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Visiting Authors

2008 - 2009

Catherine Mamo, Brian Bartlett, Alix Hawley
A Special Reading to End this Year’s Series! Two local writers and one from way across the country!
Please join us for this last reading of the season!

Wed. April 8st, 7:30 PM Brian Bartlett, Catherine Mamo and Alix Hawley will read together.
At the Downtown Kelowna Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library, 1380 Ellis St.! All
welcome! Free Admission!

Bartlett has published five collections of poems, most recently The Watchmaker’s Table, as well as
Wanting the Day: Selected Poems. He teaches at St. Mary’s University in Halifax. Hawley completed
a Doctor of Philosophy degree at Oxford University. She also received an M.A. in Creative Writing at
the University of East Anglia. Her first book, The Old Familiar, was published in 2008. She teaches at
Okanagan College and lives in Kelowna. Mamo is a mom, writer, and part-time librarian, living in
Peachland. She holds an MFA in creative Writing from UBC and has had poems published in numerous
literary magazines. Paperwhite, published by Thistledown, is her first book.

The reading is supported by The Department of Creative Studies at UBC Okanagan, The Canada
Council for the Arts, The UBCO Bookstore, The Okanagan Institute, The Okanagan Regional Library,
and the League of Canadian Poets.

Please contact Nancy Holmes at 250-807-9369 for more information.

Sheri-D Wilson

Sheri-D Wilson

Wed, Feb.25, 7:30pm, SSC 026

Free Admission, All Welcome!

Reading sponsored by The Canada Council for the Arts,
The Department of Creative Studies at UBCO, and the
Okanagan Institute.

Sheri-D Wilson, poet, playwright, performer, has seven collections poetry. Her most recent Autopsy
of a Turvy World
was launched in 2008. Re:Zoom (Frontenac House) her sixth collection won the 2006
Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry. She has published video poems and audio recordings (See
linkbelow for a taste!) and performed in festivals across North America, Europe and Africa. She is Artistic
Director of The Calgary International Spoken Word Festival and Director of The Spoken Word Program at
The Banff Centre.

Click here to watch "Spinsters Hangingin Trees" video.

Sheri Benning

Sheri Benning grew up on a small farm in
central Saskatchewan. Her second book of
poetry, Thin Moon Psalm (Brick Books, 2007)
won the Saskatchewan Book Award’s Anne
Szumigalski Poetry Award and The City of
Saskatoon Book Award. Her first book of
poetry, Earth After Rain (Thistledown Press,
2001) also won two Saskatchewan Book Awards
– the Anne Szumigalski Poetry Award and the
Brenda Riches MacDonald First Book Award.
Benning is currently a PhD candidate at
the University of Alberta and a Research Fellow
in the University of Glasgow's creative writing

UBC Okanagan - Arts 103
Wednesday, September 10 - 4:30pm

Supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.

Random Acts of Poetry

Open Mic! Calling all poets!

Join UBC Okanagan poet Nancy Holmes for a night
of Random Acts of Poetry. Bring poems you’ve
written or poems you like. Everyone is welcome to
read in support of literacy programs in our

Book prizes for poems about reading and writing!

Downtown Kelowna Branch
Okanagan Regional Library
1380 Ellis Street
Wednesday, October 1 - 7:30pm to9:00pm

Supported by the Canada Council for the Arts,
Victoria READ Society and Project Literacy Kelowna

Russell Thornton

Russell Thornton is a North Vancouver,
B.C. poet who has won several awards,
including first prize in the League of
Canadian Poets National Contest (2000).
His poems have appeared in several
anthologies, most recently, Rocksalt (2008)
and Open Wide a Wilderness (2008). He is
featured in the collection of talks between
Canadian poets, Where the Words Come
From (
2002). His books are The Fifth Window
(2000), A Tunisian Notebook (2002), House
Built of Rain
(2003) and The Human Shore

Downtown Kelowna Branch
Okanagan Regional Library
1380 Ellis Street
Wednesday, October 22 - 7:30pm to9:00pm

Supported by The Canada Council for the Arts.

Jen Sookfong Lee

Jen Sookfong Lee’s first novel, The End
of East
(2007), spans almost the entire 20th
century and delves into the underside of
Chinese Canadian history through the eyes
of the Chan family. An energetic and
engaged stage presence, Jen has spoken at
literary festivals, universities and high
schools across North America and was the
first debut novelist to be featured on CBC's
Studio One Book Club. A founding member
of the writing group SPiN, Jen edits two
online magazines, Wet Ink and Schema, and
is currently working on her second novel.

Downtown Kelowna Branch
Okanagan Regional Library
1380 Ellis Street
Wednesday, November 5 - 7:30pm to9:00pm

Sponsored by the Writers Union of Canada
and The Canada Council for the Arts.

Jen Sookfong Lee's website.

Colleen Murphy

Colleen Murphy’s play The December
won the 2007 Governor General’s
Literary Award for Drama, the 2008
Canadian Authors Association/Carol Bolt
Award for Drama and the 2006 Enbridge
playrites Award. Other plays include
Beating Heart Cadaver, The Piper, Down
in Adoration Falling
and All Other
Destinations are Cancelled
. She is also
an award winning filmmaker and her films
have played in festivals around the world.
They include Putty Worm (93), The Feeler
(95), Shoemaker (96), Desire (00),
War Holes (02), Girl with Dog (05) and Out
In The
Cold (08). She is currently
Playwright in Residence for Tapestry New
Opera Works in Toronto.

UBC Okanagan - SSC 026
Wednesday, November 19- 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Supported by The Canada Council for the Arts.

Colleen Murphy's website.

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