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.

2022 Visiting Author

The Creative Writing program is pleased to welcome Matthew Salesses as the first visiting author for the 2022/23 academic year.

Matthew Salesses is a novelist, scholar, and Korean adoptee who has written and spoken widely about adoption, race, and parenting for many national venues including NPR’s Code Switch, The New York Times’ Motherlode, VICE, Salon, The Rumpus, The Kenyon Review, the Center for Asian American Media, and The Good Men Project, on PBS, at Brown University, the Texas State, and Our Lady of the Lakes MFA programs; he has also spoken at adoption events and conferences, and at the Tin House, Kundiman, Writers @ Work, and Boldface writing conferences.

His acclaimed first novel The Hundred-Year Flood was an Amazon Bestseller, an Amazon Best Book of September, and a Kindle First pick; an Adoptive Families Best Book of 2015; a Millions Most Anticipated of 2015; a Thought Catalog Essential Contemporary Book by an Asian American Writer; and a Best Book of the season at Buzzfeed, Refinery29, and Gawker, among others. Buzzfeed also named him one of 32 Essential Asian American Writers in 2015. His latest works are Disappear Doppelgänger Disappear and Craft in the Real World.

Matthew is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Columbia University.

Public Reading

Date: September 26, 2022
Time: 2-3:00 pm
Location: Virtual via zoom, or live-stream in ART 104.

This event is free and open to all, but we request that people register for either option below.

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This talk is co-hosted by UBC Vancouver’s School of Creative Writing.

Annual Sharon Thesen Lecture

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.

Past Visiting Authors