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2020 Poetry in Motion: Featured Poets

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) is thrilled to announce the names of the ten poets who will have their writing featured as part of this year’s Poetry in Motion. This year, we received over 120 submissions from emerging and established writers across the province. The theme for this year’s Poetry in Motion is journeys.

The ten poets selected for this year’s project are

  • Lorri Neilsen Glenn
  • Sue Goyette
  • Asha Jeffers
  • Nanci Lee
  • Vanessa Lent
  • Tiffany Morris
  • Nolan Natasha
  • Anna Quon
  • Samantha Sternberg
  • Evelyn C. White

The final selection of poems was made by a jury consisting of two Nova Scotian poets, Jaime Forsythe and Sylvia D. Hamilton, and Karen Dahl from Halifax Public Libraries.

The WFNS thanks the jury for contributing their time and expertise to this selection. We would also like to thank all the writers who took the time to submit their work to this year’s project.

A public poetry art project, Poetry in Motion displays short poems (and excerpts from longer poems) on transit ads in buses throughout the Halifax Regional Municipality.

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia is grateful to Arts Nova Scotia for their funding of Poetry in Motion and to the Halifax Regional Muncipality and Halifax Public Libraries for their partnership in realizing this project.

WFNS Statement of Solidarity and Support

The board and staff of the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia stand in solidarity with all people seeking justice in the face of anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism, police brutality, and white supremacy. 

As an organization, we are listening to Black, Indigenous, and other marginalized communities who continue to remind us the crucial and difficult work of both confronting and overcoming racism and injustice is ongoing and requires active engagement.

We grieve every life taken by white supremacy, racism, and police and community violence. We acknowledge that systemic and institutional racism continues to be responsible for the subjugation of Indigenous people, including those in Mi’kma’ki, the traditional and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq. Systemic and institutional racism has also been responsible for the oppression and destruction of Black communities such as Africville. We acknowledge the writers in these communities whose artistic works and contributions to anti-oppressive practices continue to lay the ground for work to come. 

We understand that literature has long been privileged as the art form of ideology. It is partly through the pen and the press that racist and oppressive ideologies have been systematized, aggressively promoted, normalized, and subtly reinforced. We support literature as a tool for challenging and decentering such ideologies and for organizing communities around better ideals and actions. 

We support those who speak out and engage in action to bring an end to systemic racism and white supremacy. The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia has an active role to play in this critical process of creating a more equitable future. To this end, we have outlined some strategies for our organization to undertake now and in the near future. 

Right now, we will 

  • build and strengthen current relationships with Black and Indigenous writers and organizations (such as the Delmore Buddy Daye Learning Institute, and more)
  • amplify the voices of BIPOC authors on our website, through our social media, and in our newsletters
  • continue to recruit writers from diverse communities to join our board of directors, to contribute to our award and program adjudication, and to lead our creative writing workshops and professional development sessions

Moving forward, we will

  • coordinate anti-oppression training opportunities for our staff and board members
  • review and update our policies and protocols to ensure they embody anti-oppressive and anti-racist practices within our organization
  • revise and finalize an inclusion statement for all WFNS programming
  • treat this statement as a working document to be developed and adapted for permanent inclusion on our website (alongside our publicly available mandate, mission statement, and core values) so that we might be held accountable in our commitment to learning more, doing more, and remaining transparent about our actions

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia is committed to being a catalyst for positive change in Nova Scotia’s arts community and the province as a whole, all the while acknowledging we have much to do in that regard. We will listen and we will learn. We will continue to work to amplify and celebrate marginalized voices.

The Writers’ Fed’s new face

I’m Kate Macintosh of Mblem Graphic Design, and I’ve taken over your WFNS blog in order to introduce you to the new face of the Writers’ Fed.

After several iterations and lots of feedback from board members and staff, the WFNS and I have come up with this clean and contemporary negative space logo in three versions:

What’s a negative space logo?

As you can see above, the actual letters are missing from the new WFNS logo. But you can still see them, right? The use of negative space allows the background to create a second image—making something out of the blank page, just like writers do every day. The coloured positive spaces also provide a secondary pleasure of abstract, floating shapes.

This multilayered logo marries the activity of writing with the visual nature of type to create a unique and ingenious mark that celebrates creativity, interpretation, and the search for meaning. It’s a logo with “subtext.” It’s the visual equivalent of critical thinking.

We’re singing the blues…

The blue palette of this new logo is a deliberate nod to the province your Writers’ Federation serves. Nova Scotia is embraced by the ocean, so we’ve started with the province’s official blue and added darker teals and lighter blues to reflect the changing tones of the sea. To us, these variations represent the diversity of Nova Scotia’s many communities and the rich variety of its ecosystems.

Stay tuned!

We’ve got the bug now! Moving onward and upward from this new logo, we will be updating WFNS signage, redesigning Subtext, and launching a brand new WFNS website this spring.

—Kate Macintosh, mblem.ca

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