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Wild words north

While nothing can replace in-person events, going virtual has provided us with unique opportunities such as partnering with Toronto’s Word on the Street and bringing in outstanding moderators via Zoom.

And this year, all events are free and available to anyone in the world.

From song writing to storytelling, from student writers to those who have been creating for decades, Wild Words North hopes to encourage our region’s writers to share and to learn and in so doing broaden PLRAC’s mandate to provide opportunities for arts and culture and heritage for the people in northeast BC.

We hope you enjoy the discussions, presentations, readings and performances.

The PLRAC thanks its many sponsors, volunteers, and all the writers who have made the 2020 Wild Words North possible.

Schedule of events

Author Bios

Ekphrastic Writing Contest REsults

Congratulations to the writers who were recognized at this year’s Ekphrastic Writing Exhibit and to the artists whose work inspired these writers

Enormous thanks to the fabulous Jeanette Lynes for blind-judging the submissions.

From the adjudicator Jeanette Lynes: “Thank you all for your poems! What a rich and varied group, and lively engagements with the works of art, which provided powerful sources of imagery and vocality. Congratulations to all the entrants, and the artists whose work proved so inspirational.”

Distinguished Award ($200): Marilyn Belak – “Himalayan Blackberry, Rubus armeniacus or Eugenics, Colonialism & Abugidas” (inspired by Haley Bassett’s “Stop”)

Second Prize ($100): Shannon Craig – “Adrift in a Drift” (inspired by Barbara Swail’s “Solastalgia”)

Honourable Mentions (in alphabetical order)

Tanya Clary – “Phoenix” (Inspired by Melissa Klassen’s “Phoenix”)

Pamela den Ouden – “Superheroes Still” (inspired by Sherry Reynard’s “Watching Waves”)

Melanie Mason – “Last of Sadness Thesaurus” (inspired by Karl Mattson’s “Lost”)

Seanah Roper – “Love” (inspired by “Love” by Tracy Krauss)

Tamara Sunchild – “Creation” (inspired by Melissa Klassen’s “Creation)

Barbara Swail – “Stop” (inspired by Haley Bassett’s “Stop”)

Katelyn Vandersteen – “Amphibian Fog” (inspired by Melissa Klassen’s “Amphibian Fog”)