Tuesday, 7 February 2012

February at Planet Earth Poetry

Friday February 10 Dvora Levin, Editor of Voices from the Edge hosts to launch this new collection

Come hear a group of poets from Peers Victoria and Cool Aid's Rock Bay Landing shelter who write a unique visceral poetry from the banks of the mainstream.

Meet the poets, and hear their words, at the book launch of Voices from the Edge.
Books and CDs available.
All proceeds will support creative projects for Peers and Cool Aid clients.

Dvora Levin has published Sharav, her first full-length book of poems, and the chapbook This Time In the Land, as well as poems in five chapbooks edited by Patrick Lane (Leaf Press). A regular reader at Planet Earth Poetry in Victoria, BC, she has read poems on CBC Radio and participated in the Poet Tree Project. She leads poetry writing workshops in the workplace and for people of the street. 

February 17: Beth Kope and Jude Neale read from Leaf Press collections

Beth Kope has lived in Alberta, Quebec, Australia and finds herself at home in Victoria, B.C., along with two grown and independent daughters, her husband and lovely dogs. She has worked as a special education teacher with autistic adolescents and adults, as a researcher, volunteer coordinator, contract writer and now supports students at Camosun College.

Jude Neale's first book of poetry is called The Perfect Word Collapses. She has been featured frequently with Ascent Aspirations Magazine and was recently awarded an honourable mention for her short story submission in the 2010 winter edition.
  When Jude isn’t writing she is giving vocal concerts, where she enjoys sharing her rich mezzo-soprano voice with others. She lives with her partner, three cats, and one dog on a small island near Vancouver, Canada.

February 24 Sheri-D Wilson and Billeh Nickerson read from new collections!

In 2009 CBC called her one of the Top 10 Poets in Canada – she’s performed the world: from Poetry Africa, Vancouver International Writers Festival, Montreal’s Blue Met, NYC’s Bowery Club, maelstrÖm festival in Brussels, Taos Circus, to Bumbershoot in Seattle – & in 2003 she won the USA Heavyweight title for poetry.
She has 7 collections of poetry, 2 CD’s, 4 VideoPoems, and a myriad of awards. Way back when, she attended Naropa, Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, & still practices Buddhism and loves the beat!
She’s been Artistic Director, Calgary Spoken Word Festival, since 2004
Director, Spoken Word Program at Banff Centre, since 2007
Editor, Spoken Word Workbook: inspiration from poets who teach, 2011.

Billeh Nickerson


Born in Halifax and raised in Langley, BC, Billeh Nickerson is the author of the poetry collections The Asthmatic Glassblower and McPoems. He also authored the humour collection Let Me Kiss It Better, and is co-editor of Seminal: The Anthology of Canada's Gay Male Poets . He performs frequently at literary festivals across Canada and teaches creative writing at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver.