Writer and poet Stephen Collins presented a large group of Charles Hays Secondary students a reading and explanation of how to get into the professional writing field last week as part of the Writer in Residence program.
School Librarian Diane Rabel has invited a number of writers over the past two years and Collins was the latest to visit CHSS. He read two poems “End of the Flight” and “History of Plastic” from his latest book. He told the students that his books such as “On the Material” are often based on historical events or periods such as coal mining in BC. He said one event that effected him as a child was when a dead eagle fell from a tree while he and friends were building a playhouse.
His poem History of Plastic refers to how birds have been killed by eating plastic.