Welcome to Valley Voices

Welcome to Valley Voices

We hope you enjoy this growing collection of stories and poems by Chemainus Valley and Vancouver Island writers. The Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society Writers’ Forum is committed to nurturing and sharing literature that’s connected to the people and...

Shut the Front Door

  A friend asked us a question one day shortly after we married: “When you put your hand on the front door knob, what do you feel?” He asked it to gauge how home life was.  Coming home from a school board meeting where the politics can be brutal, I consider this...

Playing Scrabble with my father

These are his words – weak  wilt  sorrow  soul My letters could spell – death attaching to his word – atheist the horizon, a black storm front we both sense,                               lifting the hair                                                on the back of...

The Kids of Summer

Summer life started when we finished school in late June. The vacation time seemed like it lasted most of the year. It was the season of making summer friends and stories to tell once school started again in the fall.  The excitement of the summer this year...

Interlude: When Howard’s Gone

  We seem to be approaching the end of the COVID Era, but will be working through the effects of social distancing and isolation for months and possibly years to come. Holly Warren takes a humorous look at the stress social isolation with significant others has...

Childhood & Contrasts

  When he was a child the world was too big. Later, as an adult, the world was too small. Later still, as a senior, he didn’t worry about those things. When he was a child he liked potatoes the way his mother cooked them. Later, as an adult, he liked potatoes...