...with well-known poet bill bissett, now of Toronto, as the featured reader.  As is our custom, the second half of the evening will feature an open mic at Red Tree Specialty Coffee in Tin Town in Courtenay.

Although originally from Halifax, bill bissett moved to Vancouver in the late 1950s where he wrote, started blewointment press, created art and performed his works, eventually to wide acclaim.  His form and voice are singular and compelling.  He has published more than 60 books of poetry and plans to bring a selection for sale.  bill has also made numerous audio recordings of his work.

Other artistic adventures saw bill write lyrics and sing for the band Luddites and collaborate with Mandan Massacre and The Chemical Brothers.  A poetic tribute to bill and his work has been published, radiant danse uv being, with contributions by over 80 writers. CBC TV featured him in an episode of Heart of a Poet in 2006. Looking at his varied and large volume of work, James Reaney’s description of a younger bill bissett as “a one man civilization,” seems even more apt today.

bill was awarded the George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to BC literature in 2007 and received an honorary doctorate from Thomson Rivers University shortly thereafter.

Upcoming featured poets at [email protected] Tree are  Carla Stein(Nanaimo) on May 1, locals, Medwyn McConachy and Karen Watson on June 5, Pam Galloway (Vancouver) on July 10, Adelia McWilliam (Victoria) on Aug 14, a Cascadia Poetry Festival preview on Sept. 4,  with others tentatively planned but not yet confirmed into next fall.

Arrive around 6:45 to sign up for the open mic.  Red Tree Specialty Coffee is in TinTown at 2546 Rosewall Cr. in Courtenay.  You will be able to enjoy the poetry along with a hot or cold drink and a treat.

Bring a poem (or three), a friend (or two), or just come along on an artist’s date with yourself and meet those folks like you, that like to be stirred by words and the music they make.