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Visiting Author Series

The Creative Writing program invites accomplished novelists, essayists, poets, screenwriters, and playwrights to present their work at the Okanagan Regional Library or on UBC's Okanagan Campus.

Visiting Authors | 2016 - 2017

Reading the Valley 

Celebrating the launch of this annual event, Reading the Valley welcomes a number of great writers and artists including:
Jeannette Armstrong, Corinna Chong, Joan Crate, Dina Del Bucchia, Sean Johnston, Jake Kennedy, John Lent, Evan Munday, Cecily Nicholson, Matt Rader, Harold Rhenisch, Renee Sarojini Saklikar, Moheb Soliman, Margo Tamez, Sharon Thesen, Caitlin Voth, and Daniel Zomparelli.

Join us for various events throughout this gathering from February 7th to 10th, meet with writers, attend panels, expand your social network, and more.

Tuesday, Feb 7

Chapbook Workshop | Caitlan Voth, Fionncara MacEoin (Ashok Mathur, facilitator)
9:30 am, LIB 302, UBC Okanagan Campus

Poetry Panel | Moheb Soliman, Joan Crate, Margo Tamez (Matt Rader, moderator)
2 pm,  ART 374, UBC Okanagan Campus

Opening Night Gala Reading | John Lent, Sharon Thesen, Jeannette Armstrong
7pm, Cutters' Room: Royal Anne Hotel (348 Bernard Ave)

Wednesday, Feb 8

Social Media and Writing Panel | Daniel Zomparelli, Dina Del Bucchia, Renee Sarojini Saklikar. Evan Munday (moderator, Douglas Walbourne-Gough) 
9:30 am, ART 374, UBC Okanagan Campus

Short Story Panel | Sean Johnston, Corinna Chong, Matt Rader (Cole Mash, moderator)
3 pm, Room S104: Okanagan College (1000 KLO Road)

Reading | Evan Munday, Dina Del Bucchia, Daniel Zomparelli 
7 pm, Cutters' Room: Royal Anne Hotel (348 Bernard Ave)

Thursday, Feb 9

Interdisciplinary Panel | Moheb Soliman, Cecily Nicholson, Jake Kennedy, (Michael Turner, moderator)
2 pm, Studio 111: Rotary Arts Centre (421 Cawston Avenue)
Sponsored by the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan

Informal presentation to first year creative writing students with Daniel Zomparelli and Dina Del Bucchia
3:30 pm, Cutters' Room: Royal Anne Hotel (348 Bernard Ave)

Reading | Joan Crate, Renee Saklikar, Harold Rhenisch
5 pm, Cutters' Room: Royal Anne Hotel (348 Bernard Ave)

Spoken word event: Inspired Word Cafe
7 pm, Bean Scene: 274 Bernard Ave

Friday, Feb 10

Writers Cabaret, MC Erin Scott | short readings by MFA students and Inspired Word members, music by Lent Fraser Wall
7 pm ($5/$10 at the door) , Cutters' Room: Royal Anne Hotel (348 Bernard Ave)


Mark Winston

Mark Winston | What We Can Learn from Bees , Thurs. OIct. 6, 7:00pm, Kelowna Art Gallery

Mark Winston believes humans can learn a lot from the bees in terms of building a balanced community.  “Bees are an extraordinarily collaborative society, in which the good for society always comes first,” he says. “To me the best way for personal health is to build a strong community that each of us can thrive in.”  Come and hear Dr. Winston’s talk and reading from his remarkable book, Bee Time.

Sponsored by The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, The Eco Art Incubator, The Canada Council for the Arts, and BORDER FREE BEES.


Past Visiting Authors

Armand Garnet Ruffo | Monday, Jan. 25, 12:30pm, Aboriginal Centre, UBC Okanagan AND 7:30pm, Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art, 421 Cawston Ave

Armand Garnet RuffoArmand Garnet Ruffo draws on his Ojibway heritage for his writing. Born in Chapleau, northern Ontario, his roots extend to the Sagamok Ojibway First Nation and the Chapleau Fox Lake Cree First Nation. In 2015, The Thunderbird Poems, based on the paintings of the acclaimed Ojibway artist Norval Morrisseau, was published by Harbour Publishing.  In 2014, his creative biography Norval Morrisseau: Man Changing Into Thunderbird was published by Douglas & McIntyre and was nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award. He currently lives in Kingston and teaches at Queen’s University.

 

Armand Garnet Ruffo | Monday, Jan. 25, 12:30pm, Aboriginal Centre, UBC Okanagan AND 7:30pm, Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art, 421 Cawston Ave

Armand Garnet RuffoArmand Garnet Ruffo draws on his Ojibway heritage for his writing. Born in Chapleau, northern Ontario, his roots extend to the Sagamok Ojibway First Nation and the Chapleau Fox Lake Cree First Nation. In 2015, The Thunderbird Poems, based on the paintings of the acclaimed Ojibway artist Norval Morrisseau, was published by Harbour Publishing.  In 2014, his creative biography Norval Morrisseau: Man Changing Into Thunderbird was published by Douglas & McIntyre and was nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award. He currently lives in Kingston and teaches at Queen’s University.

 

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