“Poetry, like bread, is for everyone.”
–Roque Dalton

When: Thursday, June 22, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Come break bread with us! Through guided exercises, including the emulation of accomplished Canadian poets, you will have the opportunity to orchestrate your senses, intellect, emotions and words to produce a suite of your own poems. In the first part of the workshop, you will participate in group exercises and engage in individual writing. In the second part, you will read your work and receive feedback from the rest of the participants. We will draw some basic guidelines together, so as to ensure that everyone can work in a constructive, respectful and safe environment.

With writer-in-residence Carmen Rodriguez. Bilingual writer, educator and journalist Carmen Rodríguez was born in Valdivia, Chile, and came to Vancouver in 1974 as a political exile of the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship. As an educator, Rodríguez has worked as a facilitator, programmer, teacher, and professor in the fields of literature, cultural studies, creative writing, language instruction, adult literacy, popular education, and educational sciences. She has practised this work in a variety of contexts: community centres, shanty towns, First Nations communities, schools and universities. Between 1989 and 2010, she taught at Simon Fraser University, first in the Faculty of Education and later in the Latin American Studies Program. In the latter part of her teaching career, she was also appointed writer-in-residence and adjunct professor at the Department of French, Hispanic, and Italian Studies of the University of British Columbia.

Canada Day at Historic Joy Kogawa House

When: Sunday, July 2, 1:30 – 3:30p.m.

Join poet and paper artist Terry Ann Carter for a book making workshop to create small books suitable for sheltering haiku or other short poems. We will make a contemporary version of a palm leaf book, a tag book, and a four-fold book, plus demonstrations for a few other “structures.” All materials provided.

President of Haiku Canada, Terry Ann Carter is the author of five collections of poetry and five haiku chapbooks; she recently co-edited Erotic Haiku: Of Skin on Skin with George Swede (Black Moss Press, 2017). She is a member of the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild.


To register for one or both workshops, email info@kogawahouse.com. Registration by donation.
Free for members.