Bacchus Books will host Scott Ryan’s free reading of his poetry collection on July 2.

Local author to deliver poetry reading

Golden native Scott Ryan wrote poems throughout his youth and into his 20s, turning that into a collection titled Swamp Stompin’.

Golden native Scott Ryan destroyed the poetry he wrote in his teens, but kept his work from his 20s and has since turned it into a collection titled Swamp Stompin’.

Ryan says he doesn’t regret destroying his early work, saying that it was a necessary step in his progression into his 20s.

“They were really kind of adolescent and immature in a certain sense so I figured it would probably be best…to get rid of them,” Ryan said. “It was really liberating.”

Earlier this year, Ryan was leafing through his later poems and thought that he could have the makings of a book. That’s when he discovered Create Space, a website that is owned by Amazon and helps individual authors self-publish their writing.

Authors that have inspired Ryan’s stream of consciousness writing style include Jack Kerouac and Walt Whitman.

“The amazing thing with Kerouac’s On the Road is that it was written on a single roll of paper on his typewriter,” Scott said.

Swamp Stompin’ combines Ryan’s poetry with art and, furthering the inspiration he drew from Kerouac, many of the pages are copies of the originals that he wrote out on his typewriter.

The poems from his collection were written while Ryan was living in Harrogate and, not surprisingly given the book’s title, near a swamp.

“The marshes are really kind of a symbol for me, as basically the subconscious where all life and poetry flows from,” Ryan said. “It’s all built into the poems.”

Ryan hasn’t written poetry since the 1990s, and isn’t sure if publishing this collection will get him to write poetry again.

“I’ve been playing some music and I’ve written some lyrics but that’s just kind of in the infantile stages again…whether I will write poetry again, I don’t know,” he said.

On July 2, Ryan will be delivering a free reading of his work at Bacchus Books. His collection is available for purchase from Bacchus and electronically at


Just Posted

Search crews rescue kids, 6 and 7, stranded overnight on Coquitlam mountain

Father and two youngsters fall down a steep, treacherous cliff while hiking Burke Mountain

Your weekly Mountain Minute

Golden’s 60-second news recap

An Everest fundraiser

Man set to climb elevation of Mt. Everest in one day to raise school lunch funds

Interior Health study offers take-home drug testing kits to spot fentanyl

Interior Health to evaluate safety of at home drug testing kits aimed at reducing fentanyl overdoses

Golden Fire Rescue training grounds get a facelift

Residents may have noticed some changes at the fire hall in the… Continue reading

‘Teams that win are tight’: B.C. Lions search for chemistry at training camp

The Lions added more than 50 new faces over the off-season, from coaching staff to key players

Growing wildfire prompts evacuation of High Level, Alta.

Chuckegg Creek fire has been burning for several day, but grew substantially Sunday

Top women’s hockey player Natalie Spooner coming to B.C.

Natalie Spooner special guest at annual Grindstone charity weekend in Kelowna

Take-home drug testing kits latest pilot to help curb B.C.’s overdose crisis

Researchers look to see if fentanyl testing could be a useful tool for those who use drugs alone

Facebook takes down anti-vaxxer page that used image of late Canadian girl

Facebook said that the social media company has disabled the anti-vaccination page

Search crews rescue kids, 6 and 7, stranded overnight on Coquitlam mountain

Father and two youngsters fall down a steep, treacherous cliff while hiking Burke Mountain

Raptors beat Bucks 118-112 in 2OT thriller

Leonard has 36 points as Toronto cuts Milwaukee’s series lead to 2-1

Rescue crews suspend search for Okanagan kayaker missing for three days

71-year-old Zygmunt Janiewicz was reported missing Friday

B.C. VIEWS: Reality of our plastic recycling routine exposed

Turns out dear old China wasn’t doing such a great job

Most Read