Eating your words can be a great thing!

Lisa Webster-Gibson

Poetry Gabriola

Thursday, March 12 2015

In honour of National Poetry Month, Poetry Gabriola Society is happy to sponsor a day of live, poetic perFARMance!

Established in Canada in April 1998 by the League of Canadian Poets (LCP), National Poetry Month (NPM) brings together schools, publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries and poets from across the country to celebrate poetry and its vital place in Canada’s culture. 

2015 marks the 17th anniversary of National Poetry Month in Canada. This year the League is encouraging poets and hosts to explore and savour the theme of food and poetry. Inspired by Rachel Rose’s inaugural speech as Vancouver’s Poet Laureate, they want us to investigate the ways in which “food is personal, political, sensual and powerful. Food nourishes, grounds and connects us, much like poetry. Without food, as without poetry, we go hungry. There is so much that can be spoken of and written about food and one’s experience with it.”

Poetry Gabriola Society is looking for “foodies”– local food producers, farmers, growers, makers, bakers, cooks and consumers who would like to pair up with “wordies”– local writers, poets and storytellers, to come together for poetic inspiration.

Interested foodies and wordies are invited to join us by emailing or calling 250-247-0117. You can volunteer with your partner or let us help you find the perfect “pairing.” Deadline to sign up as a poet/farmer/food producer is Thursday, March 19.

Partnerships will be announced at the Open Mic night at the Old Crow Café on March 19 at 7:00 p.m. 

After the pairing, from March 19 until near the end of April, these foodie/wordie partners will collaborate under the National Poetry Month theme of “Poetry and Food.”

You can join us for the grand finale of their creative efforts at the foodie/wordie potluck Sunday, April 26, 5:00 p.m. at the Gabriola Commons. Come to listen, to read, to eat, to build community! (And you will still have time to catch the Lulu Performing Arts show later that night.)

Interested in participating? Contact or call Lisa Webster-Gibson at 250-247-0117. 

On a related note, foodies and wordies, Rachel Rose will be combining food and prose on Friday, April 3 (9:30-11:30 a.m.) during her Isle of the Arts workshop: “Feast Days: Writing about Food and Family” - visit for more info and to register.