Nancy Holmes

Nancy Holmes

Nancy Holmes, B.A., M.A.
Associate Professor, Creative Writing, Poetry
Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
The University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus
CCS 337, 1148 Research Road
Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7

T: 250.807.9369

2016-2017 Courses

CRWR 310-001 Term 1 The Power of Metaphor
CRWR 520-001 Term 1 Special Topics in Creative Writing

Research Interests

Creative Writing (poetry, fiction), Canadian literature, nature poetry,  ecopoetics, ecoart, community-based art, ecocriticism, Okanagan art and literature, place-based art, First World War Canadian poetry, early 20th century literature for girls

Research Areas

 Creative Writing ; Eco Cultures ; Cultural Literacies and Practices

Curriculum Vitae


Nancy Holmes writes both short fiction and poetry. She has published five collections of poetry, Valancy and the New World (Kalamalka Press, 1988), Down to the Golden Chersonese: Victorian Lady Travellers (Sono Nis, 1991), The Adultery Poems (Ronsdale, 2002) Mandorla (Ronsdale, 2005) and The Flicker Tree: Okanagan Poems (Ronsdale, 2012). Her poetry and fiction have been published in Arc, Room of One’s Own, Lichen, The Malahat Review, Matrix, Prairie Fire, Grain, The Harpweaver, and The Antigonish Review. She is the editor of Open Wide a Wilderness: Canadian Nature Poems (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2009). She teaches Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia Okanagan and has been both the Head of the Department of Creative Studies (2008-2011) and Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies (2012-2015).  She won the 2015 Robert Kroetsch National Teaching Award for her innovative project, Dig Your Neighbourhood.  She has worked as an editor, writing instructor, and mother. Beside writing and teaching, she organizes eco art projects in the Okanagan valley, especially with her collaborator Denise Kenney through The Eco Art Incubator.  Her most recent SSHRC-funded research concerns public art and the plight of native pollinators.

Research Projects

The Public Pollinator Project:

Woodhaven Eco Art Project:

The Eco Art Incubator:

Last reviewed shim8/16/2016 12:21:27 PM

The Flicker Tree

Open Wide a Wilderness


The Adultery Poems

Down to the Golden Chersonese

Valancy and the New World