Naomi Beth Wakan


Naomi Beth Wakan has written over thirty books, including Images of Japan, Segues, Late Bloomer: On Writing Later in Life, Compositions: Notes on the written word, Book Ends: A year between the covers and A Roller-coaster Ride: Thoughts on aging. Her book Haiku – one breath poetry was an American Library Association selection. Her essays, haiku and tanka have appeared in many magazines and anthologies and have been broadcasted on the CBC. Naomi lives on Gabriola Island with her husband, sculptor Elias Wakan.
She was named the first poet laureate of Nanaimo, BC, in 2013.

Author photo: Eli Wakan

Books by this author

  • 9781894987646

    A Roller-coaster Ride: Thoughts on aging

    April 2012
    230 pages | ISBN 978-1-894987-64-6

    With inimitable style Naomi Wakan takes on aging and death in this witty and wise collection of essays.

  • Bookendscvrimageweb

    Book Ends: A year between the covers

    May 2010
    252 pages | ISBN 978-1-894987-42-4

    This lively conversation covers almost every genre – fiction, essays, poetry, biography, science and the arts – and Naomi’s tart observations on both books and authors frees readers to consider what they actually enjoy reading, rather than what they

  • Compositions_web

    Compositions: Notes on the written word

    March 2008
    228 pages | ISBN 978-1-894987-25-7

    In this witty and energetic collection, Naomi Beth Wakan explores all aspects of writing - from the movement of inspiration to the art of the back cover endorsement

  • Latebloomer2

    Late Bloomer: On Writing Later in Life

    September 2006
    160 pages | ISBN 978-1-894987-11-0

    In this lively, perceptive, and encouraging book Naomi Beth Wakan shares her experiences as an older writer, from dealing with ageism to working around a sometimes erratic memory, providing valuable insights to other older writers.

  • Segues_web


    January 2005
    88 pages | ISBN 978-1-894987-01-1

    With lively and witty verse, Naomi Beth Wakan investigates the big and little questions in life, considering art, ageing, gardening, the universe and preparing for death.

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