Naomi Beth Wakan on her 90th birthday

Shaw TV Nanaimo
Meet Naomi Beth Wakan, the city of Nanaimo’s very first Poet Laureate

Cascadia Poetry Festival Reading
Naomi Beth Wakan

Shaw TV Nanaimo
Poetry Jam with Nanaimo’s Poet Laureate Naomi Beth Wakan

Shaw Spotlight
Nanaimo Bound, a visual telling of a poem written by Naomi Beth Wakan

90th Birthday – Endpapers

90th Birthday 
Reading – 8 minutes

City of Nanaimo
Poet Laureate Presentation for Council – April 18, 2016

City of Nanaimo
Two Poems by Naomi Wakan read at the City Council meeting November 18, 2013.



Bookmobile; radio essays on books and writing, by Naomi Beth Wakan, for CKGI radio, 2014

With thanks to Nathan Tinkham, for recording, and Frank Moher, for producing the series.

Each essay starts with some music and there is a music break and station identification part the way through.

Episode 1
The Poetry of Aging

Episode 2
Travel Writing

Episode 3
Don’t Quote me

Gardening and Gardening Books

by Naomi Wakan | Bookmobile

Episode 4
Gardening and Gardening Books

Episode 5
The Trouble with Poets


Naomi Beth Wakan

Naomi Beth Wakan has published over fifty books. She is the Inaugural Poet Laureate of Nanaimo (2014–16) and the Federation of British Columbia Writers’ Inaugural Honorary Ambassador.

Wakan is a member of The League of Canadian Poets, Haiku Canada, and Tanka Canada. She lives on Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada, with her husband, the sculptor Elias Wakan.

the skylight frames
incessant rain and
wood-stove smoke

From The Way of Haiku