September - Yvonne Blomer and Kerry Gilbert

September 20, 2017


Yvonne Blomer is the Poet Laureate of Victoria, British Columbia. Born in Zimbabwe, she has lived in Japan and England and has cycled in Southeast Asia, Japan, Mexico, Canada, France and the UK. Her most recent poetry collection is As if a Raven (Palimpsest Press, 2014). Her first book of poems A Broken Mirror, Fallen Leaf was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. In the spring of 2017 Sugar Ride: Cycling from Hanoi to Kuala Lumpur was released with Palimpsest Press.



Kerry Gilbert grew up in the Okanagan. She has lived on Vancouver Island, in South Korea, and in Australia. She now lives back in the valley, where she teaches Creative Writing at Okanagan College and raises her three children. Her first book of poetry, (kerplnk): a verse novel of development, was published in 2005 with Kalamalka Press. Her second book of poetry, Tight Wire, was published in 2016 with Mother Tongue Publishing. Most recently she won the Gwendolyn MacEwen Poetry Award for Best Suite by an Emerging Writer 2016/2017. The suite is the core of a new verse manuscript called Little Red, set to be published with Mother Tongue Spring 2019.