Flash Poetry ~ word collaborations

images-5Always hunting down new ways to grab people’s interest and collaborate creatively, Lesley-Anne Evans began experimenting with Flash Poetry on Facebook in January, 2014. Flash Poetry is Lesley-Anne’s name for a new way of spontaneous creative activity, like yarn bombing, or flash mobs! But with words.

With an open call out to her Facebook friends, Lesley-Anne invited them to post word bits for a set time period. Lesley-Anne harvested said words, allowed a theme to emerge, and dissected, molded, and wrote more words and phrases into a new poetic context within a fast turnaround time. The completed poems were posted back on Facebook with appropriate credit given.

Flash Poems now number at seven, with the eighth call in progress until midnight tonight. Drop by and like the Flash Poem Facebook Page HERE. Follow the flash. Read the poems. Participate in the Flash Poem #8 Event HERE. But only until midnight today! Flash! Bam! Pow!

Northern Ireland 2014

images-1This summer Lesley-Anne Evans will join David Wilcox, Karen Moore, Gareth Higgins and a small group of pilgrims for Ireland 2014 ~ Storytelling, Music, Art and Peace.

Described as, “A feast for the senses and nourishment for the soul,” the trip is a convergence of roots and calling for Lesley-Anne. Lesley-Anne was born in Belfast, and emigrated to Canada as a young girl. She has long felt a draw to return and experience her history, literary roots, and the raw beauty of the land and her people. This trip is Lesley-Anne’s opportunity to do that in a uniquely intimate way that will inform her writing and spirit for years to come.

For more information on this experience and the opportunity to join future trips, click HERE.

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.

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.

The sweet side of collaboration…

images-7Presenting the most recent interactive poem. This poem was created from audience word and phrase contributions at Lesley-Anne Evan’s poetry reading at the Mission Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library, last evening.

The poem; Green is a consolation of cedars.

Many thanks to Luanne Warren and the staff at the ORL who promoted the event, provided a welcoming environment with tasty refreshments, and offered Lesley-Anne the creative opportunity to share collaborations of words and music. Thanks to Dörte Meyer for giving of her musical talent, and to a most gracious audience.

Lesley-Anne Evans, In Focus

Warning: Reading this In Focus may make you want to contemplate your life. Lesley-Anne Evans has a way with words that is both profound and challenging. That’s probably why she chose to work with words as part of her daily life. Lesley-Anne is a poet who does poetry installations, performances and interactive Pop-Up-Poetry. She takes the time to be quiet and listen, finding inspiration and then releasing the creativity in herself and others. Lesley-Anne is particularly passionate about young people, desiring to help them find their purpose and see how important and lovely they are. She will be performing her poetry at the Mission Branch of the library on Oct 17th at 6:45 PM. Today Lesley-Anne Evans is In Focus. LINK TO FULL ARTICLE.

Many thanks to Michele Rule, Communications Manager at Okanagan Regional Library, for recommending Lesley-Anne Evans for this feature article at Kelowna Now.

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

Posters are up…

DSC_0046 Thanks to the marketing team of the Okanagan Regional Library, posters, radio spots, and newspaper ads are spreading word of an upcoming Poetry Reading at the Mission Branch, Kelowna.

Lesley-Anne Evans will read poems and share her experiences of getting poetry out into the community through Pop-Up-Poetry initiatives. Local creative, Dörte Meyer, will provide atmospheric instrumental backdrop to a fun evening of poetry readings, and interactive poetry with the audience.

Sign up on Facebook. Let us know you’ll be there.

Thursday, October 17th @ 6:45 pm

The ORL Mission Branch is located on Gordon Drive, in the Capital News Centre.

Interactive poem, coming soon.

Last night, a group of friendly folk gathered at the Pulp Fiction Coffee House in Kelowna, for an ARTSCO 60 Artists in 60 Spaces event, featuring poet Lesley-Anne Evans and the calming atmospheric instrumental and vocals of musician Dorte Meyer.

As the evening progressed, conversations and poems and songs were shared, and the audience were asked to bravely contribute their own words to a found poem interactive exercise. Enthusiasm was strong, and Lesley-Anne gathered up an outpouring of words from the willing audience. She then moved to a quiet space and melded the found words into a new poem which she shared as the final presentation piece of the evening.

The poem will be published here this week. Stay tuned.

Thank you to Max Sloan of Pulp Fiction for your hospitality, to ARTSCO for the honour of participating in your anniversary event, and to the welcoming and enthusiastic audience.

Poetry is taking life by the throat (Robert Frost). And so we did.

Culture Days – Kelowna

DSC_0146Culture Days is a collaborative coast-to-coast-to-coast volunteer movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities.

Artists, organizations and community groups in Kelowna will be hosting free, participatory arts and culture activities during the Culture Days weekend, and you are invited.

I will be performing an unplugged poetry reading on Saturday, September 28th from 1-2 pm,  outside the Rotary Centre for the Arts. Look for me under the City of Kelowna tent. Say hello.

To search for activities in Kelowna, go to culturedays.ca