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Poems for Peace, April 12, 7 p.m. PST

Peace has never been more needed, especially now with the war in the Ukraine and its effects around the world. Yet our small acts of peace can make a difference, and one of these acts is contemplating peace through reading or listening to poetry, whose transformative power may deepen states of wholeness and inner stillness, opening an outflow of goodwill and positive energies to others.

Please bring a poem to share or join us to hear and respond to poems brought by others.

Tuesday, April 12, 7-8:30 p.m., online Zoom session hosted by Star of the Sea

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Open Mic Poetry Reading – April 7, 7 p.m. PST 

April is National Poetry Month, with readings and events across the country. On Thursday, April 7 at 7 p.m. PST, I’ll be reading new and published poems at the Salt Spring Library’s Open Mic. If you’d like to read a poem before my reading, you can sign up at 6:45 p.m.

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The Poetry of Presence

A poem of presence may initiate what is known in Zen as a satori, a flash of insight or awakening. Such a poem might recount a morning walk through a forest, peering at the stars spinning overhead in the night sky, or the last moments of someone we love. We awaken from our slumber and perceive ourselves and the world around us in new and sometimes profound ways.

Please bring a poem to share or join us to hear and respond to poems brought by others.

Tuesday, February 8, 7-8:30 p.m., online Zoom session hosted by Star of the Sea

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Planet Earth/Raven Chapbooks Poetry Reading on Zoom

Tues, Oct. 26, 7:15 p.m.

I’ll be reading poems from Arc of Light. Also reading at the event, co-hosted by Planet Earth and Raven Chapbooks, are poets Kyeren Regehr (Disassembling a Dancer), David Haggart (A Curious Happiness in Small Things), and Diana Hayes (Gold in the Shadow: Twenty-Two Ghazals and a Cento for Phyllis Webb).


Arc of Light – Zoom Book Launch – November 30, 7 p.m.,  Salt Spring Library

Please join us on Zoom Monday, November 30th at 7 PM for a poetry reading with author Lorraine Gane.

Lorraine Gane, now a resident of Salt Spring Island, was born in Niagara Falls, Ontario, and grew up in Toronto. She graduated from Carleton University’s Honours Journalism Program, then worked as a full-time writer and editor for major Canadian newspapers and magazines. She also taught writing at Ryerson, McMaster, and Georgian, as well as conducting private workshops. Selections from Lorraine’s first poetry book, Even the Slightest Touch Thunders on My Skin, were shortlisted for the Canadian Literary Awards in 1997 and the League of Canadian Poets chapbook contest. She has also written three chapbooks (Earthlight, The Phantom Orchid, and Beauty and Beyond: Songs of Small Mercies) and two more full-length volumes of poems, The Way the Light Enters and The Blue Halo.

ARC OF LIGHT, Lorraine Gane’s chapbook is a beautiful suite of twenty poems, honouring her mother who died in 2014. The poems bear witness to the transition between this life and the next, through all the shared beauty and pain of letting go. The words provide a sacred place to grieve and to celebrate the bond between mother and daughter. Published by Raven Chapbooks.

Join the zoom meeting at:

Meeting ID: 889 4802 3447, or dial by your location +1 647 374 4685 Canada, +1 647 558 0588 Canada, +1 778 907 2071 Canada, +1 204 272 7920 Canada, +1 438 809 7799 Canada, +1 587 328 1099 Canada.



An evening of Music and Poetry

with Debbie Danbrook and Lorraine Gane

Lorraine Gane, a poet from Salt Spring Island, will read her beautiful poetry. Debbie Danbrook will weave her music through the words with her flutes and ethereal vocals.

Participants are invited to sit or lie on the floor on the mats, pillows, and blankets provided. There are some chairs available if you prefer to sit but only a few. Please bring a folding chair if possible if you prefer a chair.

Saturday, October, 5, 2019 – 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Tickets: $20

Doors open at 7:00 p.m.; tea will be served


Esther Myers Yoga Studio

390 Dupont Street – Suite 203

Side Entrance – up the stairs and to the end of the hall

To RSVP and for directions and information please contact: text: 416-833-3564


Wednesday, April 17, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Salt Spring Library: National Poetry Month Reading. Earth Songs: Celebrating nature in all its forms: the forests and oceans, the birds and butterflies—all that delights, sustains, and nourishes us on Planet Earth. Christine Smart is the author of two books of poetry published by Hedgerow Press: The White Crow and Decked and Dancing (winner of the Acorn-Plantos People’s Poet Award); she also writes fiction and non-fiction inspired by nature: sailing, hiking, swimming, and gardening. Diana Hayes is the author of four poetry collections, including This is the Moon’s Work (Mother Tongue Publishing, 2011); a new volume of poems will be published next year by Plumleaf Press. Lorraine Gane is the author of several chapbooks and three poetry collections, among them The Blue Halo (Leaf Press, 2014), and The Way the Light Enters (Black Moss Press, 2014); she is now completing her fourth poetry book. Murray Reiss is a lifelong activist, poet, and Climate Action Performance Poet whose first book, The Survival Rate of Butterflies in the Wild (Radiant Press), won the League of Canadian Poets 2014 Gerald Lampert Award; his second poetry book, Cemetery Compost, was published by Frontenac House in 2016.


FBCW Salt Spring Island get together

On Saturday, April 7, Salt Spring members will meet at the Brinkworthy Club House from 4-7 p.m. New members will give presentations on their books. This will be followed by a potluck dinner (please bring a dish to share).  Please RSVP For directions see below.

FBCW Salt Spring Island get together


On Saturday, July 8 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Lorraine Gane will give a talk on grants available to Canadian writers and how to increase the chances of success. There will be time for questions and answers. This will be followed by a potluck dinner  (please bring a dish to share) to 6:30 p.m.  Free. Please RSVP

From the Vesuvius Ferry: after leaving the ferry, drive on Vesuvius Road to the first intersection (Lower Ganges Road) and turn right; follow the road to Brinkworthy Road on the right (about 1/2 km), then follow the directions below to the clubhouse.

From Fulford Ferry: after leaving the ferry, drive on the Fulford-Ganges Road through Ganges and turn right at Brinkworthy Road (about 2 1/2 km north of town); follow the directions below to the clubhouse.

Location: Brinkworthy Place, 135 Brinkworthy Rd.

Directions to the clubhouse: drive into Brinkworthy on Beech Street and cross Cherry. The clubhouse is on the corner of Beech and Pine. You can’t miss it. Please park in the parking lot, not on the street.



Upcoming Poetry Readings in  Ontario

Tuesday, June 9, 7 p.m.

Orangeville Public Library

1 Mill St., 519/941-0610

Tuesday, June 16, 8 p.m.

The Art Bar (at the Black Swan, 154 Danforth, upstairs); Free

Tuesday, June 30, 7 p.m.

Beauty & Light: An evening of music and poetry

with Debbie Danbrook;  Wonderworks (25 Baldwin St.); $15


Reading at the Salt Spring Library with Brian Brett, Phyllis Webb, and Diana Hayes – April 15 – 2015

Phyllis Webb reading at the Salt Spring Library










Reading: The Blue Halo and The Way the Light Enters

On Thursday, January 15 Lorraine will read from her new poetry collections  The Blue Halo and The Way the Light Enters at the Salt Spring Library, 7 p.m. (129 McPhllips Ave., 250-537-4666)


Salt Spring poet Lorraine Gane is launching two new poetry collections this fall: The Way the Light Enters (Black Moss Press) on Sunday, October 12, with readings along one of the most beautiful coastal walks in the Gulf Islands (2-3 p.m., meet at the barn at Ruckle Park, rain or shine) and The Blue Halo (Leaf Press) on Saturday, October 18 at the Salt Spring Library with Nanaimo poet Mary Ann Moore at 3 p.m.



In this free workshop you’ll be presented with a summary of the major grants available to writers through government funding bodies, as well as ways to write a compelling, clear, and concise application to increase the chances of success. There will be time for questions and answers. A resources list and other material will also be provided.

Date: Saturday, August 23, 2-4 p.m.

Place: Salt Spring Library  (129 McPhllips Ave., 250-537-4666)


The Perfect Day of Poetry

On Saturday, November 30th at 12:30pm, two Salt Spring poets will join together for Love and Beauty: The Perfect Day of Poetry at the Salt Spring Library (129 McPhllips Ave., 250-537-4666).

Joanne Thorwaldson will read from thirteen poems for releasing love and Lorraine Gane will read from Beauty and Beyond: Songs of Small Mercies. Joanne Thorwaldson’s thirteen poems for releasing love was recently shortlisted for the 2013 bpNichol Chapbook Award. She has a previous chapbook of poems written with K. Louise Schmidt (Vincent) entitled The Letter Poems. Lorraine Gane is a poet, writer, teacher, and editor. She is the author of Even the Slightest Touch Thunders on My Skin (Black Moss Press, 2002), Beauty and Beyond: Songs of Small Mercies (Leaf Press, 2012), and The Blue Halo, to be published by Leaf Press next year. Lorraine is currently completing a book on writing, and she also mentors writers through workshops, online courses, coaching, and manuscript editing.


Love after Love

Songs for the beloved: An afternoon of music and poetry
with Master Shakuhachi musician Debbie Danbrook

Sat. Nov. 3
The Red Canoe Studio
57 Devon Rd. , Toronto (one stop light south of Woodbine subway)
2-4 p.m. (doors open at 1:30 p.m.)
$20 at the door (tea & treats included)
Space is limited so please RSVP

Reading at Planet Earth Reading Series in Victoria with Diana Hayes – Friday, March 23

Moka House, #103-1633 Hillside Avenue, Victoria, B.C., Canada, V8T 2C4,  (250) 370-2077, 7:30 P.M., $3 at the door.


Poem for National Poetry Month: