Visiting Authors

The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies invites accomplished novelists, essayists, poets, screenwriters, and playwrights present their work through the public FCCS Reading Series at the Okanagan Regional Library and other venues around the Okanagan. The Writer-in-Residence program promotes Canadian writing and literature to Okanagan residents and provides emerging writers with the opportunity to get feedback on their creative work.

2020/21 Reading Series

First Annual Sharon Thesen Lecture

Title: Aspects of Poetics in Contemporary Fiction and Poetry: a practical logic of legacies, a working arc of continuance
Date: Thursday, November 19
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. (PST)
Location: Zoom. Register to receive the link to attend. 

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John Lent will giving the first Annual Sharon Thesen lecture, taking us on a writer’s and teacher’s journey through the power and promise of modernism and the teaching of creative writing.

Sharon Thesen was the first full professor in the Department of Creative Studies and is now professor emerita here at UBC. She is also a renowned Canadian poet and editor. The Creative Writing program at UBC intends for the Sharon Thesen lecture to acknowledge her contributions to British Columbian and Canadian literature and to the Creative Writing Program at UBC Okanagan. In her honor, a different writer each year will give a lecture that tackles key issues of contemporary writing, poetics, and Canadian literature. By recording each lecture, we will create a wonderful resource of contemporary thinking by writers.

John LentJohn Lent is a professional writer, editor and singer/song-writer who lives in Vernon, British Columbia. He has eleven books published: six volumes of poetry, one volume of short stories, two novels and a book of conversations about the writing life with the writer Robert Kroetsch. His latest book of poetry is A Matins Flywheel which came out in 2019 with Thistledown Press. He has also edited thirty-five volumes of poetry, fiction and non-fiction for publication. He taught Creative Writing and Literature courses at Okanagan College for over thirty years.


FCCS has also sponsored the Inspired Word Café to offer public readings, more information can be found on their web site,

Writer in Residence

Kim Senklip HarveyKim Senklip Harvey is the Fall 2020 Writer-in-Residence at UBC Okanagan. From October 13 to 23, she will be working with students, faculty and the community. She will read and offer feedback on manuscripts from local writers; and will offer a free public lecture.

Kim Senklip Harvey is a proud Syilx, Tsilhqot’in, Ktunaxa and Dakelh woman and is a Fire Creator, Indigenous Theorist and Cultural Evolutionist. She completed the BFA program at UBC and is currently doing her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at UVIC.

Highlights from her over 15 year long acting career include the Rez Sisters, Ernestine Shuswap Gets Her Trout, The Laurier Memorial, Salmon Row, the Governor General’s Award winning play and National Tour of Where the Blood Mixes , Gordon Tootoosis final show Gordon Winter and the World Premier of Children of God at the National Arts Centre. More about Kim Senklip Harvey:

Due to current conditions with the COVID-19, working with local writers, students, faculty and the public lecture will all happen in a virtual platform. Registration is required, please see below.

Public Lecture

Interior Salish Sharing: Stories from a Shapeshifter

Join us as Indigenous Theorist and Cultural Evolutionist Kim Senklip Harvey gives a virtual talk on the prose, plays and process of dismantling and troubling colonial and neo-capital systems and the resurgence of Indigenous Matriarchal led systems and frameworks. With a particular focus on amplifying the emancipatory journeys of those enduring state oppression.

Date: Tuesday, October 20
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Zoom. Register HERE to receive the link to attend. 

This lecture is free and open to the public. 

Manuscript Submissions

Writer-in-residence Kim Senklip Harvey will meet with local community and student writers to discuss their work, the writing process and writing and storytelling concerns. Writers are invited to submit manuscripts for review and feedback. Storytellers may submit a bio and a brief statement about their areas of interest.

The deadline to submit is Oct. 8, and you must be available for a meeting with the Writer in Residence during business hours on a Monday to Friday, between Oct 13 and 23th. (Meetings will be held via Zoom)

To be considered for this opportunity, please submit:

  • 5-10 double-spaced pages of writing OR in the case of oral storytellers, a bio and a one- or two-line description of areas of interest
  • If you are a UBC student include your student number.

How to SUBMIT:

Please email your submission to by 4pm, October 8, 2020

Past Visiting Authors