Title: Earthwalk: A Poetic Walk among Forests and Shorelines
Authors: Tyee Bridge, Elaine Woo, Jordan Abel, Alex Leslie, Stephen Collis, Bernice Lever, and Elena Johnson, with introductions by Celia Brauer of False Creek Watershed Society and Tyee Bridge of Fraser Riverkeeper
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Publication date: December 1, 2012
Totem poles on cover: Copyright by Kenneth Cheung, used with standard license from IStockPhoto
This book is a compilation of poems read while Vancouver poets and members of the community took part in an Earthwalk at Stanley Park, hosted by the False Creek Watershed Society. The group began at the north end of Avison Way, hiked east on Kinglet Trail, and then headed over to the seawall. Mid-point on their walk among forests and shorelines, they stopped at the historical totem poles. Heading back, after noticing a tanker in the inlet, the crowd grouped together beneath a large and welcoming Linden tree (also known as a basswood tree). Stops during the walk featured eco-poetry readings by Tyee Bridge, Elaine Woo, Jordan Abel, Jeremie Marion (not included in book), Alex Leslie, Stephen Collis, and Bernice Lever. Elena Johnson, who could not make it that day, has a couple poems in the book too.
Moon Willow Press’s Mary Woodbury led the walk and is deeply grateful to Elaine Woo for organizing all the readers and helping to plan the day, to all the poets who gave us something to think about, to the community who walked with us, to Tyee for his in-depth coverage of the history and ecology of the park, and to Morgan Woodbury for photographing and all-around support. Thanks also to Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion for organizing the 100,000 Poets for Change event, which happened today in 115 countries–in more than 800 events around the world–and led to the nature of our event. This is the second year Mary has led the Vancouver chapter of 100,000 Poets for Change: a day for poets to push for positive change in the world, each event unique to its locality.
About the Authors
Tyee Bridge writes about ecological issues, religion, and myth. Born in the Canadian Gulf Islands, he grew up in nearby Washington state and moved back to BC in 2001. A recent essay on mythic stories, “The Things Ink May Do,” has been chosen for inclusion in the 2010 edition of The Best Canadian Essays. He is currently at work on a non-fiction book about the end of the world. Tyee is also Communications Director at Fraser Riverkeeper.
Elaine Woo is the author of the chapbook, Dawn in the Moment, forthcoming in early 2013. She facilitates creative writing classes for Megaphone Magazine. She was a co-organizer with Mary Sands Woodbury of 100 Thousand Poets for Change’s 2012 participation in Stanley Park’s Poetic Walk through Nature—among Forests and Shorelines.
Jordan Abel is a First Nations writer whose work has been published in Grain, CV2 and Canadian Literature. He is a contributing editor for Geist and a former editor for PRISM international. His first book collection of poetry is forthcoming from Talonbooks. Visit him at jordanabel.ca.
Alex Leslie’s collection of stories People Who Disappear was published this year by Freehand. Her chapbook of microfictions 20 Objects for the New World was published in 2011 by Nomados. She edited the queer issue of Poetry Is Dead and has published in many journals.
Stephen Collis is the author of four books of poetry, the most recent of which, On the Material (Talon Books 2010), was the recipient of the 2011 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. Recently published is a collection of essays on the Occupy movement, Dispatches from the Occupation (Talon Books 2012). Also look forward to the next installment of “The Barricades Project,” his poetic exploration of social revolution: To the Barricades (Talon Books 2013). Stephen teaches poetry and poetics at Simon Fraser University.
Elena Johnson has been a finalist for the CBC Literary Awards and the Alfred G. Bailey Prize for poetry. Her work can be found in literary journals across Canada. She has worked as field ecologist and park naturalist and was once writer in residence at a remote Yukon research station. She moved to Vancouver from New Brunswick five years ago and is still getting to know the names of west coast plants and birds.
A poet, freelance editor and workshop leader, Bernice Lever enjoys Bowen Island life. Her 10th poetry book is “Imagining Lives”, Black Moss Press, 2012. She edited WAVES magazine, 1972-1987. Bernice’s travels led her to read poems on 5 continents. Her grammar & composition CD is “The Colour of Words”. Active in many writing organizations, she is delighted to hear and help other writers. Bernice gets “high” on words. www.colourofwords.com.