Federation of BC Writers is hosting (Summer of Inclusion) Saturday July 27, 2019 1- 3pm

Please join Artists Helping Artists and the Federation of BC Writers for a special Poetry Open Mic. Happening on Saturday July 27th from 1- 3PM at Artists Helping Artists studio to celebrate a “Summer of Inclusion”, this FREE event is open to everyone!

The featured poets will be sharing their poetry and prose inspired by the summer season and the concept of “Inclusion” followed by an open mic for the audience to share their own works. They encourage an interactive evening for artists and audience to foster an appreciation of the space and the words coming together to create a memorable and engaging evening.


Our Featured Poets

Cynthia Sharp is the Federation of BC Writers Greater Vancouver Regional Rep and a full member of The League of Canadian Poets. The author of Rainforest in Russet, she’s featured at The Vancouver International Writer’s Festival, Word Vancouver, The SFU Reading Series, The Vancouver Pubic Library, YVR Authors, Words on Fire in Port Alberni, The Writers Read Series in Toronto, Poesic Fest in Denver and events through North America and been published and broadcast internationally.

Lara Varesi is president of Burnaby Writers’ Society and organizes and hosts the Society’s reading series Spoken INK. Lara has been fortunate to host and feature at many events, and is currently lost in what feels like the never-ending process of writing and editing with the goal of completing her first poetry manuscript.

Adriane Giberson is a wordsmith and an artist. A Montreal native, she moved to Vancouver by way of California and has been getting her feet wet in the Pacific Northwest since 2009. An alumni of Simon Fraser University’s The Writer’s Studio Online program, she is currently working on a collection of poetry and fictional pieces in the form of short stories and a novel (or two). Her artwork has been published in Collaborative Art Journals and Shared Visions in Mixed Media by L.K. Ludwig.

Melody Owen grew up in Ontario on a small family beef cattle farm until she was eleven. After moving to the city, her family fell apart, as did her world. The Devil’s Daughter tells the difficult story of those times with honesty, courage and humour. Melody now lives in Vancouver, BC, with her two lovely daughters. She heads up YVR Authors, supporting local authors as they write, publish and promote their books.

Vancouver author, poet, songwriter Bill Arnott is the bestselling author of Dromomania and Gone Viking: A Travel Saga. Bill’s Indie Folk CD is Studio 6. His work is published in Canada, the US, the UK, Europe and Asia. His column Poetry Beat is published by the League of Canadian Poets and the Federation of BC Writers. Bill has a 2019 poetry prize from Pandora’s Collective and is shortlisted for the Whistler Independent Book Awards 2019 with Gone Viking.


Lozan Yamolky is Canadian-Kurdish from Northern Iraq. She immigrated to Canada in 1995 and started reciting and writing new poetry in the fall of 2013 through open mic events. She is a freelance English, Kurdish and Arabic interpreter. Her debut poetry book, I’m No Hero, published by Silver Bow, was launched in 2016, followed by her collection Counting Waves. Her Latest poetry collection was Self-Published and soft launched in February 2019 (Dreamers Needed).

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