June 29, 2015
Citing "the dedicated and spirited way she has made live poetry a rich and everyday component of civic life in her community," the Federation of British Columbia Writers (FBCW) has named Naomi Beth Wakan as an Honourary Ambassador. Wakan is the author of more than 30 books, including several published by Wolsak & Wynn (most recently A Roller-coaster Ride: Thoughts on Aging).
A resident of nearby Gabriola Island, Naomi is the first and current poet laureate of Nanaimo, BC -- a post she's held since 2013. According to the FBCW's press release, Naomi received the honour because "she brings poetry to all kinds of venues, from festival openings to city council meetings to local literary cafes."
Says FBCW President Coco Aders-Weremczuk, who presented the award:
"Naomi’s work exemplifies our federation’s central value, which is ‘writers helping writers’. By bringing poetry out into the open and making it a live art that is accessible, she has raised people’s awareness of the invisible writer behind a piece of writing.”
The Honourary Ambassador Award is a new award, created by the FBCW because the board felt that raising the profile of writers and writing is important work that benefits everyone. Naomi Beth Wakan was chosen as the first recipient.
Wolsak & Wynn congratulates Naomi on this award and for all of her important work as Poet Laureate of Nanaimo and as a supporter of writers and writing in general.
FBCW President Coco Aders-Weremczuk (left) presents the Honourary Ambassador Award to Naomi Beth Wakan.
Photo courtesy of FBCW (media contant Ann Graham Walker).
See more from Naomi: She tackles the first ever The 5 Ws feature for our blog.