To kick off National Poetry Month, I took a trip over to Gabriola Island to visit Naomi Beth Wakan, Nanaimo’s first poet laureate. Naomi’s husband Eli picked me up at the ferry and as we chatted in the front seat of his van, we looked out the window to see two eagles at the top of a very tall […]
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