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An evening with three Canadian authors
Okanagan College Media Release

Nationally acclaimed poet Judith Pond from Calgary will join two emerging homegrown talents for an evening of readings at Okanagan College on Thursday.Judith Pond Feb 2017

One Night: Three Writers will see Pond assembled with current Okanagan College student Pip Dryden, winner of this year’s OC 3-Hr Short Story Contest. Rounding out the trio of speakers will be author Cole Mash, an Okanagan College alumnus and current graduate student at UBC Okanagan. The event starts at 7 p.m. in Room B112 at the Kelowna campus.

Pond’s fiction and poetry have been featured on CBC Radio and a variety of Canadian literary magazines and journals, including The Fiddlehead, Grain, Prairie Fire and Prism. She has published fiction and four collections of poetry: An Early Day, Dance of Death, Lovers and Other Monsters, and A Shape of Breath.

She holds a Master’s degree in German Literature from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and an MFA in creative writing from UBC. She teaches in Calgary and is currently working on a novel.

“Judith Pond is one of our country’s most underrated poets,” says Dr. Sean Johnston, an English Professor at Okanagan College and one of the event’s organizers. “She describes the quotidian – the everyday – in ways that enlarge our understanding of what it is to be human. And I am equally excited to hear from the two student writers who are both incredibly gifted.

“All three writers offer up in their work a brutally honest investigation of the human experience. These readings will have you asking questions long after the evening is over.”

Dryden’s story “This Time” was chosen as the overall winner for the 2016 3-Hr Short Story Contest out of 22 stories submitted across the College’s four campuses.

Mash is the recipient of a UBC Undergraduate Student Research Award and is currently at work on a biographical study, The Poetics of Teaching.

The event is free and open to the public.