Signature Reading Series
Where: Suite 100, 1150 8th Avenue
When: Oct. 11, 2012
Join the SWG for an evening with Victoria writers Yvonne Blomer and Cynthia Woodman Kerkham as they read from their latest collections. Yvonne and Cynthia are travelling through the province promoting their work, so come out to this free reading to hear and meet the authors!
Refreshments will be served!
Yvonne Blomer lives in Victoria, BC where she works as a poet, memoirist, writing teacher, event organizer and mom. She was born in Zimbabwe and came to Canada when she was two years old. With her husband she has taught in Japan, cycled in Southeast Asia and lived in the UK where she completed an MA in Creative Writing: Poetry. Her poems have twice been shortlisted for the CBC Literary awards and have appeared in literary journals in Canada, the US, Japan and the UK. Her first collection of poetry, “a broken mirror, fallen leaf” (Ekstasis Editions), was shortlisted for The Gerald Lampert Memorial Award in 2007. She is the host/organizer of the Planet Earth Poetry Reading Series in Victoria, BC. In June 2012, Yvonne’s illustrated series of poems Bicycle Brand Journey launched with Jack Pine Press, and “The Book of Places” launched with Black Moss Press.
Cynthia Woodman Kerkham was born in Toronto and raised in Hong Kong and Vancouver. She has a degree in Asian Studies and English literature from UBC and has worked as an au pair in France, a potter, a journalist and a teacher. Her poems have appeared in literary journals in Canada and the US. In 2009 she won the Federation of BC Writers Literary Writes Competition, and in 2011 she won the Malahat Review's Open Season Award for poetry. In 2012, her poem “In Praise of Mushrooms” was selected for BC’s Poetry in Transit. Good Holding Ground, her debut collection of poems, was published in spring 2011 by Palimpsest Press. When not sailing the Westcoast, she lives with her family in Victoria in a constant state of renovation.