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DAVID BRYDGES: The Wild West Poetry Festival from Oct. 14 to Oct. 22 had much wild bounty success. Twenty poets/musicians registered to experience various phases of the 9-day 18 event tour. We brought poetry to 4 communities (Edmonton, Jasper, Prince Rupert, and Nanaimo) in Alberta and British Columbia to celebrate Canada’s 150th plus birthday. Over 275 poems/songs in total were performed at an arts centre, Jasper streets, park, library, laundromat cafe, Pyramid Lake, seniours residence, local Legion, Via Rail dome car, community college, coffee shop, BC ferry movie theatre, and restaurant. A big thanks to Ottawa musicians Anne Hurley and Jim Videto for blending poetry and music. We truly brought poetry to the people creating a community connection. Beyond the mathematical measurements is the immeasurable ways friendships were strengthened, new ones discovered, and the greater poetry community circle enlarged by a group of adventuresome spirits.
League members participating were David Brydges, Kate Marshall Flaherty, DC Reid, Pierrette Requier, Norma Kerby, Harold Feddersen. Ann Graham Walker organized our dinner/social visit to Nanaimo attended by further league members Kim Goldberg and Janet Vickers.
Especially historic was inaugurating Jasper’s first poetry festival. Special appreciation to the League for sponsoring two Canada reading tour grants to Kate Marshall Flaherty and Pierrette Requier. Both readings during Jasper’s first festival were well attended.
MELANIE FLORES won 1st prize in Polar Expressions Publishing’s 2017 National Poetry Contest for her poem “Final Moments”. Her poem will appear, along with nearly 250 other new Canadian poems, in an anthology of Canadian poetry entitled “Let’s Fly Away”.
BARBARA E. HUNT is celebrating the launch of an unusual poetry book, DEVOTIONS (including colouring!) on Sunday, December 3rd at 728 Tulip Court, Oshawa, ON with wine, chocolate & colouring… Books will also be available come December at Amazon or www.thewritersplayground.ca. Tis the season to get your colour on!
HONEY NOVICK was honoured with a Canada 150 Outstanding Neighbour Award from the Hon. Carolyn Bennett.