I was honoured to be invited to read some poems for Story Stream, which is billed as the VPL’s Storytime for Adults. The series includes recordings by various readers and storytellers and a diverse range of stories, both old and new.
VPL staffer, Jonna Milledge hosts the series. In this episode, she talks about the origins and history of the Vancouver position, shows us Poets’ Corner in the lovely Rooftop Garden on the top floor of the Central Branch and takes us to the English language poetry section inside the library (call number 821). I talk a bit about the importance of the library to me while I was growing up, then read a few poems from my past poetry collections and talk about some of the other books I have been involved in.
The VPL was and has been a haven for me. It is an essential cultural hub for this city, accessible to everyone, regardless of income or background.