Marc Arellano Marc Arellano

Marc has a B.A. and M.A. in Literature from Carleton University. Having worked for the Department of National Defence and other Canadian companies like Norco Performance Bikes, Marc has extensive experience writing for industry in the fields of Technical Writing, Business Composition, and PR/Marketing. With the emerging new technologies in the electronic world, he is currently engaged with the process of developing courses on writing in digital environments, and the effects of culture on communication. An award-winning poet and filmmaker, Marc views film and video as opportunities for raising social issues and creating community. 

His short documentary, (kə nā′dē ən), screened at the Montreal World Film Festival in 2008, placed in the top 10 in the CBC/Radio Canada International competition, Migrations, and received a U.S. premiere at the largest Hispanic film festival in the U.S., Cine Las Americas.

Marc’s last project, Strange Fruit: A Changing Landscape in The Central Okanagan, is a feature-length documentary that explores family-run orchards and the issues of land, labour and water. It received the Best Home Grown Film award at the 2010 Okanagan International Film Festival. It was also screened at the 2010 Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival in Toronto and was selected as an Official Finalist Award winner at the 2011 Las Vegas Film Festival as it “demonstrated superior and standout filmmaking and is deserving of special recognition.”

At a young age, he was chosen by the League of Canadian Poets to represent future voices at the Gala Reading in Association with the National Library's exhibition "Let us compare mythologies: Half a Century of Canadian Poetry in English."  His most recent publication is Carta a mi padre (Letter to My Father) a book-length documentary poem. Marc is currently working on a new short documentary film, Spinning Green, which explores the possibilities of urban agriculture.

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Mike Boulter Mike Boulter

Mike Boulter has a B.A. and M.A. in English Literature from Simon Fraser University.  He has taught at SFU, the University of Winnipeg and Selkirk College.  In his Master’s thesis he discussed hanging out in the darker caverns of the mind and meditating on Hermetic philosophy with H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) and Carl Jung.  He particularly loves reading Modernist poetry (any poetry, really) when he is not busy telling stories about Vishnu and Ganesha and Celtic fairies to his two daughters.

Mike’s interest in culture began with the way in which mythological symbols, born of the nether regions of the mind, over time grew to such stature that they were worshipped as divine realities.  In a more earth-bound perspective, we can see how cultural symbols of all sorts manifest and become ideas which mediate our experience of the phenomenal world and colour our perceptions of reality.  Mike’s sense of reality is greatly influenced by music, both academically and creatively.  One of his great interests is how music influences culture, self-identity and community.  He would like to build a jam-space in his garage.

Contrary to popular belief, Mike does have a practical side to him.  He discovered that whether he is teaching literature or technical writing, he simply loves teaching.  He has a deep, inborn respect for all beings (human, animal or incorporeal) and believes that every student he meets is worth spending time with so they understand the principles of a given course or curriculum.  Even though he posts his office hours, he will usually talk to a student at any time, especially if they come bearing chocolate.

Marlo Edwards Marlo Edwards

Marlo has a BA from York University and an MA from the University of Calgary, both in English Literature. After watching Pamela Anderson kick serious butt in the (under-rated) film Barb Wire, Marlo decided to focus on popular culture—and specifically women with guns—for her PhD, which she completed at McMaster University’s Department of English and Cultural Studies (2005). 

Some other noteworthy facts about Marlo: she was a high-school drop-out. She’s interested in media analysis and cultural theory, as well as in anarchism, feminism, environmentalism, anti-imperialism, anti-racism and other social justice-related isms. She dreams of living in a commune. She likes to read Henry James, Kathy Acker, Philip K. Dick, and Bitch magazine. She likes to watch classic Hollywood films, True Blood (until that one terrible moment) & Mad Men, action flicks with female leads, and documentaries that feature the always-so-convincing Noam Chomsky. She tries to practice radical pedagogy.  She loves tofu. 

Marlo’s writing has appeared in The Journal of Popular Culture, Mosaic, The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory & Criticism, and Kiss Machine. She is currently writing about the politics and pedagogy of student film making. She’s always happy to talk.

Raluca Raluca Fratiloiu

Disenchanted with the rampant corruption and oligarchy of post-Ceausescu Romania, armed only with a BA in Journalism and Mass-Communication from University of Bucharest plus a suitcase full of high-heel shoes, Raluca charted a course to the New World to master communication at the University of Calgary.

On completing her MA, in a desperate attempt to evade repatriation to her Eastern European homeland in 2001, she fled to Montreal to study at the feet of Dr. Maurice Charland at Concordia University where she attained her PhD in the rhetoric of Italianità and the Canadian post-nation. She maintains her interests in diasporic studies, discourse theory, rhetoric, identity and languages in between her true calling which is to nurture intellectual awakening in the bright young faces of Canada’s youth.

She comes to the Okanagan College fresh from teaching public relations as an Assistant Professor at Mount St. Vincent University.

Jillian Garrett Jillian Garrett

Jillian Garrett has B.A.s in Art History and English Literature from the University of Calgary, and an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Alberta. Her Ph.D. (which is still in progress through the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta) investigates the impact of digital technology on collective memory. Before arriving at OC, Jillian taught literature and composition at the University of Alberta and the University of Lethbridge. She is very happy to have left Alberta winters behind.

Besides a fascination with how collective and cultural memory is created and sustained, Jillian is also interested in the function of mass media in times of national crisis, the influence of the Internet in altering conceptions of public space, and the changing role of public art in urban culture. She is also a self-proclaimed television junkie, and is thrilled that her job gives her an excuse to feed this addiction daily.

In her role as teacher, Jillian believes that students find empowerment through knowledge. Her goal is for students to leave her classroom more confident, independent thinkers. She hopes that they will gain an appreciation for what it means to take responsibility for and control of their education; to Jillian, this is at the heart of a learner-centred pedagogy.


Sharon Josephson Sharon Josephson

Sharon has a B.A. in English Literature and an M.A. in Rhetoric and Composition, both from Simon Fraser University. 

She is interested in the interdisciplinary study of language, in particular in relation to politics, race, gender, class, and culture.  She would like very much to have lunch with Mikhail Bakhtin, Pierre Bourdieu, Kenneth Burke, Deborah Cameron, Michel Foucault, and Aristotle.  She would like to drink wine with Wittgenstein.

Prior to joining the faculty at Okanagan College, Sharon taught writing at the University of Winnipeg, Simon Fraser University, and Douglas College.  She is intensely interested in challenging entrenched, traditional approaches to writing instruction.  To this end, she avoids lectures on the parts of speech and she refuses to read Eats, Shoots & Leaves.  She loves teaching.

Colin Snowsell Colin Snowsell

Colin Snowsell holds a MA in Communications Studies from the University of Calgary. He is finishing a PhD through the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University. An interview he did with Chuck Klosterman in Spin Magazine, on Morrissey and his Latino fans,  now appears in Chuck Klosterman IV: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas (2006). Snowsell believes a line from that article –   "Frankly, Snowsell doesn't know why all this happened, either" – continues to summarize his intellectual endeavours, but perhaps not in the way Klosterman intended. The more one reads and the more one thinks, the more questions one raises and that, Snowsell would like to remind Klosterman, is kind of the point of the whole thing. Presently, Snowsell is thinking about Canadian cowboy mythology, steakhouses and diners. Maybe he is just hungry.

Always, Snowsell thinks about Raymond Chandler and Los Angeles in the 1930s, the decline of Britpop, the appeal of shoegazing, Nightmare Alley, The Wire, the short stories of John Cheever, Swedish indiepop, and who would win in fights between: Gene Tierney and Linda Darnell; Alain Delon and Buck Owens; Montgomery Clift and The Clash; 50 Cent and David Caruso. Despite his fondness for pop culture, Snowsell still thinks Theodor Adorno was right.

Snowsell's essays have been published in This Magazine, Maisonneuve and PopMatters. Earlier versions of Snowsell have appeared on MuchMusic (in the role of Calgary alt-indie impresario), obtained a journalism diploma from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and worked in corporate communications at Greyhound Canada's head office in Calgary.

Prior to joining the faculty at Okanagan College, Snowsell taught professional communication at the University of Saskatchewan.

Natalie Appleton Headshot Natalie Appleton

Natalie Appleton fled from her hometown of Medicine Hat, Alberta, not long after high school and headed to Saskatchewan. That’s right. She completed a BA in journalism at the University of Regina only to return home to Medicine Hat, where she covered corn-eating contests for the local daily.  After several posts at papers across western Canada, Natalie got itchy feet.

She felt she ought to travel but had no money and ended up teaching at two universities in Bangkok. She thought she was there for another, bigger reason and stayed until she met her future husband/fellow Hatter. She wanted to write something that wouldn’t be at the bottom of a birdcage tomorrow, and began a book about her adventure.

At points in between she has also taught literature and other subjects at Medicine Hat College, moved cities approximately every 18 months since she was 18, landed in London (not Ontario) and completed an MA in Creative Writing (narrative non-fiction) at City University London.

Now settled back in the Okanagan, Natalie plans to write, read and teach.

Credentials: BA in journalism (Distinction) University of Regina, MA (City University London)

Recent Projects:

How to Meet a Nice Man from Medicine Hat, a memoir about leaving everything behind for Bangkok, a city that introduces Natalie to a new way of life and the love of her life – a man from her hometown (seeking a publisher); A World Away, A Wish Answered (someone else’s cheesy title) is the essay version of my memoir which appeared in The New York Times in March 2012; co-writing a film adaptation of my memoir; coverage of the trial of former Vernon teacher Deborah Ashton (The Province, Canadian Press), and the pursuit and court appearances of suspected Cherryville killer Matthew Foerster (The Province).

What Students May Not Know: I speak just enough of four other languages so that I can’t really speak any of them.

Why I Teach:  To inspire and be inspired. Cheesy but true.

Recently Read:

Perfume:The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind.

 Hannah Calde Headshot Hannah Calder

Hannah was born in Canterbury, England, and spent the first 15 years of her life living with her large family (including 50 chickens and two ponies) in Kent.   At 15, her parents decided to move the family to Vernon, B.C., which she eventually realized was actually the farthest thing from the greatest tragedy of her life.

At 19, Hannah enrolled in classes at Capilano College.  It was there that she began to connect with writers and to share, publish and publically read her poetry.  Hannah went on to complete her B.A. in English at Simon Fraser University, writing her honours paper on Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber.  After graduating, Hannah spent time in Chicago working as a nanny, in Kent working as a residential social worker and in Seoul teaching ESL.  She then returned to SFU to complete her M.A. in English, graduating with distinction in 2004. 

Hannah’s interest in literature always has and always will lead back to her own desire to write.  She reads to write and is infinitely fascinated by why writers write what they do and how they do it so well.  During her M.A., she wrote the first draft of her novel, More House, which she went on to publish in 2009 with New Star books.  She is currently working on a second novel that is inspired by the art of patients from early 20th century psychiatric institutions in Germany.  Like More House, her new novel is playful, in your face and poetic.  

After graduate school, Hannah moved to Barcelona to learn Spanish (bad choice – they speak Catalan).  She spent three and a half years there teaching Business English, translating, writing and taking photos.  Hannah and her family moved to Vernon in August 2012.

Cathi Shaw Headshot Cathi Shaw

Cathi spent almost twenty years at Simon Fraser University.  While there she studied Literature (for her BA), Computer Literacy (for her MA) and Curriculum Theory with an emphasis on Composition (for her PhD).  In addition to her studies, Cathi held a variety of administrative and teaching positions at SFU and became an expert in directing students and staff to obscure teaching spaces on campus.

In 2008, Cathi spread her wings and moved to the Okanagan where she has been teaching academic and technical writing classes ever since.

Cathi has just finished adapting the US textbook, Writing Today, for the Canadian market and through the process has decided that writing one’s one textbook is easier than adapting someone else’s.

When she is not teaching, she is writing (poetry, fiction and non-fiction) and avoiding writing by driving her three teenagers up and down the Okanagan Valley.