Thursday, July 02, 2015

Nanaimo's Poet Laureate Honored

Ms. Naomi Beth Wakan

Receives FBCW Honorary Ambassador Award

Nanaimo's Inaugural Poet Laureate, Ms. Naomi Beth Wakan, has received a special award from the Federation of British Columbia Writers (FBCW).

Naomi received the Honorary Ambassador Award in recognition of the dedicated and spirited way she has made live poetry a rich and everyday component of civic life in Nanaimo. She brings poetry to all kinds of venues, from art gallery shows, festival openings to city Council meetings and local literary cafes.

The Honorary Ambassador Award is a new award, created by the FBCW to raise the the profile of writers and the importance of writing that benefits everyone.

As Nanaimo's inaugural Poet Laureate, Naomi has worked to encourage writers of all ages. Last year, she judged a national youth poetry competition. This year, she is going to run a similar competition with a Nanaimo theme for Grades 10-12. She is also contributing to an anthology of Nanaimo poetry and planning a memoir workshop for seniors.


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