Aug 5, 2014 Poetry Matters Nanaimo Changes Cascadia Poetry Festival Show
David Fraser and Kim Goldberg launch the Poetry Matters stream on Changes by talking about next year's Cascadia Poetry Festival, which will be held in Nanaimo - and by explaining how bioregionalism and poetry connect. They also talk about events that will happen before then, including the Hazelwood Writers' Festival on August 10 and the monthly Living Room events that will start in late September. For more on the Cascadia Poetry Festival, see Cascadia Poetry Festival
Sept. 16, 2014: Poetry Matters Nanaimo Changes Text Magazine with Shaleeta Harper and Philip Gordon
Fraser brings us a new thread on Changes: Poetry Matters. His guests on this first show are Shaleeta Harper and Phillip Gordon, both VIU students, accomplished poets, and literary magazine editors. Both read from their work, and David reads from the work of Kate Braid and Brenda Hillman. He also mentions several upcoming events. FMI see Wordstorm, Culture Days, The Federation of BC Writers, and Cascadia Poetry Festival
Oct. 28 2014 Poetry Matters October Changes Yvonne Blomer with her new book As If A Raven
Today David talks with Yvonne Blomer, Artistic Director of the Planet Earth Poetry reading series in Victoria. They converse about connecting with poetry for enjoyment, poetry that isn't what you had to read in school, the process of writing poetry, where ideas come from, and more. Yvonne reads from her new collection, As If A Raven. Also mentioned are the Covert Poverts, the Living Room, WordStorm - and, of course, the Cascadia Poetry Festival
Nov. 18, 2014 Poetry and Healing Changes Richard Osler - Recovering Words
On this Poetry Matters show, David's guest - Richard Osler - shares his thoughts on poetry as healing for both the individual and the world. They talk about the yearning for something transcendent and sublime, and about "poetry of greater concern." They ask, "Do we write because we know, or do we know because we write?" Richard reads from the work of several poets to illustrate the concepts that he and David explore. For more about Richard, see Recovering Words
Jan., 2015 Poetry and Activism Changes with Kim Goldberg and Stephen Collis
On this edition of Poetry Matters, hosts David Fraser and Kim Goldberg chat with Vancouver poet Stephen Collis about poetry and activism. Stephen is an SFU professor as well as the poetry editor of Canadian Literature magazine. He was sued by Kinder Morgan for his presence on Burnaby Mountain last fall to protest a planned pipeline. And he helped organize the State of Extraction conference at SFU planned for March, 2015. Stephen will be part of the Cascadia Poetry Festival mounted in Nanaimo this coming April 30 - May 3. FMI: www.cascadiapoetryfestival.org and also www.stateofextraction.org
March 17, 2015 Poetry Matters with Sam Hamill
American poet Sam Hamill does not shy away from the hard realities of war, poverty, personal loss, and ecological collapse, and he writes about them in a way that is accessible and down to earth. David Fraser plays a number of readings recorded by Hamill in his gritty, engaging voice; then David offers comments. Sam Hamill will deliver the keynote address at the Cascadia Poetry Festival, to be held in Nanaimo April 30 - May 3. See http://cascadiapoetryfestival.org/ for details.
David Fraser and Kim Goldberg are joined by Stephen Collis on the phone in paying tribute to the late Nanaimo poet and photographer, Peter Culley, who passed away a few days before this show. He was to have participated in the Cascadia Poetry Festival, which was just over two weeks away at the time. David and Kim also mention some of the many attractions to expect at this Festival involving dozens of poets from the Cascadia bioregion, which spans an area from Northern California to the Alaska panhandle and from Haida Gwaii and Vancouver Island to the BC Interior and the Columbia River watershed. For more, see cascadiapoetryfestival.org or find Cascadia Poetry Festival on Facebook and Twitter. See also the Cascadia Review - cascadiareview.org - for a taste of the poetry to be featured at the Festival, as well as www.leafpress.ca for more on the local publisher of the anthology, Make It True, which will be featured at the Festival.