Nelson poet Jane Byers will be at Bacchus Books on May 9 for a free reading.

Nelson poet explores resilience

As with many artists, what starts as a hobby morphs into a passion that can’t be stopped.

As with many artists, what starts as a hobby morphs into a passion that can’t be stopped.

“It started as a hobby, and quickly turned into something I had to do every day,” said poet Jane Byers. She will be in Golden on Saturday May 9 to do a reading at Bacchus Books from 7 to 8 p.m.

Byers will be reading from her new collection Acquired Community, which explored themes of resilience.

“I’ve always been interested in how some of us face adversity and bounce back, and some of us don’t,” she said.

Byers herself had a challenging birth, and her exploration of this theme begins there.

“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. You can’t compare people’s pain, but I always wonder why some of us bounce back after adverse things come our way, and others don’t. Why am I all right? Why am I functional? I think that strength comes not so much from hardening, but from being more flexible, pliable, able to adapt.”

Byers works with disability management, and through her job has witnessed many people go through that journey…some who have lost the use of their legs and manage to make the best of it, while others who may have lost a finger are completely devastated and debilitated by it.

Based out of Nelson, Byers is grateful to be touring with the help of a grant from the Columbia Basin Trust. It allows her to reach audiences she wouldn’t normally, and share her art in its truest form, spoken out loud.

“Poetry is first and foremost an oral art,” she said. “I’m very much into the interactive part of it.”