Poet Yvette Doucette lives in Charlottetown, PEI, in an orange house, surrounded by elegant elms, bendable birch, happy horse chestnuts, and a beautiful perennial garden in the front yard. She is mother to Uma and Mathurin, and is married to Mark Carr-Rollitt.
The Island is as a character in many of her poems. The themes of nature, motherhood, love, loss, and death dominate her writing, which has been described as “lush, sensuous, and heart-driven.”
She has written and performed monologues at the Guild in Charlottetown as part of the show Solo Works, and on Victoria Row as part of a summer Jazz and Poetry on the street series organized by poet and educator, Richard Lemm. In 2006 and 2007 she was commissioned by CBC to write for, and compete in, the Island portion of the CBC Poetry Face Off. Her poetry has been published in Letting Go: An Anthology of Loss and Survival (Black Moss, 2005), and in Arts East Online (2011 Summer). She is working (slowly) on a book about the Island music scene, and polishing up her first poetry manuscript draft titled, “Y.”
For the past four years she has facilitated after-school creative writing groups for students at Bluefield High and also for some dynamic, young women writers (aged 12-16) at her home. She won the 2011 Island Literary Award for Young Writers Service. She draws inspiration and joy from these volunteer activities and is simply amazed at how fast the break-time snacks disappear.
She is a founding member of WWW.
(–updated January 2013)