It is with great pleasure that we introduce to you Tofino’s new poet laureate – Christine Lowther!
Christine Lowther is an accomplished writer who has lived in the Tofino area for about 28 years. In her application she shared that “[she] came here specifically to join the logging blockades, … [and] was swiftly introduced to some of this place’s most controversial issues and values.” She “saw right away that Tofino was not only one community. It was and is made up of locals/ old timers, settlers’ descendants, loggers, fish farmers, oyster farmers, environmentalists, entrepreneurs, visitors, surfers, and three or four Indigenous Nations.”
Christine has contributed to numerous local publications such as The Sound and Tofino Time, and anthologies such as Salt in Our Blood and Crowlogue. Most of her written work centers around life on the west coast, with a strong focus on the natural world. Born Out of This was shortlisted for a BC Book Prize, but My Nature “is [her] happiest book”. In her application she says “I wrote it for nature and after having lived here fifteen years. I love being in that rare-for-me state of mind where poems keep coming, several per day.”
Please join us in congratulating Christine on her new appointment.