Literature

Bowen Island poet Susan Alexander is the guest editor for the inaugural issue of Wordstorm Society of the Arts’s ‘Counterflow’ magazine. (Photo courtesy Karolina Turek)

Nanaimo spoken word group creating online art and literature magazine

Submissions open for WordStorm Society of the Arts’s new ‘Counterflow’ magazine

 

Gabriola Island-based writer Libby Gunn has been long-listed for the CBC Non-fiction Prize for her short story ‘Whitefish.’ (Photo courtesy Diane Simpson)

Gabriola Island writer long-listed for CBC Non-fiction Prize for second time

Libby Gunn ponders connection to land and family in short story ‘Whitefish’

 

Kamal Parmar is Nanaimo’s new poet laureate. (Photo courtesy HA Photography)

City of Nanaimo appoints new poet laureate

Kamal Parmar will serve in the role for a two-year term

 

Nanaimo Harbourfront Library librarian April Ripley is the managing editor of VIRL’s new online art and literature magazine, ‘Sea and Cedar.’ (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)

Vancouver Island Regional Library unveils new art and literature magazine

‘Sea and Cedar’ features poetry, stories and visual art from across the Island

Nanaimo Harbourfront Library librarian April Ripley is the managing editor of VIRL’s new online art and literature magazine, ‘Sea and Cedar.’ (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)
VIU’s ‘Portal’ magazine is turning 30 years old. (Image courtesy Chantelle Calitz)

Vancouver Island University’s literary magazine ‘Portal’ celebrates 30 years

Virtual launch featuring contributor readings takes places on April 30

VIU’s ‘Portal’ magazine is turning 30 years old. (Image courtesy Chantelle Calitz)
Nanaimo Harbourfront Library librarian April Ripley led the effort to create a Vancouver Island poetry booklet in recognition of National Poetry Month. (Josef Jacobson/The News Bulletin)

Nanaimo Harbourfront Library publishes booklet for National Poetry Month

Collection features winners of ‘Poem in your Pocket’ contest

Nanaimo Harbourfront Library librarian April Ripley led the effort to create a Vancouver Island poetry booklet in recognition of National Poetry Month. (Josef Jacobson/The News Bulletin)
Vancouver writer Doretta Lau is judging the adult submissions to the Nanaimo Arts Council’s Islands Short Fiction Contest. (Photo Ming Kai Leung)

Nanaimo Arts Council seeks submissions for Islands Short Fiction Contest

Writers of all ages from Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands are welcome to submit

Vancouver writer Doretta Lau is judging the adult submissions to the Nanaimo Arts Council’s Islands Short Fiction Contest. (Photo Ming Kai Leung)
Naomi Beth Wakan and Tina Biello (from left) were Nanaimo’s first two poets laureate. The City of Nanaimo is now looking for a third. (Bulletin file photos)

City of Nanaimo seeks applications for next poet laureate

Successful candidate will be city’s ‘literary ambassador’ from 2021-23

Naomi Beth Wakan and Tina Biello (from left) were Nanaimo’s first two poets laureate. The City of Nanaimo is now looking for a third. (Bulletin file photos)
Gabriola Island poet Naomi Beth Wakan’s latest book is ‘Wind on the Heath.’ (Photo courtesy Elias Wakan)

Former Nanaimo poet laureate revisits past poems in latest collection

Gabriola Island’s Naomi Beth Wakan presents career-spanning ‘Wind on the Heath’

Gabriola Island poet Naomi Beth Wakan’s latest book is ‘Wind on the Heath.’ (Photo courtesy Elias Wakan)
Submissions are open for Vancouver Island Regional Library’s new online arts and literature magazine, ‘Sea and Cedar.’ (Bulletin file photo)

Submissions sought for library’s new digital arts and literature publication

‘Sea and Cedar’ magazine an initiative of Nanaimo Harbourfront Library

Submissions are open for Vancouver Island Regional Library’s new online arts and literature magazine, ‘Sea and Cedar.’ (Bulletin file photo)
Literacy Central Vancouver Island youth literacy coordinator Delaney Gunn collected stories and art works by youths experiencing homelessness in the latest issue of LCVI’s ‘Place’ magazine. (Photo submitted)

Magazine collects stories and art by Nanaimo youths experiencing homelessness

Literacy Central Vancouver Island presents latest issue of ‘Place’ magazine

Literacy Central Vancouver Island youth literacy coordinator Delaney Gunn collected stories and art works by youths experiencing homelessness in the latest issue of LCVI’s ‘Place’ magazine. (Photo submitted)
Nanaimo poet Kim Goldberg has written a poem in memory of her fried Leonard Williams, a man experiencing homelessness who died in December. (Photo courtesy Kim Goldberg)

Nanaimo poet eulogizes friend, addresses homelessness in new poem

Kim Goldberg’s ‘Lesser Gods (for Leonard)’ memorializes friend found dead in alley

Nanaimo poet Kim Goldberg has written a poem in memory of her fried Leonard Williams, a man experiencing homelessness who died in December. (Photo courtesy Kim Goldberg)
Juno-winning Toronto dub poet Lillian Allen is VIU’s Gustafson Distinguished Poet for 2021. (Photo courtesy Karen Lee)

Juno-winning dub poet is VIU’s Gustafson Distinguished Poet this year

Lillian Allen will present online lecture, reading and Q-and-A

Juno-winning Toronto dub poet Lillian Allen is VIU’s Gustafson Distinguished Poet for 2021. (Photo courtesy Karen Lee)
Nanaimo Harbourfront Library librarian April Ripley is organizing a competition to create a booklet of Vancouver Island poetry. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo Harbourfront Library seeks submissions for poetry contest

Winning entries to be part of booklet released for National Poetry Month

Nanaimo Harbourfront Library librarian April Ripley is organizing a competition to create a booklet of Vancouver Island poetry. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)
Former park warden George Mercer has turned to writing fiction since his retirement and move to Vancouver Island. Photograph by Lia Crowe

Into The Wild With Writer George Mercer

A passion for parks sets the backdrop for novel series

  • Jan 6, 2021
Former park warden George Mercer has turned to writing fiction since his retirement and move to Vancouver Island. Photograph by Lia Crowe
Creativity Commons manger Jonathon Bigelow is printing copies of ‘Alone but Not Alone: Poetry in Isolation’ using the Nanaimo Harbourfront Library’s Espresso Book Machine. (Photo courtesy Corinne Shortridge)

Nanaimo Harbourfront Library releases COVID-19-themed poetry anthology

‘Alone but Not Alone: Poetry in Isolation’ features poets from across the Vancouver Island region

Creativity Commons manger Jonathon Bigelow is printing copies of ‘Alone but Not Alone: Poetry in Isolation’ using the Nanaimo Harbourfront Library’s Espresso Book Machine. (Photo courtesy Corinne Shortridge)
Dover Bay Secondary School student Victoria Hathfield’s poem <em>Dear Santa</em> appears in<em> Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas is in the Air</em>. (Photo courtesy Darren Lee)

Nanaimo high schooler has first poem published in ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’

Victoria Hathfield’s ‘Dear Santa’ appears in new Christmas-themed edition of anthology series

Dover Bay Secondary School student Victoria Hathfield’s poem <em>Dear Santa</em> appears in<em> Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas is in the Air</em>. (Photo courtesy Darren Lee)
Nanaimo poet Kamal Parmar’s latest book, ‘Still Waters,’ reflects on her mother’s experience with Alzheimer’s disease. (Photos submitted)

Nanaimo poet reflects on mother’s struggle with Alzheimer’s disease in new book

Kamal Parmar is presenting online readings from latest poetry collection, ‘Still Waters’

Nanaimo poet Kamal Parmar’s latest book, ‘Still Waters,’ reflects on her mother’s experience with Alzheimer’s disease. (Photos submitted)
Nanaimo librarian and “novice poet” April Hilland is launching a new low-barrier poetry journal called <em>Van Isle Poetry Collective</em>. (Photo courtesy Inspired Spirits Photography)

Nanaimo librarian launches new Vancouver Island poetry journal

Island-themed poems dominate inaugural issue of ‘Van Isle Poetry Collective’

Nanaimo librarian and “novice poet” April Hilland is launching a new low-barrier poetry journal called <em>Van Isle Poetry Collective</em>. (Photo courtesy Inspired Spirits Photography)
Toronto poet Robert Priest is presenting an online reading on Oct. 24. (Photo courtesy Allen Booth)

Nanaimo spoken word society presents online reading by prolific Toronto poet

Robert Priest to dip into 40-year catalogue for upcoming Zoom reading

Toronto poet Robert Priest is presenting an online reading on Oct. 24. (Photo courtesy Allen Booth)