The Big Little Poetry Festival on Gabriola is back! Join us on February 24th and 25th for FOUR STRONG VOICES,

The Big Little Poetry Festival on Gabriola is back! Join us on February 24th and 25th for FOUR STRONG VOICES, an extraordinary collection of Canadian poets sharing their work at HIVE Emporium, along with musical performances by members of the PGS improvisers collective that will give 'micro-tonality' a whole new meaning... And it is you, our friends, colleagues, audiences and volunteers, who make it happen!


On Saturday, February 24th at 6:30pm, Poetry Gabriola presents Marilyn Bowering and Yvonne Blomer. Marilyn Bowering, an award winning writer living in Victoria, who has been twice short-listed for the Governor-General’s Prize for Poetry, along with the Dorothy Livesay, Gwendolyn MacEwen, Ethel Wilson and Pat Lowther awards. Her most recent works,  Threshold: an encounter with the seventeenth- century Hebridean bard Màiri nighean Alasdair Ruaidh; What It Takes To Be Human, and the libretto for Marilyn Forever, which will have its European premiere in Vienna in April.

Yvonne Bloomer is Victoria’s  Poet Laureate and came to Canada from Zimbabwe  when she was two years old. Her first collection a broken mirror, fallen leaf was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. In 2014 her third full collection of poems, As if a Raven was released with Palimpsest Press and most recently the travel memoir Sugar Ride: Cycling from Hanoi to Kuala Lumpur.


On Sunday, February 25th, at 6:30pm, we are proud to present Tina Biello, and Kayla Czaga. Tina Biello, the current Poet Laureate for Nanaimo, is a poet, playwright, actor, mask artist and teacher. She has honed her skills as a poet over the years working with many fine poets from B.C., including Patrick Lane, Kate Braid and Betsy Warland. Her work has appeared in literary publications and is included in numerous anthologies.

Kayla Czaga grew up in Kitimat and now lives in Vancouver. In 2016, she received the Emerging Writer Award from the Canadian Authors Association. Her poetry, non-fiction and fiction has been published in numerous literary publications. Her debut book, For Your Safety Please Hold On, was shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award, the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, the Debut-litzer Prize and won the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award.


Bringing the Poetry Festival back is a very exciting way to end a year of creating new initiatives and seeing old friends return: We presented Enisling, our first national commissioning project in 2017, continued our geocaching poetry project known as the QR Anthology, and held the first annual Poetry Summer Camp. For 2018, we began with Soundings on February 11th at HIVE, and we are planning another project for creative youth, Foun10 of Uth. And there is more! Join us at HIVE, ask what poetry can do for you, but also consider what you can do for poetry.