A Planet Earth Poetry regular known for his lively reading style, story telling and ofttimes humorous performance style, Will Webster has written poetry since he was a child. For nearly five decades he has roamed the length and breadth of Canada reciting his work in dark dank pubs, dimly lit coffee houses, on beaches and amid the streamers and noise of music festivals. Over the years Will has helped to found several poetry readings, and was the co-founder of the Calling All Poets series in St. Catharines Ontario, the Calling All Writers series in Nelson BC, and the Word Congress in Victoria BC. Will is launching a brand new collection of poems, Sleeping in Gardens, inspired by several years of long distance cycling and outdoor living, at Planet Earth Poetry in January 2019. This is his third collection. Other collections include: Writing on Rock, Laguna Press, 2002, USA (only), and The Great Test, 2016.
For three decades, West Coast performance poet Hilary Peach has been writing, performing, producing, recording, and facilitating interdisciplinary collaborations and her own solo works. She was the founder of the Poetry Gabriola Society, inventor of the Poetry Gabriola Festival, and artistic director of the festival for 10 years. Hilary works as a welder for the Boilermakers’ Union and maintains an interdisciplinary art practice on Gabriola Island, BC. Bolt, the debut collection from West Coast performance poet Hilary Peach, ranges over familiar and unknown landscapes. From a series of surreal vignettes derived from twenty years as a welder with the Boilermakers’ Union, to a suite of poems based on the truths and superstitions of snakelore, to alluring, imagistic, songs of loss and longing, Bolt investigates rough terrain and long horizons.
The Planet Earth Poetry reading series is a launching pad for the energies of writers and poets established and not. It is a place where words are most important. A venue in which all manner of poets and writers are welcome; a place for excellence, innovation, collaboration, diverse projects and experiments. The evening begins at 7:30 with an open mic, followed by a featured reader(s). Planet Earth Poetry is located at Hillside Coffee and Tea, 1633 Hillside Ave (across from Bolen Books). Between 7 and 7:15, put your name in the hat to read at open mic. Planet Earth Poetry acknowledges with respect that we read and write on the traditional territories of the WSÁNEĆ (Saanich), Lkwungen (Songhees), Wyomilth (Esquimalt) peoples of the Coast Salish Nation.