Reading at Poetry Gabriola

John Wall Barger on the ferry from Nanaimo to Gabriola Island
John Wall Barger outside The Hive Emporium, before the Poetry Gabriola reading (thanks to PC Vandall for the pic)

On June 28th I read on Gabriola Island, one of the Gulf Islands, near Nanaimo, BC. PC Vandall invited me two years ago after reading my poem, “The Problem with Love.” She kept in touch with me while I planned my Mean Game tour, and we made it happen! Over 3000 miles from Philadelphia, almost 40 days from when I left, I arrived on the remote island. Thanks so much, PC, for your perseverance. Thanks also to Poetry Gabriola, and Andreas Kahre in particular, for having me.

The reading was very warmhearted and fun. Lots of laughter, chatting, and wine. And I enjoyed all the wildlife — hummingbirds, deer, peacocks — nearby. I wish I could have stayed for more than just a day!

The poet PC Vandall, who also read that evening
John Wall Barger reading from The Mean Game (thanks to PC Vandall for the pic)
John Wall Barger (thanks to PC Vandall for the pic)