Naomi Beth Wakan

For MuseumNaomi Beth Wakan is the inaugural Poet Laureate of Nanaimo (2013-2016). She has published over 50 books. Her essays are in Late Bloomer-on writing later in life; Composition: notes on the written word; Bookends – a year between the covers; and A Roller-coaster ride – Thoughts on aging (all from Wolsak and Wynn). Her poetry books include Sex after 70 and other poems and And After 80… (both titles from Bevalia Press). Some Sort of Life (2014) is her recent book of memoirs, and Poetry That Heals (2014) is a record of her life as a poet. A Gabriola Notebook (2015) is a homage to her small island. Naomi is a member of The League of Canadian Poets, Haiku Canada and Tanka Canada. She has recently been made the Federation of BC writers inaugural Honorary Ambassador. She lives on Gabriola Island with her husband, the sculptor, Elias Wakan.

Books in print

A Gabriola Year, Bevalia Press, 2008.


A Gabriola Note-book, Pacific-Rim Publishers, 2015. 978-0-921358-40-4

A Roller-coaster Ride – Thoughts on aging, Wolsak and Wynn, 2012. 978-18949876-4-6

And after 80…, Bevalia Press, 2013.


Bookends: a year between the covers, Wolsak and Wynn, 2010. 978-1-894987-42-4

Compositions: notes on the written word, Wolsak & Wynn, 2008. 978-1894987-25-7

Haiku: one breath poetry, Heian International, 1997. 0-89346-846-0

Late Bloomer: on writing later in life, Wolsak and Wynn, 2006. 1-894987-11-X

Naomi in Nanaimo, Pacific-Rim Publishers, 2014. 978-0-921358-39-8

Nostalgia & the Attic, (with Alice Rich), 2010. 978-0-9865253-1-5

On Poetry, (with David Fraser), Ascent Aspiration Publishing, 2011.


pause, (with David Bateman), Bevalia Press, 2013. 978-0-9918867-1-5

Poetry That Heals, Pacific-Rim Publishers, 2014. 978-0-921358-38-1

Reflections: response tanka, with Sonja Arntzen, Pacific-Rim Publishers, 2011.


Segues, Wolsak & Wynn, 2005. 1-894987-01-2

Sex after 70 and other poems, Bevalia Press, 2010.   978-0-9782868-8-0

Some Sort of Life, Pacific-Rim Publishers, 2014. 978-0-921358-34-3

Think Colour, (with Ruth Artmonsky), Artmonsky Arts, 2011. 978-0-9551994-8-6

Tidepools, edited by Michael Dylan Welch, Pacific-Rim Publishers. 2011,


The Way of Haiku, Pacific-Rim Publishers. 2012. 978-0-921358-28-2   


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