POETRY: Fermented Love

Fermented Love I’ve been sipping on my own vanity for too long and the tea bag’s turned me bitter. I’ve been yours for so long that I’ve forgotten I am…

Decolonizing language: Jordan Abel’s poetry breaks rules, erases boundaries

My first exposure to Jordan Abel came in my second-year poetry class at the University of Victoria. Abel came into our class to perform several pieces, and rather than stand…

New poet laureate hopes to give back to arts community

If anyone deserves to be “the champion for youth and the literary arts” in Victoria, it’s probably Ann-Bernice Thomas. A second-year Theatre and Creative Writing student at UVic involved in…

Tongues of Fire still burning ten years later

On Sept. 29, 2005, four writers sat in a café in downtown Victoria, wondering if anyone would come to the Tongues of Fire spoken word night they had organized for…

Victoria Festival of Spoken Word

The fifth annual Victoria Festival of Spoken Word (VFSW) began Feb. 23 and will continue until Mar. 1. Each night will champion a new concept like the “Instant Slam” (featured…

Slam poetry epiphanies

The Canadian Festival of Spoken Word (CFSW) is a five-day annual competition of slam poetry for national glory, which took place this year in Victoria on Oct. 13-Oct. 18.

New audience for spoken word poetry?

While the first Vike’s Men’s football game led to a loss against the UBC Thunderbirds, Jeremy Loveday’s spoken word poem “Masks Off: a Message to Men” scored with many in…

For new poetry fans

An interview with John Barton and Chris Hutchinson

Victoria shows poetic innovation

By year’s end, Victoria could have first youth poet laureate in Canada

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