Inspired Word Café

by laurie – okanagan life magazine Softly gently courageously I Love self An invitation to be mighty is the path A warrior’s walk is my walk… Rawle James ends his poem with a loving smile. The audience breaks into applause. I’m at the Landmark Bean Scene Coffeehouse in Kelowna. It’s packed with people jacked up on cups of joe and thirsty for the inspiring words being shared tonight. It’s all part of a monthly gathering called the... Read More

A Shane Koyczan & the Short Story Long Performance

If you haven’t seen Shane Koyczan and the Short Story Long in person, here’s the next best thing. Click the title if the video isn’t working here.  Read More

Word Ruckus 2012: A Festival of Words & Community

Word Ruckus 2012: A Festival of Words & Community   On Saturday, March 3, 2011, from 4:00 p.m. to late-ish, at the Laurel Packinghouse, Okanagan College, with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, will present Word Ruckus 2012: a Festival of Words & Community. What is Word Ruckus? According to the organizers Beks Croker, Jake Kennedy and kevin mcpherson eckhoff, “Word Ruckus is an all-ages literary shin-dig, a pay what you can... Read More

Writings from the Wall. Penticton Art Gallery – First Fridays

While local and world events indicate that our government, in conjunction with corporations,  are moving further away from the minds of the people, individuals and communities and are persistently moving towards sustainability, diversity, and collaborations that create new systems and organizational structures that push against the fabric of that larger spread. As those threads are unraveled the existing fabric cannot hold the weight of its own construction.... Read More


A couple weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to sit down with Kevin McPherson Eckhoff and Jake Kennedy, two of the valley’s most enigmatic writers. Our conversation – which was frequently interrupted by show-and-tell poetry books, YouTube videos and Sunset Rubdown – took place in Jake’s office at OC, a space with as much personality and fragrance as the men, themselves.  JK: Are you judging my shoes? Yes, sorry. They’re really distracting KME:... Read More