Local Highlights of Poetry Month Events

Lovers of art and poetry will converge at two creative events in April in celebration of Poetry Month. These ekphrastic events – ekphrastic meaning a conversation between two pieces of art – will take place at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and the Central Library, and are designed to bring art, poetry and the community together.


Troy Moth | The Moss Merchant, 2014 | c-print | Courtesy of the Artist

What Place, And Home – Poet Laureate Yvonne Blomer hosts an evening of creative collaboration on Thursday, April 9 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the AGGV (1040 Moss Street). Alongside local poets, Blomer will read original poems written in response to the current AGGV art exhibition In Another Place, And Here. Guest readers include Youth Poet Laureate Zoé Duhaime and Victoria notables Lorna Crozier, John Barton, Rhonda Ganz, Arleen Paré, Pam Porter and Cynthia Woodman Kerkham. The event is free and is presented by the City of Victoria and the AGGV. Registration is not required. Admission to the Gallery is free from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., courtesy of Scotia McLeod.


Meryl McMasters | Sentience, 2010 | digital chromogenic print | 60.96 x 60.96 cm | Courtesy of the Artist and Katzman Contemporary

Poets Converse With Street Art Take part in a free walking tour of downtown art and poetry on Saturday, April 25 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. During the tour, poets will read an original poem they have written in response to a downtown art piece. The 1.5-hour tour starts and ends at the Central Library (735 Broughton Street) and includes a stop at the Open Space Gallery (510 Fort Street, 2nd Floor), to view Spine, Anne J. Steves’ exhibition on the use of string figures. Hosted by Poet Laureate Yvonne Blomer and Youth Poet Laureate Zoé Duhaime, the tour includes guest poets Wendy Morton, Garth Martens, Rhona McAdam and Daniel G. Scott. Register at gvpl.ca or call 250-940-GVPL (4875) for more information.


Nadia Huggins | Quicksilver, 2014 | digital photograph | Courtesy of the Artist

Established in Canada in April 1999 by the League of Canadian Poets, National Poetry Month celebrates poetry and its vital place in Canada’s culture. For more information, visit: http://www.victoria.ca/poetlaureate.