“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.

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

Proofs

Words of Grace 4Reviewing second proofs with Leaf Press Publisher, Ursula Vaira. A gracious and exciting process. Publication and release date to be announced.

 

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.

Save the date… September 28, 2013!

Inspired word reading_2An evening of engaging poetry readings and interactive poetry, with poet Lesley-Anne Evans, and musical guest, Dörte Meyer.

Lesley-Anne will be showcased by The Arts Council of the Central Okanagan as one of 60 Artists in 60 Spaces, celebrating 60 years of ARTSCO’s enrichment and support of the Okanagan arts community. Free events are by donation, and are scheduled across the Central Okanagan, including, Lake Country, Kelowna, West Kelowna, Westbank, and Peachland. A full list of artists and venues is available HERE.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

7 – 9:00 pm

Hosted by: Pulp Fiction Coffee House*

Arrive early to ensure a good seat!

Refreshments, including really great coffee, will be available for purchase.

Sneak preview…

I’m excited to announce that I’ve been selected as one of 60 regional artists for the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan (ARTSCO) 60 Artists in 60 Spaces, in celebration of ARTSCO’s 60th Anniversary.

An exciting infusion of art, including visual, performance and literary, in spaces throughout the Okanagan Valley, August through September, 2013

You will find me at Pulp Fiction Coffee House & Robbie Rare Books, September 28, 2013.

More info to come.