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Penticton poet’s work featured in B.C. tourism campaign

Shane Koyczan is pictured taking a moment to write down his thoughts while on a walk on the west coast of Vancouver Island near Tofino.
Image Credit: Contributed/Tourism B.C.
May 10, 2015 - 10:31 AM

PENTICTON – Shane Koyczan is fast becoming one of Canada’s most well known spoken word artists and his work shines in the latest Super Natural British Columbia campaign from Tourism B.C.

Koyczan modestly says he wrote a little poem about being out in nature and folks made a little video out it.

The powerful poem Walking Through Words is featured on the website Wild Within and talks about lush West Coast rainforest of the Pacific Rim.

Koyczan wrote the work after a hike to Hot Springs Cove near Tofino on Sydney Inlet in Clayoquot Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

“It’s amazing that something so ancient feels still so alive — and wildly alive,” he says on the website. “It looks like everything is fighting for space and yet it’s still so harmonious.”

Koyczan grew up in Penticton, spent over a decade living in Vancouver and New York, before return to live in the South Okanagan.

When he took part in the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver by reading his poem We Are More, it put him on the national stage.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Howard Alexander at or call 250-491-0331. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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