2022 / 2023  

Yvonne Blomer

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.


Yvonne Blomer in a plum jacker and black pants, hands clasped in front of her; she also has a large gold ring and black rimmed glasses, as she smiles widely in front of a lush green background of plants

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. www.yvonneblomer.com [provided for the 2022-2023 Poet-in-Residence]

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