Nanaimo Welcomes New Poet Laureates

By News Editor Aislinn Cottell The three-year term of Naomi Beth Wakan, Nanaimo’s first ever Inaugural Poet Laureate, has come to an end. Instated in 2013, in her time as Laureate, Wakan was a prolific writer, and established several successful creative projects in the city, including starting a high-school poetry competition, and establishing Nanaimo’s Poetry … Continued

UGLY: Speaking up for Those Who Won’t

By contributor Shanon Fenske Meet Kyrsten Carlson: Musician, writer, autism paraprofessional,  chef, dancer, and emcee; big hearted, quick-witted, wide smiling, and funny as hell—a confident, fun-loving spirit, pierced and tattooed, with a gorgeous smile and warm sparkling eyes. Nine years ago, 15-year-old Kyrsten is at an all-ages music venue with trusted friends. Her closest girlfriend lures her into the washroom and … Continued

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