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 | 2015 - 2016
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 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.
Mercedes Eng | Tuedsay, Feb. 2, 3:30-5pm, ART 386 UBC Okanagan
Mercedes Eng is a teacher and writer in Vancouver, unceded Coast Salish territory. Her writing has appeared in various critical and literary journals, on the sides of Burrard and Granville bridges as part of art installations, and in the collectively produced chapbooks, r/ally (No One Is Illegal), and Survalliance and M’aidez (Press Release). She is the author of Mercenary English (CUE Books 2013).
image: Mercenary English book cover
Chelsea Rooney | Wednesday, Sept. 16, 7:30pm, FINA Gallery, CCS Building, UBC Okanagan
Chelsea Rooney is the author of Pedal, a debut novel published in 2014 with Caitlin Press and a finalist for the 2015 Amazon.ca First Novel Award. CBC Books named her a Writer to Watch in 2015. She hosts a monthly episode of The Storytelling Show on Vancouver Co-Op Radio.
Jordan Abel | Tuesday, Oct. 13, 7:30pm, EME 1151, UBC Okanagan
Jordan Abel is a Nisga'a writer and a PhD student at Simon Fraser University where his research focuses on Indigenous literature and resurgence. Abel's conceptual writing engages with the representation of Indigenous peoples in found text. He has been described as ³a master carver of the page who passes the work of sculpture along to the reader ³who reads, and rereads, in three dimensions. Abel¹s work has appeared in numerous periodicals, and his chapbooks have been published by Above/Ground Press and JackPine Press. Abel is the author of Un/inhabited and The Place of Scraps, which was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and the winner of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. Injun, Abel's third book, is forthcoming from Talonbooks in Spring 2016.
Kevin Kerr | Monday, Nov. 9, 7:30pm, Okanagan Regional Library, 1380 Ellis Street
Playwright Kevin Kerr is a founding member of Electric Company Theatre, an artist-driven ensemble based in Vancouver, BC. With Electric Company he’s collaborated on the creation of numerous plays including The Wake, The Score, Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands, Flop, The Fall, You Are Very Star, Brilliant! The Blinding Enlightenment of Nikola Tesla, Studies in Motion and Tear the Curtain!
Other works include Skydive and Spine (Realwheels Theatre), The Secret World of Og (Carousel Theatre), the screenplay for The Score (CBC Television/Screen Siren Picture), The Night’s Mare (Caravan Farm Theatre) and Unity (1918) which received the 2002 Governor General’s Literary Award.
Last reviewed 10/4/2016 1:50:30 PM