Poetry Gabriola Open Mic featuring Lasquetian poet Kirsty Elliot

Lisa Webster-Gibson

Poetry Gabriola Society

Monday, April 16 2012

Once again, Poetry Gabriola Society is ‘opening the mic’ to all word artists – poets, storytellers, slam poets, poetry readers – anyone who wishes to perform their own original works! The doors of the Roxy will open at 6:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, with performances from 7 to 8 p.m., followed by a reading by Lasqueti poet, Kirsty Elliot from her new book, True.
As this month is National Poetry Month, performers and artists are encouraged to, but not restricted to, consider the month’s theme of Balance: Cultural, Creative, Community, National, Environmental, Economic, Personal, and Social. What does balance mean to them on a personal, or even political level? How is balance achieved in our communities? How do we create and ensure balance in our ecological system? How can Canadians balance creative and cultural pursuits within the current political and economic environment? How do you achieve balance at work and at play?
Established in Canada in April 1999 by the League of Canadian Poets (www.poets.ca), National Poetry Month brings together schools, publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries and poets across the country to celebrate poetry and its vital place in Canada’s culture.
Featured poet, Kirsty Elliot, was accidently born in England because she’s Scottish. Her mom was a midwife and her dad was a chemical engineer. She lived in Carnoustie until she was three and then moved to the Bahamas until she was seven. Life was all glass bottom boats and swimming all day until her dad was recruited by a nuclear power plant in Ontario. She spent the rest of her childhood in Inverhuron and then she thinks she went to high school in Port Elgin, but she’s kind of blocked it out.
She attended Trent University until a global cycling addiction prevented her from finishing her Native Studies degree. She spent a decade living in the Yukon and Northwest Territories before moving down south to be caretaker of a dreamy, private island. She spent three years living all alone in a house that floated in the ocean and looked like a walnut that fell from outer space. It was here that the poems in her book, True, began to make themselves known. She now lives with her husband and their two children on Lasqueti Island where they cleared some land, dug some ponds, made a garden and built a cute little plastic shack. They just spent their fourth winter all together in the plastic fantastic. www.kirstyelliot.ca.
For more information, or if you might need a ride to the venue (please, two days notice required) contact: altogetherlisa@yahoo.ca or 250-247-0117.