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Announcing Arc’s 2022/2023 Poet-in-Residence: Yvonne Blomer!

Yvonne Blomer

Yvonne Blomer’s The Last Show on Earth, her fourth book of poems, came out with Caitlin Press in 2022 and Palimpsest Press released Book of Places: 10th Anniversary Edition this fall. Yvonne’s poetry books also include As if a Raven (Palimpsest Press, 2015), and the anthologies Refugium: Poems for the Pacific and Sweet Water: Poems for the Watersheds (Caitlin Press, 2017 and 2021). Sugar Ride: Cycling from Hanoi to Kuala Lumpur (Palimpsest Press, 2017) is her travel memoir exploring body, time, and travel. Yvonne is the past Poet Laureate of Victoria, BC, and the past Artistic Director of the weekly reading series Planet Earth Poetry. She lives on the traditional territories of the Lək̓ʷəŋən (Lekwungen) people in Victoria, BC, specifically on the lands of the W̱SÁNEĆ Peoples. Yvonne mentors and teaches in poetry and prose and has students zooming in from across North America.

Arc’s Poet-in-Residence program offers the country-wide community of writers a chance to work with an influential Canadian poet. Participants in the program will have an opportunity to work one-on-one with Poet-in-Residence Yvonne Blomer to hone and shape their poems over a one-month period. Between 30 and 60 poets participate each year. Ideal candidates to participate in the program are poets who have not yet published a poetry collection or chapbook, although the program is open to all interested poets. Many poets, including stephanie roberts, Christine McNair, Ben Ladouceur, and Phoebe Wang, have successfully used the program to help further their literary careers.

Yvonne Blomer’s tenure as Poet-in-Residence will run from November 2022 to July 2023. Yvonne is looking forward to working with poets from across Canada on any style or subject of poem. She believes poetry is an act of communication that begins as a private conversation with the self and then opens to a larger audience. She is honoured to be a part of these small but important conversations with poets.


All those who submit their poems to Arc will be considered for participation in the program. However, all poets are welcome to participate, and parties interested in being a part of the program should send email queries to: