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The People's Poet
Fiona Tinwei Lam
Episode: P032
Broadcast dates: April 18 to May 01, 2022
Length: 23'' mins
Host: Ingrid Rose
Fiona Tinwei Lam is a well loved Vancouver poet who became the City of Vancouver's sixth Poet Laureate in 2022. In conversation with Ingrid Rose, Fiona discusses her legacy project, City Poems Contest, in which youth, emerging, and established poets are invited to create poems. These poems would foster greater understanding about significant historical, cultural and ecological sites on the unceded traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tseil-Waututh peoples now known as the City of Vancouver.

The winners will be announced in June, 2022. In 2023, these winning poems will be offered as source material for City Poems Contest Phase Two, in which film makers will compete to turn winning poems into video-poems.

Fiona Tinwei Lam is the author of Intimate Distances (finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Prize), Enter the Chrysanthemum and Odes & Laments. She also authored the illustrated children's book, The Rainbow Rocket.

Visit Fiona's website, https://fionalam.net/, to learn more about City Poems Contest (and how to order her books!)

A position such as Poet Laureate can overshadow the work of the poet so honoured. In this Writers Radio episode Fiona reads poems about the evolving life of a young family.

Intimate and sometimes raw poems about family—challenges of motherhood are described from the vantage points of a daughter and of a mother.

Listen and enjoy!