Catherine Lewis, Interim President

catherine_lewis@vancouverpoetryhouse.com

Born in Hong Kong and raised in Canada, Catherine Lewis (she/her) is a Chinese Canadian writer based on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples, colonially known as Vancouver. Her debut poetry chapbook Zipless (845 Press) is a finalist for two Bisexual Book Awards, and her work has been published in PRISM international, The Fiddlehead, The Humber Literary Review, Pulp Literature, and Plenitude Magazine. She has performed at the Verses Festival of Words, the Poets Corner Reading Series, and Word Vancouver.

A graduate of SFU’s Writer’s Studio Certificate program, she is a two-time Banff Centre Literary Arts alumna. Catherine holds a UBC Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Information Technology, and has worked as a software developer for over two decades.

She looks forward to serving her Vancouver Poetry House community.

Amanda Eagleson, Secretary/Acting VP

amanda_eagleson@vancouverpoetryhouse.com

She/Her Pronouns

Amanda Eagleson grew up in Dubuque, Iowa (with brief stints in San Diego, California and Arnhem, Netherlands). she currently lives, works, and writes on the unceded territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Musqueam people (Vancouver, B.C.).

Her favourite things in nature are the smell of the earth right before a thunderstorm, lightning bugs (or fireflies if you must), hedgehogs, and octopuses.

It was the inspiration and support of individual poets, organisers, and volunteers within Vancouver’s slam community that kept her writing, reading, publishing, and sometimes breathing.

She hopes to contribute to the community that gave her this gift.

Parv Sachdeva, Treasurer

parv_sachdeva@vancouverpoetryhouse.com

Parv Sachdeva, (Quinn – He/Him) is a Vancouver based artist in the written, film media and music space who has been involved in the city’s artistic scenes at various capacities. He holds an undergrad in Electronics engineering and a Masters in Management from UBC Sauder School of Business and works in the financial world in his 9-5, and everything outside that is for artistic breathing and inspiration. He boasts an extraordinarily simple life that he leads, and takes absolute delight in walking and meeting people.

Lucy Yang, Director

lucy_yang@vancouverpoetryhouse.com

 

Lucy Yang (she/her) is a teacher, administrator and writer on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples in British Columbia. She loves to explore language and literature with her students, and writes to examine feminist diasporic identities and intercultural pedagogy. She has taught in school districts in Metro Vancouver as well as in Australia, China and Taiwan. Her writing has appeared in publications such as The New York TimesBCTF Teacher MagazineWorth More Growing (Caitlin Press 2022) and elsewhere; she is a finalist for the 2021 Foster Poetry Prize and a new board member at Vancouver Poetry House. She holds degrees in English literature and literacy education at The University of British Columbia.