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.

 

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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.

Poetry in progress

DSC_0238One has to wonder if any work of art is ever truly complete, or if deadlines, self imposed and otherwise, are the only way the artist can be turned from her insatiable innate desire to edit, edit, and edit again drawn by the hope of some small in an elusive pursuit of perfection revelation.

“Finishing is torture… There’s always some newly seen flaw. But the little glimpses of beauty between the anxiety make it worth it.”  ~ Jacob Collins

One of Lesley-Anne’s current poems in progress is posted HERE on her Buddy Breathing blog. She continues to edit.

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.

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

“Migrations” chosen by Leaf Press

“Migrations,” a poem recently published by Contemporary Verse 2, was selected today by Leaf Press as their online Monday Poem feature. Leaf Press is a poetry only publisher, currently also working with Lesley-Anne Evans on an Oak Leaflet publication, to be released sometime this fall.

From the Leaf Press Website:  Leaf Press is an independent press located on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Ursula Vaira founded Leaf in 2001 as a poetry chapbook publisher. Since 2007 Leaf has been publishing trade poetry while continuing the chapbook tradition and the weekly on-line Monday’s Poem.

To view Monday’s Poem “Migrations,” link here.

Marketing and promotion

I needed a calling card to give to folk who might like to contact me after an event, or upon meeting one another for the first time. Only, traditional size business cards are so SMALL, and to put poetry on such a teeny tiny piece of paper just wasn’t working for me. So, I decided to create postcards using my words and my photography and my contact info. I designed and ordered my postcards online through Vistaprint, whom I’ve used in the past with great and affordable results.

As of today, postcards are ordered. Now the waiting for 7 days… sigh.

And a preview for you:

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