Sunday, August 14, 2011

A great day for poetry

Yesterday was the 8th Annual Summer Dreams Literary Arts Festival. Sponsored by Pandora's Collective, it's held at Lumberman's Arch in Vancouver's beautiful Stanley Park, and with all that sea and sky and tall trees around, it's a setting that's hard to beat. 

The only bad part about it is that there are so many different things going on -- readings, panel discussions, open mic sessions, workshops -- it's hard to get around to see and hear all that you might want to.

The performer above, Mike Johnson, is a talented performer of slam poetry. He's part of a group that takes part in Monday night sessions at Cafe Deux Soleil.

The photo to the side is one of Vancouver's most dedicated mentors, Betsy Warland, just after she's received an award from the director of the Vancouver International Writers' Festival, Hal Wake.

Great weather, wonderful poems, what a combination. But really, shouldn't every day be a great day for poetry!

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