This is what our endless shopping is doing to or planet.
This is what our insatiable (bottomless hole) desire to gather things and throw away mindlessly is doing to our planet.
This is what our hard earned money wasted on temporary things that comes in wrapped in garbage that we toss into the oceans.
This is our doing and the good news is WE CAN FIX THIS!
1) Stop buying things you can live the rest of your life without.
2) stop gifting. People who don’t love you if you don’t gift them, are not worth it to be in your life.
3) you are under no obligation to buy what they advertise, EVER.
4) start reusing things the way we did in the past.
5) learn to become minimalist & learn to fast to open your eyes to the reality of our world.
6) the list is endless…. you know better than me.

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Working on my MSS


My busy summer is keeping me away from my website and from completing my third book of poems (manuscript) to give to publisher. I need a bit more time so. stay tuned for the big announcement. I am really excited.


Once this book is out, I will dedicate all my energy on my memoire. The story of my journey from Iraq to Canada.

Poetry Recital Aug. 9 @6pm

Hello 🙂
On Thursday August 9th from 6-8pm at Guildford Library in the Fireplace lounge there is a poetry recital event hosted by Surrey Writers and our host is Alan Woo. I am one of the poets on Open Mic. It would please me to see you there. Come and enjoy poetry at:

Guildford Library 
15105 105th Avenue, Surrey, BC, Canada V3R 7G8
T 604.598.7371 |



Poetry In The Park photos :)

Photos by Janet Kvammen
I was honored to be feature poet at Poetry In The Park on Wednesday July 4, 2018 in New Westminster, BC in Queens Park.
All summer long, every Wednesday, go to Queens Park 6:30-8:30pm at the bandshell and enjoy poetry & open mic


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Buy my books at Indigo-Chapters at Metrotown in Burnaby

I just got this from Indigo-Chapters at Metrotown in Burnaby, BC Canada

“I just wanted to kick off July by announcing that your book is officially available to purchase off our shelves! We will start by featuring them on the Best of BC wall next to the cash desk for the next few weeks.”

Spread the news & SHARE tell everyone please 

My poem is in the Royal City Literary Art Society eZine Magazine June 2018 edition

June 2018 RCLAS Wordplay at Work Issue 55
ISSN 2291- 4269, 66 pages.

Feature of the Month: Write on! Contest Fiction Winners featuring Claire Lawrence, Chelsea Comeau, Bryant Ross, H.W. Bryce, Tatjana Mirkov- Popovicki, Tiffany Crawford. Farewell to the President and a welcome to the new. Upcoming RCLAS events including Poetry in the Park and In Their Words, Contributing writers: Alan Hill, Lozan Yamolky, H.W. Bryce, Cynthia Sharp, Deborah L. Kelly, Jenny Ihaksi, Kathy Figueroa, Hope Lauterbach, Janet Kvammen. 2018 Fred Cogswell Award For Excellence In Poetry criteria. Deadline Oct 1, 2018
Editor/Designer: Janet Kvammen.



Come to (Poetry In The Park) Summer 2018 OPENING NIGHT Wednesday July 4 @6:30pm

Hello! Summer is here! 

RCLAS is happy to announce that Poetry in the Park is back!

Poetry in the Park Summer 2018 OPENING NIGHT WED evening JULY 4 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
at the Queen’s Park Bandshell in the heart of #NewWest #pippiphooray

July 4 will feature poets Jude Neale and Lozan Yamolky. 

Opening Night is hosted by poet Alan Girling.
Every Wed evening through the summer up to August 29.

Janet Kvammen

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