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February/March 2023 RCLAS Ezine Wordplay at Work, Issue 97

February/March 2023 RCLAS Ezine Wordplay at Work, Issue 97
ISSN 2291- 4269,  66 pages.
2023 Write on! Contest Open For Submissions
2023 Judges
2023 Haiku Special Feature
haiku |  haiku-like | senryu| tanka | haiga
#bitesizedpoetry | #micropoetry
Thank you to the RCLAS members featured in this edition of Wordplay at work.
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Editor/Design: Janet Kvammen, RCLAS President.

Local New West Author releases memoir “Apartheid”, Launching March 18 @NWPL

Join RCLAS Member Una Bruhns at the launch of her memoir “Apartheid”
Saturday March 18, 2023

1:30pm to 4pm at the New Westminster Public Library, Downstairs Auditorium
RSVP to Una via email to

“Apartheid” (Friesen Press, 2023) can be purchased online and autographed copies will be available at the launch


Una Bruhns is a published poet. An award-winning writer, she received a Haiku Sakura Award at the Cherry Blossom Festival in 2008, the Community Ambassadors Award from the Writers International Network in 2015.The Tanka Award from the North Shore Association in 2016.

On Challenging Journeys We Find Out Who We Are. 

Apartheid is a powerful memoir of Una’s personal and political struggles growing up in the peaceful community of Vrededorp, Johannesburg, South Africa.

By age nine, the political arena in South Africa changed; Una and her family are assessed, segregated and uprooted from their home in Vrededorp by the Apartheid Authorities and moved to Coronationville, a Johannesburg suburb.

Witnessing “The Sharpville Massacre” in March 1960, a sudden shift of lens brought a new focus on her young mind that forever changed how she viewed those in power. After a failed marriage, she is now a single mother and determined to find a better life for herself and her son.

She falls in love with a German immigrant. With her fierce spirit, she begins challenging the Immorality law and they fight for their love under the watchful eye and harassment of the local police.

Her poems bring raw vulnerability and frustration to the forefront of what it feels like to be held back and watch injustice continue.