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Writer In Residence

Richard Van Camp, 2018 Writer-in-Residence

Richard Van CampRichard Van Camp is a proud member of the Tłı̨chǫ Dene from Fort Smith, Northwest Territories.

He is the author of two children’s books with the Cree artist George Littlechild: A Man Called Raven and What’s the Most Beautiful Thing You Know About Horses? His novel, The Lesser Blessed, is now a feature film with First Generation Films; his collections of short fiction include Angel Wing Splash Pattern, The Moon of Letting Go and Other Stories, Godless but Loyal to Heaven and Night Moves. He is the author of four baby books: Welcome Song for Baby: A Lullaby for Newborns; Nighty Night: A Bedtime Song for Babies and Little You (now translated into Cree, Dene and South Slavey!) and We Sang You Home, and he has two comic books out with the Healthy Aboriginal Network: Kiss Me Deadly and Path of the Warrior. His graphic novel, Three Feathers, is about restorative justice; his new novel, Whistle, is about mental health and asking for forgiveness and his graphic novel, The Blue Raven, is about mental health and the power of culture and friends. His Eisner nominated graphic novel, A Blanket of Butterflies, is about peacemaking where a grandmother is the hero of the story and his latest graphic novel, Spirit, is about suicide prevention. Cinematic adaptations of his work include “Mohawk Midnight Runners”, by Zoe Hopkins based on Richard’s short story, “Dogrib Midnight Runners” from The Moon of Letting Go,  Kelvin Redver’s adaptation of “firebear called them faith healers”,  and Jay Cardinal Villeneuve’s adaptation of “Hickey Gone Wrong”, based on Richard’s comic book with Chris Auchter and “Three Feathers”, which is available for viewing in Bush Cree, Dene and South Slavey as well as English, based on his graphic novel. 

(photo credit: William Au)

Richard will spend one week on campus from July 23 to 27th meeting with students and faculty, participating in the Summer Indigenous Art Intensive, offering a public reading as part of the Milkcraters of the Moon Reading Series, and offering a symposium for local writers.


Collaboration As a Dance of Trust | Wednesday, July 25th, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., FIP 138, UBC Okanagan Campus

In this seminar, Richard Van Camp will share how working with publishers, editors and his hero artists has only made his work and his career even more magnificent. He will share why many writers today do need to work with several agents, publishers and business models to have a business plan that can survive the business of writing.

Please complete the REGISTRATION FORM to attend this FREE seminar. 

Public Reading

Milkcraters of the Moon (MOM) Reading series | Tuesday, July 24th, 7:00 p.m., Milkcrate Records, 527 Lawrence Ave

MOM is a collaboration between Kelowna non-profit arts organization, The Inspired Word Cafe, and the UBCO Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies. The goal of the series is to foster community and coalition building between our local and institutional art communities by pairing notable Canadian authors from out of town with writers from our own community, and to provide a short open mic for other creators to share their work.

Past Writers in Residence

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