Wakan celebrating first year as Nanaimo’s Poet Laureate

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Tuesday, November 11 2014

Gabriolan Naomi Beth Wakan, Nanaimo’s inaugural poet laureate, is celebrating the completion of her first year (of three) in office, on November 15, 2:00 p.m. at the Art Lab in the downtown Nanaimo Art Gallery (150 Commercial Street). Please RSVP darbykm@gmail.com to see if there are any seats left. 

For those who can’t make it, Naomi will be reading at the Old Crow Restaurant on November 20 at 7:00 p.m. and invites people to join her there. 

Naomi has just published Naomi in Nanaimo, a chapbook containing all the poems she has written and read this year in her position as poet laureate. Copies are available at the Nanaimo Museum and at Page’s Marina and Bookstore on Gabriola. 

Asked how the first year went, Naomi said, “It has been a busy and satisfying first year. I have read to, or done workshops with, over 2,000 people; established a poetry column in the Nanaimo Daily News, and am writing a column about other area poets for the magazine, What’s on Nanaimo.

She also found time to publish two books and another chapbook. “My life has been enriched by the numerous folk in the Nanaimo creative world and I have helped the city add another small piece to their cultural plan. It’s been altogether a win-win situation.”