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Woodshed Reading Series

Woodhaven Eco Culture is looking forward to another summer of art and community at our beautiful cabin in the forest. We will be hosting notable authors from across the country as part of our Woodshed Reading Series, sponsored by Canada Council for the Arts. All of these events are free and open to the public. Be sure to check our public Facebook group ‘The Woodshed Readings’ or our blog for detailed event postings. All who love art and language come join us out in the woods!

On May 15th, we were honoured to host the renowned poet and Griffin Prize Nominee Russell Thornton. The event was a great way to usher in the summer.

On May 28th, the woods grow dark at Woodhaven’s Gothic Night. Join us for an evening of scary stories hosted by Dania Tomlinson (MFA). We will huddle in the cabin, exchange tales of our own making, or classic thrillers. Anyone own a talking raven?

On June 5th, The Woodshed Reading Series will be honoured to host Joane Arnott, notable poet and author of books for both young and old. Arc Poetry Magazine writes that Arnott’s latest book of poetry, A Night for the Lady, is flavored with “A conversational tang…as if readers are transported to her kitchen table, or perched, listening to her, on stumps around an open fire.” Woodhaven is just the intimate venue for this work.

On June 12th, The Woodshed Reading Series welcome Fred Stenson, novelist and author of Who by Fire: the story of a southern Alberta farm family who are confronted, suddenly, by a dangerous gas plant on their doorstep. “Stenson simultaneously mythologizes and demythologizes the West. He focuses on the lives of ordinary people, the fringe players of history, leaving the larger legends, big ranchers and political personalities to others” ( Join us for this timely reading. 

On June 19th, The Woodshed Reading Series hosts the poet Jeff Latosik author of Tiny, Frantic, Stronger. Jeff Latosik's award-winning poems have appeared in magazines and journals across the country. He won the P.K. Page Founders Award from The Malahat Review in 2007, placed first in THIS Magazine's Great Literary Hunt in 2008, and was a finalist for the Bronwen Wallace Award for 2008. He teaches at Humber College in Toronto. 

On June 20th, on June 27th, and again on the 30th, talented local Eco Artist Lori Mairs will be running workshops at Woodhaven. The purpose of these workshops is to “cultivate and enrich the senses, to focus closely on what is in plain sight and ‘see’ the invisible world in the forest”. For more information contact Lori Mairs at

During the day on June 27th, The Creative Writing Course Union will be hosting a poetry picnic. This event starts at 12pm and runs until 3pm at Lund park on Black Mountain: see the UBCO Creative Writing Course Union page on Facebook for details. Like most of these events, this delightful poetry picnic is free and open to the public.

During the month of July, UBCO will be running a summer writing intensive from the 5th to the 17th, followed by a visual art summer intensive from the 20th to the 31st.  Please see UBC Okanagan’s FCCS website for details. While these courses are for students of the university, there will be many public presentations by some truly fantastic authors and artists. Be sure to check our Facebook group, The Woodshed Readings, for event listings.

The second annual Beat Salad event, will be held on Friday July 10, 6pm at Woodhaven. This event is an artistic smorgasbord of poetry, prose, live music and a 100-mile potluck, where attendees will bring dishes made from Okanagan ingredients. This is sure to be quite the party with performances by Joan Crate, W. Mark Giles, Matt Rader, Laisha Rosnau, Michael V. Smith, and many more! See the event poster for details. 

In August, the heat is on, but things won’t be slowing down at Woodhaven! Sarah De Leeuw and Theresa Kishkan will be coming to visit and read to the public.  Also, Woodhaven will be the site for several Kids’ Art and Drama camps over the course of the month. Check out the website for more details.

Join our Facebook Group, The Woodshed Readings, for detailed information about visiting authors, or check out our blog at, for information about all the wonderful events we have planned for you this summer!

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