Yvonne is the winner of the Exile Editions/ Gwendolyn MacEwen Poetry Competition for 2022 with Death of Persephone her manuscript in progress.
Writer, editor, teacher and poet, Yvonne Blomer is the author of The Last Show on Earth, Caitlin Press, 2022 and the travel memoir Sugar Ride: Cycling from Hanoi to Kuala Lumpur, which explores body, time and place. She holds an MA in Creative Writing Poetry with Distinction from the University of East Anglia. Her other books of poetry include As if a Raven, The Book of Places and A Broken Mirror, Fallen Leaf. She works as an editor, teacher and mentor in poetry and memoir. She served as the city of Victoria poet laureate from 2015–2018. In 2018 Yvonne was the Artist-in-Residence at the Robert Bateman Centre and created Ravine, Mouse, a Bird’s Beak a chapbook of ekphrastic ecological poetry in response to Bateman’s art. In 2017 Yvonne edited the anthology Refugium: Poems for the Pacific (Caitlin Press) with poets responding to their connection to the Pacific from the west coast of North America, and as far away as Japan and New Zealand. Sweet Water: Poems for the Watersheds is the second in a trilogy of water-based poetry anthologies published by Caitlin Press and edited by Yvonne.
Yvonne lives, works and raises her family on the traditional territories of the WSÁNEĆ (Saanich), Lkwungen (Songhees), Wyomilth (Esquimalt) peoples of the Coast Salish Nation. She gives thanks for the beauty of the west coast and the privilege of living and writing from there.