Calling all youth artists for Poetry Gabriola’s “Foun10 of Uth” event

Jane Reddington

Sounder Staff

Tuesday, July 26 2016

Writers between 13 and 19 years of age have a chance to create some great poetry this summer with Poetry Gabriola’s “Foun10 of Uth” project. Poetry Gabriola is commissioning six “Poems of Place.” If you are a youth artist, send a sample of your work and a letter of interest by July 27, 2016. Work can be in any format that uses text as a central element. Each submission will be juried and the poet matched with a mentor who will help develop the work over the course of four weeks, with two mentoring sessions that take place at the Commons Poetry Yurt. On August 28 there will be a live event to share the poems.

Dinah D is the facilitator of the event and in August she will focus on working with youth on Gabriola who are interested in being mentored with their poetry. She is an upright bassist and singer in the multi-award winning children’s entertainment group the Kerplunks.

“I’m really excited to put my summer aside for this,” says Dinah D. “I’ve been wanting to work with kids and youth on the island but so much of my time these last 10 years has been working with kids across the country. I’m happy and excited to be invited and to have my focus be at home this summer.”

Dinah D says she did a lot of writing when she was a teen and was actually quite prolific. “I have a pretty good catalogue of stuff. Anyone interested in something like this will have something to show. The idea is to write something fresh. It can be anything, writing poetry, artwork with words, anything that involves using your imagination.”

“Foun10 of Uth” encourages youth to write, speak out and experiment. Youth artists will receive a commissioning fee and are asked to think of places on Gabriola and how they respond to them, how they are affected by them and what they reveal and what they hide. Work can be serious, comical, designed for the page or live performance, or can involve media or sound. 

The final works will also become part of Poetry Gabriola’s QR Anthology, a cumulative installation of cited text to be launched in August 2016.

 On why the event will be meaningful for teens, Dinah D has a few ideas. “I know when I was younger, I had some inspiring teachers, and I was part of a writing group, and a songwriter circle. There were all ages involved. It was sort of a natural mentorship going on in Southern Alberta. On Gabriola, we naturally mingle between generations because of our small population. And on August 28 we will have a live event where all the participants and mentors will share their part in the projects.”

All submissions should be directed to with Foun10 of Uth in the subject heading. Questions are welcome. With enough submissions, Dinah D will be able to hand pick mentors. 

In the meantime, she is off to the Folk on the Rocks Yellowknife music festival playing three shows with the Kerplunks. She loves to catch up with old friends in all the places she travels to, but looks forward to spending the whole month of August doing poetry on Gabriola.