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Poetry Month writing tip: Evelyn Lau

In honour of National Poetry Month, Vancouver's Poet Laureate on the importance of getting your work out there.

"Pay attention to the craft, to the small moments around you. Do not be sloppy. Treat each word carefully in your revisions. Fill yourself up with poetry and words. Send your work out. Some beginning poets are good enough, but they're really shy about sending their work to literary magazines, and that's what they're there for. In the long slog of a book, it helps on so many different levels to get a few poems published here and there. It makes you feel like you're on the right track."

Evelyn Wau is currently holding the position of the city of Vancouver's third poet laureate. She published her first memoir, Runaway: Diary of a Street Kid at the age of 18—the book went on to become a Canadian bestseller. She is the author of five collections of poetry, the most recent of which is Living Under Plastic, which won the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. She is currently working on a sixth collection of poetry. 

Photo credit: John Patterson

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