March 23, 2022

Fiona Tinwei Lam, Vancouver's Poet Laureate's "City Poems Contest"

What historical, cultural or ecological sites in Vancouver intrigue or inspire you? Perhaps it is the ancient Musqueam village and burial site at c̓əsnaʔəm, the Indigenous village of Sen̓áḵw, Deadman’s Island in False Creek, Hastings Park where Japanese Canadians were interned during WW II, a specific building in a historic neighbourhood such as Chinatown. Davie Village or Hogan’s Alley, or Burrard inlet where 376 passengers on the steamship Komagata Maru lay at anchor for 3 months in 1914? Or perhaps one of Vancouver’s gardens, hidden streams or remaining old growth trees? Here’s your chance to write a poem that will provide a greater understanding of the origins and multilayered history of the place we now know as Vancouver!