April 12, 2022

Home, Heritage & Migration: a poetry workshop with Vancouver Poet Laureate, Fiona Tinwei Lam, May 1

May 1, 2022 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Join us and Vancouver Poet Laureate Fiona Tinwei Lam, on Sunday, May 1 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm as we launch our Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2022 Program.

Admission to the Garden is included in the ticket price.

Even before Confederation, people of Asian descent have lived and worked in Canada. Others arrived in the late 1800s and early 1900s, others in the decades after 1960, or more recently. How do we start to write evocative poems that can articulate our experience as Canadians of Asian descent, whether we or our ancestors were born here or elsewhere? After a brief discussion of some of the key components of effective poems and a discussion of a few examples of poems about identity and place, Fiona will lead participants through a writing exercise and writing prompts to help you draft poems of your own. Please bring a relevant photo or portable object to the session.

Bio: Vancouver’s 6th Poet Laureate, Fiona Tinwei Lam has published three collections of poetry and a children’s book. Her poems have been featured in Best Canadian Poetry, in the League of Canadian Poets’ Poem in Your Pocket program, and thrice with BC’s Poetry in Transit, as well as in award-winning poetry videos made in collaboration with filmmakers that have screened worldwide. She edited The Bright Well: Contemporary Canadian Poems about Facing Cancer, and co-edited two nonfiction anthologies, Double Lives: Writing & Motherhood and Love Me True: Writers on the Ins, Outs, Ups & Downs of Marriage. Shortlisted for the City of Vancouver Book Prize and other awards, her work has been included in over 40 anthologies. Please visit www.fionalam.net for more information.

$15 – $20 Reduced rate for Garden Members (Volunteers, Annual Pass Holders)