Thanking Wendy

A Big Thank You to Poet Wendy Morton

Wendy MortonWendy spoke at our April meeting sharing her experience and wisdom as a working poet and about “6 impossible things before breakfast”. Her talk was recorded but has not been processed. Hopefully, some of it will be available on our website at a later date.

Wendy said she never knew where poetry was going to take her but knew there was another adventure down the road. “You have to jump right in – you can’t wait for the world to discover you, you have to let the world know you exist.”

As a self described “poetry evangelist”, Wendy is constantly writing poetry. She often writes poems for people she meets and also creates poems from photographs. Her belief that “a poem is the shortest distance between two hearts” has led her in many directions and resulted in many friendships. Reading her poetry you can see and feel these connections to people, to the landscape and to history.

As well as writing poetry, Wendy teaches and mentors. The “Elder Project” is one special project and very dear to her. Since 2010 she has been working in various schools with mostly First Nations students. She teaches the students how to write poetry and mentors their listening and interviewing skills. She then has them use their skills to interview their Elders and create a poem from the experience. Some of the work has been gathered together in small books. Read more about the Elder Project.

You can read some of Wendy’s poetry in our upcoming anthology, due out in May, where she has joined us as a guest writer.

More about Wendy:

You can read about Wendy and read a few of her poems here.

A Times Colonist article about her Elder Project

Guest Speaker on April 6th

Poet Wendy Morton will speak on “six impossible things before breakfast” at the next meeting of the Sooke Writers’ Collective on Wednesday, April 6th.

The meeting will be held in the Sooke Public Library beginning at 6:30 with Wendy speaking at 6:45.

About Wendy Morton

Wendy Morton has six books of poetry, and a memoir, Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast, in which her adventures as a corporate sponsored poet are revealed. She has been WestJet’s Poet of the Skies, Chrysler’s Poet of the Road.

She is the founder of Canada’s Random Acts of Poetry. She is the recipient of the 2010 Spirit Bear Award, The Golden Beret Award and was made an Honorary Citizen of Victoria in 2011 for her contributions to the arts. In 2012 she was awarded The Colleen Thibaudeau Outstanding Contribution to Canadian Poetry from the League of Canadian Poets.

She has, for the past 6 years, been working with school districts in British Columbia on The Elder Project. She has been working mainly with First Nations students. She trains them as poets, then she supervises their interviews with their Elders. These interviews are then turned into poems. The poems and the photographs taken of the students and the Elders are then published in a book to be used in the school districts. She has completed 13 Elder Projects. She has also worked with Inuit youth in Northern Labrador.

She believes that a poem is the shortest distance between two hearts. She lives west of Sooke, B.C. and is a raven watcher.