IMPORTANT: You will need to register for the event.

WHAT: The Single Onion presents a special Water Series event. Poets on water with: Yvonne Blomer, Cynthia Woodman, Anushka Azadi and Joanna Lilley.  

WHEN: Thursday, June 17th, 7:00 pm (MST)

WHERE: Register for the Zoom link here:

About the readers:

Yvonne Blomer: Writing, critic, teacher and poet, Yvonne Blomer is the author of the critically acclaimed travel memoir Sugar Ride: Cycling from Hanoi to Kuala Lumpur, and three books of poetry, most recently As if a Raven. She works as an editor, teacher and mentor in poetry and memoir. She served as the city of Victoria poet laureate from 2015–2018. In 2017 Yvonne edited the anthology Refugium: Poems for the Pacific and in 2020, Sweet Water: Poems for the Watersheds, both with Caitlin Press. Her book In Ruins is also forthcoming with Caitlin Press in 2022.

Cynthia Woodman Kerkham was born in Toronto and raised in Hong Kong and Vancouver. She has a degree in Asian Studies and English literature and has worked as an au pair (in France), a potter, a journalist, and a teacher. Cynthia’s poems have appeared in many literary journals; in 2009, she won the Federation of BC Writers Literary Writes Competition and, in 2011, the Malahat Review’s Open Season Award for poetry. Good Holding Ground, her debut collection of poems, was published in 2011 by Palimpsest Press.  When not sailing the west coast, Cynthia lives with her family in Victoria in a constant state of renovation.

Anushka Azadi is a queer Ismaili Muslim, frontline defender, legal advocate, broadcast journalist, writer, performer, community organizer and all around bad bitch.

Joanna Lilley’s fifth book and third poetry collection, Endlings, is all about extinction and was published by Turnstone Press in 2020. She’s also the author of a novel, Worry Stones (Ronsdale Press), which was longlisted for the Caledonia Novel Award, and a short story collection, The Birthday Books (Hagios Press). Joanna’s other poetry collections are If There Were Roads (Turnstone Press), and The Fleece Era (Brick Books) which was nominated for the Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry. Joanna is on the board of the new Yukon Words society which is committed to supporting the territory’s word arts. From the UK, Joanna now lives in Whitehorse, Yukon, where she’s grateful to reside on the Traditional Territories of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council.

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We gratefully acknowledge the support of The Canada Council for the Arts, The League of Canadian Poets, and the Calgary Arts Development.

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