Those who love words on paper and spoken aloud will want to head on up to the Bean Scene Salon (second floor of Vernon’s Bean Scene coffee house) Wednesday, Nov. 26 for an evening of poetry readings.
Organized by retired Okanagan College writing professor and regional dean John Lent, with support from Bean Scene owner Phil Lambert, the reading features Saskatoon poet Fionncara MacEoin and Vancouver’s Dennis E. Bolen.
“Phil Lambert has envisioned the Bean Scene Salon and it makes the perfect venue to feature both out-of-town writers and our own writing community,” said Lent, adding, “I know Vernon and Kelowna have one of the most amazing writing communities in this country. Other writers want to come and read here because of it.”
MacEoin has participated in writing retreats in Saskatchewan and the Banff Centre. Her poems have appeared in periodicals and she has two books published: a chapbook called Even The Sky Parts (Jackpine Press, 2011) and, most recently, Not The First Thing I’ve Missed (Thistledown Press, 2014).
Bolen is a novelist, editor, teacher and journalist, who has been publishing his work since 1975. He has a bachelor’s in creative writing from the University of Victoria and a master’s in creative writing from UBC.
He was an associate editor of subTerrain magazine for 10 years, and has published seven books of fiction.
Bolen’s reading in Vernon has been assisted, in part, by the Canada Council for The Arts and the Writers Union of Canada.
Tickets are $10 at the Bean Scene (advance) or at the door. Secondary school, Okanagan College and UBCO students will be admitted free. Proceeds from the event are going to the Bean Scene’s Love Locks project for the North Okanagan Youth and Family Services Society’s new youth residential facility.