Former Poet Laureate: Alan Hill, Poetry Postcard Anthology Legacy Project
New Westminster Poet Laureate, Alan Hill (2017-2020) in partnership with the City’s Arts Services Department published A Poetry of Place: Journeys Across New Westminster which highlights the work of 35 local poets all working with the poetic form of the “poetry postcard.” The intention of this collection was to highlight and explore physical location and its emotional and cultural significance specific to New Westminster residents.
Starting in June of 2019, Hill workshopped the project with a variety of community partners including: Family Services of Greater Vancouver, Royal City Literary Arts Society, Douglas College, New Westminster Secondary School, Burnaby Central Secondary School and New Westminster Public Library. Afterwards, a call was put out to the New West community for submissions for the book. With the help of a selection committee of local literary professionals, the Poet Laureate curated and edited the submitted works and designer Johanna Bartels began work on the layout and cover. Images include photographs from Bartels and the participating poets as well as selected maps and archival images from the New Westminster Museum and Archives.
To purchase your copy of this vibrant, multicultural and multi-dimensional collection of poetry postcards please contact Cultural Facility Clerk, JoAnn Tosh: firstname.lastname@example.org or (604-527-4640, press 2).
Books are $12 (tax included).