Poets and writers gather at Cedar farm for annual literary festival

Kate Braid and Tom Wayman featured at annual festival

Two award-winning poets are featured at an annual writers’ festival in Cedar.

Kate Braid and Tom Wayman are the featured authors at the Hazelwood Writers’ Festival on Aug. 12.

Braid has written poetry and non-fiction about subjects from Georgia O’Keeffe, Emily Carr and Glenn Gould, to mine workers and fishers, and a memoir, Journeywoman, about her 15 years as a carpenter.

She published five books of poetry and co-edited, with Sandy Shreve, In Fine Form: The Canadian Book of Form Poetry. Her work has won a number of awards and is widely anthologized.

Wayman’s recent books include the poetry collection Dirty Snow, a novel, Woodstock Rising, and a critical monograph, Songs Without Price: The Music of Poetry in a Discordant World.

His 2007 collection of stories, Boundary Country, currently is a contender for the 2012 One Book One Kootenay competition. He lives in southeastern B.C.’s Selkirk mountains.

Poetry anthologies he has edited include The Dominion of Love. He most recently taught at the University of Calgary.

Joining Braid and Wayman are dozens of local writers, plus Wind Weaver, Paul Bezooyen and Terry Mack.

The festival takes place at Hazelwood Herb Farm, 13576 Adshead Rd., near Nanaimo Airport, and runs from 1-4 p.m. Admission $10.

To reserve, please e-mail ascentaspirations@shaw.ca.