Meet the Writers


This event sponsored by: Sunshine Coast Credit Union


4:00 pm ~ Saturday ~ August 18

Refugium: Poems for the Pacific

Yvonne Blomer
Yvonne Blomer
Maleea Acker
Philip Kevin Paul
Philip Kevin Paul

Warming oceans, rising sea levels, increasing acidification of the waters, the poems in this collection are angry, sad, fearful, hopeful, powerfully personal and unabashedly honest. Three contributors will be appearing at the Festival.

Yvonne Blomer is the editor of Refugium, and is Victoria’s poet laureate. She is author of three collections of poetry, and winner of the 2017 Overleaf Award from Leaf Press. Her most recent book is Sugar Ride: Riding from Hanoi to Kuala Lumpur, which chronicles her cycling adventure through Asia while managing her diabetes.

Maleea Acker has been published in numerous journals and anthologies and writes a monthly environmental column for Focus Magazine. She is the author of two collections of poetry, one nonfiction book, and currently teaches at Camosun College and the University of Victoria.

Philip Kevin Paul is a member of the WSÁ,NEC Nation from the Saanich Peninsula on Vancouver Island. His first collection of poetry, Taking the Names Down from the Hill, won the 2004 Dorothy Livesay Award for Poetry, while his second book, Little Hunger, was shortlisted for the 2009 Governor General’s Award.

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