On Saturday, July 9, 2016, at 12 noon at St. Marten’s Church, Yvonne Blomer, Poet Laureate of Victoria, B.C., and Yukon poet Jamella Hagen will read from their works of poetry and share in a conversation with host Lily Gontard. This event is being recorded for a podcast.
Yvonne Blomer is Victoria, B.C.’s Poet Laureate. Her most recent collection of poems is As if a Raven (Palimpsest Press, 2014). Her previous books include The Book of Places (Black Moss Press, 2012) and a broken mirror, fallen leaf (Ekstasis Editions, 2006) which was short listed for the Gerald LampertMemorial Award. Her travel memoir Sugar Ride: Cycling from Hanoi to Kuala Lumpur is forthcoming with Palimpsest Press in the spring of 2017. From 2009-2015 Yvonne was the Artistic Director of the Planet Earth Poetry reading series from which she co- edited the anthology Poems from Planet Earth (Leaf Press).
Jamella Hagen grew up in Hazelton, BC and has lived in Vancouver, Brazil and South Korea. Her poems have appeared in journals across Canada including Arc, Event and The Malahat Review as well as in the anthologies Unfurled: Collected Poetry from Northern BC Women, Ice Floe: New and Selected Poems and The Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2010. Her work has won The Fiddlehead’s Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize, placed third in This Magazine’s Great Canadian Literary Hunt and been shortlisted for a CBC Literary Award. She has a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from UBC, is a former executive editor of PRISM international and has coordinated the Whitehorse Poetry Festival. She currently lives in Whitehorse, Yukon, and is an instructor at Yukon College.
Dave White on CBC Radio Airplay recently interviewed Joanna Lilley and me about Words and Whatnot, a poetry reading and conversation event at the Woodcutter’s Blanket in Whitehorse, Yukon, on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, featuring poets Talya Rubin and Erin Brubacher
I’ve started a collaborative multimedia project with photographer Mark Kelly. We’ll be travelling on the Alaska Highway photographing, making video, interviewing people and writing about what life is like along the highway corridor in the twenty-first century.
Lily Gontard is a writer living in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. Her fiction, poetry and non-fiction have appeared in magazines such as Geist,The Puritan Magazine, Cirque, and The New Quarterly. New non-fiction appears in Door=Jar and Issue 1.2 of The Violet Hour Magazine, and new poetry in the spring 2017 issue of Pushing Out the Boat. Her first non-fiction book Beyond Mile Zero, a collaboration with photographer Mark Kelly which explores the vanishing Alaska Highway lodge community was published in April 2017 by Lost Moose, an imprint of Harbour Publishing.
Lily is a regular contributor to the “Endnotes” review section of Geist magazine. Throughout her career in publishing she worked as a self-employed editor and designer, as well as in different roles for several magazines, including the Malahat Review, the Georgia Strait, Geist, and Arcticamag.ca. She was the founding editor of Yukon, North of Ordinary magazine and of the now-defunct circumpolar art and culture magazine Arcticamag.ca.
Lily’s film and TV projects in development include a feature-length screenplay co-written with K. G. Green and two TV series co-written with Tonya Mallet. Lily’s fiction is represented by Kris Rothstein with the Carolyn Swayze Literary Agency.