Ocean Wilderness retreat, November 2013

Ocean Wilderness retreat, November 2013

Friday, February 7, 2014


Poets from two writing retreats with Patrick Lane launch their chapbooks Vanishing into the Leaves (from November 2013) and Nothing but Sound and World (from March 2013), edited by Lane and published by Leaf Press. Poets from both books will be in attendance to read their poems.

Readers from Vanishing into the Leaves: Pam Porter, Luther Allen, J.I. Kleinberg, Barbara Pelman, Lynne Mustard, Ulrike Narwani, Kerry Slavens, Susan Alexander, Tina Biello, and Wendy Donawa.

Readers from Nothing but Sound and World: Sue Gee, Owain Peach Nicholson, Leanne Boschman, Sue Mackenzie, Wendy Morton and Terry Ann Carter.

Chapbooks for sale.

Who better than a poet to write of love?

Who better than a poet to write of love?

Friday, February 14, 2014


Tonight we celebrate love: the finding of it, the loss of it, the lack of it, the delight of it. Come read your version of a love poem at a special evening where everyone reading is a featured poet. Sign up for this all open mic event. One poem per person; maximum 3 minutes.

WINNERS of our Love Poem Erasure contest will be announced and soundly kissed on the cheeks.

Happy Valentine's Day!


Friday, February 21, 2014


!!VENUE CHANGE: UVic, Human and Social Development Building, Room A240
WordsThaw Pass or Evening Ticket required. Evening ticket: $10
Students and Friends of the Malahat: $5

Planet Earth Poetry is delighted to partner this evening's event with WordsThaw, the Malahat Review’s Second Annual Symposium. Join us for Words on Ice: Evolution of the Author, featuring writers at every stage of a writing career. From high school-aged writers, University writing students, authors without a first book, those who’ve published a first book, to those with an established writing career. Panelists include paulo da costa, Cynthia Flood, Phil Hall, Anita Lahey, David Leach, Daphne Marlatt, Miranda Pearson, and Benjamin Willems. Hosted by John Barton and Yvonne Blomer.

More details at
WordsThaw 2014

Owain Peach Nicholson Bliss Carmen Award for Poetry winner, 2013 photo: Mia Watkins

Owain Peach Nicholson
Bliss Carmen Award for Poetry winner, 2013
photo: Mia Watkins

Friday, February 28, 2014


Owain Nicholson is a poet from Winnipeg, Manitoba and British Columbia’s West Kootenays. He is a graduate from the University of Victoria in both creative writing and anthropology. As a working archaeologist his poems explore people, our histories and origins, the digsite, and how we choose to interact with the natural world. His work has appeared in Prairie Fire, and he is the recipient of their 2013 Bliss Carmen Prize for Poetry. His work also appears in Planet Earth Poetry’s recent anthology, Poems from Planet Earth.

Stephen Scobie

Stephen Scobie

Stephen Scobie was born in Scotland, and has lived in Canada since 1965, in Victoria since 1981. He has published over 20 books of poetry, including McAlmon's Chinese Opera (1980; Governor-General's Award) and The Spaces in Between: Selected Poems 1965–2001. He has also published widely in criticism, on topics ranging from Canadian literature to Bob Dylan to the city of Paris. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Tonight he will be reading from his latest book: At the Limit of Breath: poems on the films of Jean-Luc Godard (University of Alberta Press, 2013).