New Member Readings

Prior to the digital shifting mandated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the LCP would host the annual Joseph Sherman New Member Reading in-person to align with our AGM. Poets proved themselves dedicated and resilient throughout the pandemic, though, and the LCP’s membership has grown and thrived under unusual and impossible circumstances. We are now excited to launch a virtual series of events to celebrate our new members, starting with nine (9) scheduled events welcoming many of the amazing poets who joined us in 2020 and 2021.  

Starting in the fall of 2022, the LCP hopes to have regularly scheduled new member events, and we’re excited to join the myriad organizers and artists who have launched exciting virtual programming since the spring of 2020.  

If you are a new member interested in participating in an event, please contact admin@poets.ca. 

Events will not be recorded for distribution after the event. 

To launch our series, we’re hosting events featuring poets by region and membership level, but we encourage poets from anywhere to join us for any of our events! 

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Bronwen Tate teaches poetry, creative nonfiction, and creative writing pedagogy in the School of Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. She is the author of the poetry collection The Silk the Moths Ignore (2021) and a contributor to the collaborative poetry collection Midwinter Constellation (2022), and her poems and essays have appeared in Bennington Review, CV2, Grain, The Rumpus, Journal of Modern Literature, and Contemporary Literature.

Frankie McGee is a queer artist, youth worker, and educator of Irish settler descent, living on the unceded territories of the Kwikwetlem, Qayqayt, Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. Frankie’s poetry invites audiences into the complexity, heaviness, joy, and unique intimacies bound up in their experiences of queerness, trans identity, disability, mental illness and neurodivergence. In all their work, artistic and otherwise, they aim to open space for people to feel freedom and power in their bodies, minds, and stories.

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Geoff Inverarity writes poetry for people who don’t like poetry (and those who do). A Commonwealth Scholar, he received his PhD in English Literature from Queen’s University, Kingston, and settled permanently on the West Coast in 1984. He’s produced and written a number of award-winning short films, taught Literature and Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia, and has also won awards for his screenplays, poetry, and non-fiction prose. He’s the founder of the Gulf Islands Poetry Festival, one of the founding members of the Gulf Islands Film and Television School, and is currently the Director of the Galiano Island Literary Festival. All the Broken Things (Anvil Press, 2021) is his first collection of poetry.

Heather Haley pushes boundaries by creatively integrating disciplines, genres and media. Her writing has appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies, she was Poetry Editor for the “LA Weekly” and publisher of the Edgewise Cafe, one of Canada’s first electronic literary magazines. Haley has directed numerous videopoems, official selections at dozens of international film festivals. Renowned as an engaging performer, she’s toured Canada, the U.S and Europe in support of two critically acclaimed AURAL Heather CDs of spoken word song, “Princess Nut” and “Surfing Season.” She is the author of poetry collections “Sideways,” “Three Blocks West of Wonderland,” “Skookum Raven” and debut novel, “The Town Slut’s Daughter,” currently being adapted to the stage.

Johnny D Trinh, is an interdisciplinary, community-engaged artist focused in spoken word, theatre, and creative technology. Johnny is founder, and artistic producer of Stage to Page Performance Society, and is based on the unceded, ancestral lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh nations. Selected highlights: TedX Bearcreek Park, Shadbolt Centre for the Arts: Fever Rising, Naked Heart Festival; BC Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture: Multiculturalism Awards, Banff Centre: Spoken Word Program Alumni, Verses Festival of Words. “It takes a community to build an artist… whether we are nurtured by it, or resist against it.” johnnydavidtrinh.com, @johnnydtrinh

Lesley-Anne Evans, an Irish-Canadian poet, writes from and stewards Feeny Wood, a contemplative Christian woodland retreat in Kelowna, B.C., on the traditional unceded territory of the Syilx Okanagan Nation. Her periodical publications include The Antigonish Review, Cascadia Review, Contemporary Verse 2, One Throne, and Presence Journal, and her poems are featured in LCP’s Poetry Pause and Fresh Voices. Committed to justice making, Lesley-Anne helped create Red Couch Gallery for marginalized artists, and SEE:kelowna, a museum exhibit sharing stories of homelessness. Lesley-Anne’s debut poetry collection Mute Swan, Poems for Maria Queen of the World, published by The St. Thomas Poetry Series (Toronto) was launched in November, 2021.

Marie Metaphor Specht is a multidisciplinary artist and educator living on the traditional territories of the Lək̓ʷəŋən speaking peoples, (Victoria, BC). Marie’s poetry leads with compassion as she endeavors to create moments of surprising intimacy. She works with the knowledge that art can breed empathy and build connections among diverse individuals and communities. Marie believes in reckless acts of beauty. She believes in the power of stories shared. www.mariemetaphor.com

Rayya Liebich is a Canadian poet of Lebanese and Polish descent. Winner of the Richard Carver Award for Emerging Writers (2019), The Geneva Literary Award (2015), and The Golden Grassroots Chapbook Award (2015), her poetry and prose have appeared in literary journals internationally. Her debut full-length collection of poems, Min Hayati, has recently been released by Inanna Publications (June, 2021). Passionate about writing as a tool for transformation, she teaches creative writing classes to youth, adults and seniors in Nelson, BC

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