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Culture Days will return September 20 – October 13, 2024.

A Poetic Landscape

Nature & outdoors Poetry & spoken word Tour Writing & literature Library
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Learner's Walk, Library Garden

Vancouver, BC


Free, and accepts optional pay-what-you-may donations for admission.

Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible.


Eco-artist, writer, and arts educator Alyssa Harms-Wiebe has always been interested in the connection between landscape and its ability to mirror its inhabitants. Some of the greatest writers, politicians, and culture shape-shifters have attested to nature's impact on furthering their thinking, and challenging their ideas.

In "A Poetic Landscape," Alyssa welcomes the public to reflect on how the landscape that surrounds Vancouver citizens can have impact on their thinking, too. If our land were given the opportunity to teach us, what would it tell us? If we had the ability to converse with nature, how would we respond to its presence?

Through a reflective park installation, Alyssa invites participants to read landscape-inspired poetry, to practice the art of natural observation, and to respond. Come prepared to write a poem or reflection, and to contribute to a growing poe-tree display, connecting observations from members of the Vancouver community!


Alyssa Harms-Wiebe

Alyssa Harms-Wiebe is a Brazilian-Canadian eco-artist, writer, and arts educator based in Vancouver, BC. As an instructor at the Bolton Academy of Spoken Arts, she

teaches students how to develop personal voice through storytelling, creative

writing, acting and public speaking. Earlier this year, she participated as a

writer-in-residence at the Gullkistan Centre for Creativity in Iceland, where she

explored the connection between landscape, conversation, and poetry. She is now en route to completing a MEd in Education for Sustainability at UBC, in hopes of exploring the development of place-based educational models that connect students to healthy practices of environmental stewardship through creative and artistic play. She is fascinated with words and languages, and loves to pick up new phrases whenever she travels.


Alyssa Harms-Wiebe