I am the first to admit that I’m not a huge poetry fan.
However, I could not put down Coping With Emotions and Otters, the new collection from Vancouver writer Dina Del Bucchia. It’s hilarious, witty and full of pop culture references. (Check out the Vancouver Weekly review here). Dina’s voice feels fresh, with an interesting mix of sarcasm and pathos. And lucky for us, she is a fabulous presenter.
Dina will read from her collection here at NVCL on Nov. 27th. She’ll be joined by North Vancouver poets Joan Boxall, Barry Jakel, and Maria Tomsich (see bios below).
Doors open at 6:30 in the Singh Room for wine and cheese, and the reading starts at 7pm. The event is free, but please register here.
Dina Del Bucchia was born in the Trail regional hospital and grew up in the small village of Fruitvale, British Columbia. Most of her working life has been spent in bookstores, both independent and big box. She writes for Canada Arts Connect magazine, has blogged for the Vancouver Writers’ Fest, and her writing has appeared in literary publications across Canada, and as art in Old Friends’ exhibition Funny Business (Gallery Atsui, Vancouver, 2010). She also performed a one-woman show at the 2005 Vancouver International Fringe Festival.
She’s taught creative writing to children and teens at the Vancouver Public Library and as part of the Vancouver Biennale’s Big Ideas program and holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia.
Her story, “Under the ‘I'” was a finalist for the 2012 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. Coping with Emotions and Otters is her first book. She lives in Vancouver. For more info, visit her website: http://dinadelbucchia.com
Joan Boxall: A Physical Education-English- French major from the University of British Columbia, Joan taught from Cranbrook to the North Shore. She has a TESL certificate from Vancouver City College (VCC) where she self-published ‘Joan’s Jam’, a compilation of songs and poems for newcomers.
Her travel writing will feature in Senior Living magazine and she has published in Coast & Kayak, in NSWA anthologies, and is this year’s NSWA poetry prizewinner for Sand Castles, which is viewable on YouTube. A long-time member of Pandora’s Vox Vocal Ensemble, Joan’s musicality enhances her poetic prose. For more info, visit her website: www.joanboxall.com
Barry Jakel spent 23 seasons in marketing with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra following a 17-year career in broadcasting as a writer and announcer. He is presently working on The Card, his first novel. Excuse me! Your sun is in my shadow is his first book of prose and imagery.
branch of the Connaught Laboratories at UBC. She also has a PhD in Spanish literature at Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island), which led to a 25-year teaching career at UBC. Maria also works on artisanal projects with clay, silver, copper and stone. She also expresses herself through poetry in Spanish and English.