Feature Poet at OUR Coffeehouse

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Lesley-Anne Evans will perform her poetry and spoken word at OUR Coffeehouse as their Feature Poet on Wednesday, January 28, 2015.
OUR Coffeehouse is a Kelowna Open Mic presented by Artists For Creative Alliance (ACA), and takes place the middle and last Wednesday of each month in Reid’s Hall at the historic Benvoulin Church. “Organic, Unplugged, and Rootsy,” OUR Coffeehouse is, “a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere for our community to relax and enjoy some of our wonderful local talent in a listening environment.” LIKE OUR on Facebook, and mark your calendar for this upcoming event.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Doors open at 6:45
Open Mic starts at 7:00
Feature Performer(s) on stage at 8:45
Display/exhibit by Feature Artist/Artisan
Reid Hall – Benvoulin Church
2279 Benvoulin Road in Kelowna
$5.00 at the door

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.

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.

Be the light

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Lesley-Anne Evans will soon be leaving gifts of words and light around Kelowna, B.C.. In her ongoing practice of randomly installing illumination into long winter’s nights, Lesley-Anne creates handmade luminaires, and places them alongside tea lights and poems meant to be taken home and enjoyed at leisure. In 2013, installations were placed at Orchard Park Mall, H2O, in parks and neighbourhoods, in addition to a month long installation in the Mission Branch of the ORL.

You can follow these installations at Pop-Up-Poetry and like Pop-Up-Poetry 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

Write Out Loud ~ from Page to Podium

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Local writers will share the podium next Thursday at the Okanagan Institute Express. Lesley-Anne Evans will talk about the elusive nature of living a writers life and will read some recent works.

» Thursday 9 October 2014, 5 pm
» Bohemian Café, 524 Bernard Ave, Kelowna
» $2 at the door. Refreshments are available.
» Space is limited. Reserve your seat HERE

At this signature event we will hear from poet Lesley-Anne Evans; novelist Linda Grant; medical memorialist Sterling Haynes; teacher and author Alix Hawley; and teacher, writer, comedian, filmmaker, artist and occasional clown Michael Smith. SEE SPEAKER DETAILS HERE.

When Alice Munro won the 2004 Giller Prize, her victory speech recalled rejections from the beginning of her career: there she was on TV 73 years old, utterly triumphant as a writer. kvetching about 40-year-old-slights. “I never read Canadian authors,” she recalled being told. “I never read fiction – I can’t get what it’s about.” These petty little tortures are true for every writer of every time and every place.

Writers of all genres, be it fiction, crime, comedy, life experience, poetry or history often toil in silence, craving the opportunity to share their work.

Recognizing the need to provide such opportunity, the Okanagan Institute invited five local literary personalities to provide a varied range of voices and creative works.

ALTARWORK showcase…

DSC_0156Lesley-Anne’s poetry and photography to be showcased in ALTARWORK, a new interactive online magazine whose mission is to put emphasis on both the material and the author to build a community of Christian artists.” ALTARWORK launches this month.

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.

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.