;
- hackers can be overcome with diligence and tenacity!
- literary journals (paper and virtual) are alive and well!
- poetry is read, voices are heard!
- 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.
An article in Toronto based magazine “Post City” was prompted by earlier extensive media coverage in the Richmond Hill Liberal, HERE. A Post City journalist suggested their article would cover similar content regarding the W5 of Lesley-Anne Evans’ public engagement initiative, Pop-Up-Poetry, and her installation in Richmond Hill on New Years Eve, 2014.
The “article”, published HERE on page 5 of the” Richmond Hill Post” online, and distributed in paper copy to a large local readership, is brief.
Most surprising however, the article is published under the heading “BIZARRE.”
“The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.” ~ Oscar Wilde
On 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.
One 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.
Friday, June 20, 2014 ~
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.
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.