‘Promoting the arts that inspire the world to take notice of itself’
Bonnie Nish is an accomplished poet, community builder and arts therapist. Her first book of poetry Love and Bones was published in the fall of 2013 by Karma Press. She is now working on an anthology of concussion stories, and on a new book of poems. Bonnie combines her understandings, writing skills and artistic talents not just to create art but also to nurture it. She has initiated a monthly reading series Twisted Poets, a charitable arts society Pandora’s Collective, a weekly writing group Kits Writers that became Word Whips, and the annual Summer Dreams Reading Festival. Indeed, Vancouver’s literary life may not count to much without Bonnie’s contributions.
Her poetry, prose and book reviews have appeared in various publications including The Ottawa Arts Review, The Danforth Review, Haunted Waters Press, Illness Crisis & Loss Journal Volume 24, The Blue Print Review, The Toronto Quarterly, Quills and ‘WordWorks’. Her work can be viewed on-line at blueprintreview.com, hackwriters.com, and greenboathouse.com.
In the past decade, Bonnie has organized numerous workshops, reading groups and lit fests. She has collaborated with public libraries, institutions and individuals to present art and literary workshops for youth in drug and rehab centres, and she has run various programs for children such as Zap Kids, a word whips for children, Books for Zimbabwe, and Writers in the Making.
Bonnie is founder and Executive Director of Pandora’s Collective Outreach Society, and Executive Producer of the Summer Dreams Literary Arts Festival. At this time, she is pursuing a PhD in Expressive Arts Therapy at the European Graduate School. She lives in Vancouver with her children that ‘include her dog Cody who believes he is the most poetic one in the family’.
At the February 26 gathering of Surrey Muse, Bonnie will present a selection of her published and unpublished poems. More on the event is here: february-26-gathering-of-surrey-muse