Christine Leviczky Riek

poet and photographer living on the south bank of the Nicomekl


Christine Leviczky Riek is a poet and photographer from Surrey BC.

I continue to develop my manuscript of docu-poetry about the lives of my ancestors in the Carpathian Mountains of Central Europe. The first volume, Things to do in the April Snow,  is many years in the making but closer to finding its voice. In January 2023, I will take it through the esteemed writing program, Vancouver Manuscript Intensive.  November 2022 saw a few of these poems short-listed for The Capilano Review Writing Contest, judged by poet David Bradford. A quiet pandemic life brought creativity in new forms – the 2021 publication of a photograph and an accompanying lyric prose poem in #ICPConcerned: Global Images for Global Crisis, published by the International Center of Photography in New York City. In 2019, a poem from my developing manuscript was a semi-finalist for the Capilano Review’s Biofiction Prize, another was the 2018 1st runner-up for Pulp Literature’s Magpie Award for Poetry. In 2017, my docu-poetry on the life of my grandfather Emil in a WW1 Siberian prisoner of war camp made me the winner of the Robin Blaser Poetry Prize awarded by The Capilano Review. I have published two chapbooks: Inventory For A Voyage [da Capo sin’ al Fine], as part of the Reading The Migration Library, and hard hack flat: songs of the nicomekl, vol. 1, published by my artist press, Water Moth Press. I was a participant in ArtSongLab 2019, where my poem Bees was beautifully set as an art song by composer Michael Trew, and performed at Pyatt Hall in Vancouver. A 2017 graduate of SFU’s The Writers’ Studio and a 2016 graduate of the Southbank Writers’ Program, my poetry has been published in The Capilano Review, Pulp Literature, and Emerge17.

One of my concrete docu-poetry works, PFAB: Surrey Stories, hangs in the lobby of the Surrey Central Library. In 2020, one of my pandemic photographs appeared on the walls of the International Centre of Photography in New York, in their exhibit #ICPConcerned: Global Images for Global Crisis. My photography has been shown throughout the Vancouver area: Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey Public Library, Turnbull Gallery, AlexFest, Maple Ridge ACT Gallery, The Fort Gallery, Pendulum Gallery, White Rock Community Gallery, the White Rock Pop-Up Gallery, and the SnackArt Collective in the Eastside Culture Crawl. I have contributed 300 photographs to the Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s Heritage Site Finder, a visual inventory of the city’s built heritage.

You can reach me at

PFAB / Surrey Stories