Beginners’ Mind: Poetry Workshop for Beginners and Nervous Writers

BP Beginners MindMarch 7, 2020 from 10 am to 3 pm—Barbara Pelman is offering a one day plunge into the exhilarating waters of poetry for those who have previously only tiptoed around the shores. Beginners’ Mind is a poetry workshop for beginners and nervous writers in which you will explore activities that are fun (really!) and become familiar with some of the basic skills of writing: using metaphor, rhythm, line breaks, and rhyme. Continue reading Beginners’ Mind: Poetry Workshop for Beginners and Nervous Writers

Shared Motion: Science and Spirituality

Shared Motion

Sunday, June 24 2 pm at Congregation Emanu-El —  Dvora Levin will launch her new book of poetry titled, Shared Motion: Science and Spirituality on Sunday, June 24 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm at Congregation Emanu-El. Dvora and friends will read selections from her new book. Light refreshments will be served. Books will be available for purchase.

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Narrow Bridge Book Launch at Munro’s

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Barbara Pelman will be launching her book, “Narrow Bridge”, a collection of poetry at Munro’s Bookstore, 1108 Government Street, Victoria at 7:30 pm.  Doors open at 7:00 pm.  This is a free event.

If you can’t make it to Munro’s, you have another chance on November 3 at Planet Earth Poetry, Hillside Coffee and Tea, 1633 Hillside Ave (across from Bolen Books) at 7:30 pm. And if you want to avoid the Malahat, you upper Islanders, I am reading with Heidi Greco in Nanaimo on November 4.

A Stone in My Shoe: In Search of a Neighbourhood


  • Lunchtime Reading: George Ellenbogen
  • November 25, 12:30 PM
  • University of Victoria, David Strong Building C108

Noted poet and author George Ellenbogen will read selections from his poetry and his 2013 memoir, A Stone in My Shoe: In Search of a Neighbourhood (Véhicule Press), about growing up Jewish in Montreal.A Stone in My Shoe is the author’s discovery of how Montreal’s immigrant neighbourhood—a tightknit community with extended families that had its own shops, institutions, and daily Yiddish newspapers—sustained him and his family, and sustained thousands.


George Ellenbogen is now among the best and most original Canadian poets alive. As The Rhino Gate proves, all the while his wide‐eyed view takes in world and time, he stays grounded in his native Montreal.  —XJ Kennedy

Financial assistance provided by The Canada Council through The Writers’ Union of Canada. Hosted by the Department of English, University of Victoria.