Faculty

Matt Kavanagh 2012

Review of Mark C. Taylor
Review of William Gibson
Article for English Studies in Canada
Review of John Lanchester
Review of Don DeLillo
Review of Michael Chabon
ENGL 213 Course Outline

Matt Kavanagh, Department Chair (Kelowna)

Matt joined the Department of English in September 2007 and just began a stint as Chair. He's taught previously at McGill University in Montreal and McMaster University in Hamilton where he lectured on subjects ranging from literature to cultural studies to film and back again. His interests are broad, but if you corner him, he'll admit to a passion for contemporary fiction (British and American), psychoanalytic theory, and literary journalism.
      Matt holds a Ph.D. in English from McGill, where his research focused on representations of the market in recent American fiction by Don DeLillo, Jonathan Franzen, Bret Easton Ellis, Jack Womack and others. Matt is intrigued by the intersection of economics and literature and is particularly interested in the critique of financial reason offered by thinkers like Mark C. Taylor, Randy Martin, Fredric Jameson and Slavoj Žižek. His current research investigates fictional representations of that strange confluence of information technology and financial speculation known as cybercapital. He is working on a project that reads Don DeLillo’s career against the backdrop of ascendant neoliberalism.

Credentials:

Ph.D. (McGill), MA, BA (McMaster)

Recent Projects:

I contributed a chapter to the first scholarly collection of essays on the work of American novelist Michael Chabon (Rowman & Littlefield). I also have a chapter in an edited collection that examines the recent work of Don DeLillo (forthcoming from Rowman & Littlefield).

       With the support of the College, I’ve travelled to the Harry Ransom Center for the Humanities at the University of Texas to examine DeLillo’s papers. I presented on some of this archival research in February at “Fiction Rescues History,” a conference for DeLillo scholars held in Paris. My findings include stumbling across a previously unknown film treatment of the material that would become DeLillo’s award-winning novel Libra.

Recently Read:

Paul Beatty’s The Sellout and Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing

Currently Teaching:

Fall 2017: ENGL 215; Winter 2018: ENGL 153

What Students May Not Know:

I have a deep and abiding passion for the Toronto Maple Leafs. I know, I know...

Why I Teach:

To carry on conversation...

Jeremy Beaulne

Red Dot Players
KIdsWWwrite

Jeremy Beaulne (Penticton)

Jeremy grew up in the village of Pouce Coupe in northern British Columbia. After graduating from high school, he moved to Vancouver to study English literature at the University of British Columbia. Upon completing his MA thesis—an exploration of aesthetics and nationalism in Laurence Sterne's novel Tristram Shandy—Jeremy returned to the North, where he taught English, theatre, and film at the Dawson Creek and Fort St. John campuses of Northern Lights College for eight years. He has been a member of the Okanagan College English Department since Fall 2008.

      When he is not teaching, Jeremy is active in amateur theatre. He has acted in numerous productions, including a one-man show called Tales of a Catskinner, which toured several communities in northern British Columbia. In addition, Jeremy has directed productions of Krapp's Last Tape, The Importance of Being Earnest, Blood Relations, The Reluctant Resurrection of Sherlock Holmes, Between Yourself and Me, Arsenic and Old Lace, Dracula, The Beaux' Stratagem, Blithe Spirit, Les Belles-Soeurs, and The Government Inspector.

      Jeremy has also written two plays: A.K.A. Fangirl, a comedy about cosplay and comic books, and Special Guest, a satire of espionage films. The former was awarded “Best Full-Length Play” in Theatre BC’s 2014 Playwriting Competition.

Credentials:

MA, BA (UBC)

Recent Projects:

Jeremy’s most recent projects include directing Sense and Sensibility for the Red Dot Players, helping to organize the first “Demystifying Community Theatre” event at Okanagan College, and writing sketches for a Kelowna-based comedy television series called Actors Saying Words. In Winter 2018, he is going to direct an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s dark fantasy novel Neverwhere for the Red Dot Players.

Recently Read:

The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606 by James Shapiro; All-Day Breakfast by Adam Lewis Schroeder

Currently Teaching:

Fall 2017: ENGL 100, 150, and 231; Winter 2018: ENGL 153 and 160, FINA 115

What Students May Not Know:

Jeremy was the editorial cartoonist at The Ubyssey, UBC's student newspaper, for two years.

Why I Teach:

I love how teaching literature exposes me to fresh perspectives on texts I've worked with for years.

Norah Bowman-Broz

Norah Bowman (Kelowna and Penticton)

In 2014 I received my PhD from the University of Alberta in the English and Film Studies department. My dissertation is a study of BC settler literature in relation to climate change, the mountain pine beetle, and bioregionalism.
      My next project might be about resistance literature. I'm collecting stories about resistance and creation in times of oppression; nothing like a Get Up Stand Up to rouse my academic torpor.

Credentials:

PhD, MA, BA

Recent Projects:

My new work is about resource extraction in the BC interior, and how First Nations rights and title challenges settler narratives. What are the new stories we tell, and how we build relationships that recognize colonialism and look to a peaceable and just future? I'm not sure, but I am curious.
      I'm also working on a graphic novel about historic and ongoing feminist social activism. This includes some writing about the Russian group Pussy Riot, and I have been reading Judith Butler and Athena Athenasiou about performance, compassion, and politics.

Recently Read:

Borderlands/ La Frontera: The New Mestiza by Gloria Anzaldua; Listen All You Bullets, by my colleague Sean Johnston; Still reading Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty; Reconciliation : First Nations Treaty Making in British Columbia, Tony Penikett; Dispossession: The Performative in the Political, Judith Butler and Athena Athenasiou

Currently Teaching:

Fall 2017: ENGL 153 and GSWS 100; Winter 2018: ENGL/GSWS 210 and GSWS 295

What Students May Not Know:

I'm good with a speed rope. And tricky with a hula hoop.

Why I Teach:

How exciting, presenting literature and ideas to a group of curious minds! What better place than a classroom to enjoy the luxury of conversation, intellectual rigour and creative exchange? I'm one lucky human. Teaching is the sweet life.

Hannah Calder

Hannah Calder (Vernon and Salmon Arm)

Hannah Calder 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 publicly 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. By the end of her M.A., Hannah’s interests had shifted from Modernism and Postmodernism to pretty much anything written by men in tights. Thinking back on the courses she took as an M.A. student, she believes that the eclectic mix of radically experimental contemporary writing with the writing of “old dudes” (such as Spenser, Milton, and Shakespeare), continues to inform both her writing and teaching. She hopes to introduce students to a range of literary periods and writing styles in both her Creative Writing and Literature classes.
      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. In May, 2016, she published her second novel, Piranesi’s Figures, again with New Star books.
      Hannah began teaching at Okanagan College in 2012.

Credentials:

MA, BA (Simon Fraser University)

Recent Projects:

Novel.

Recently Read:

Tight Wire (Kerry Gilbert); All True Not a Lie in It (Alix Hawley); Beautiful Darkness (Kerascoët and Fabien Vehlmann); Three Tales (Gustave Flaubert); Vancouver Special (Charles Demers); My Body Is Yours (Michael V. Smith)

Currently Teaching:

Fall 2017: CMNS 112 and ENGL 100; Winter 2018: ENGL 100 and 153

What Students May Not Know:

I live in a bilingual household.

Why I Teach:

To share my passion for the written word with others.

Corinna Chong

Ryga: A Journal of Provocations
Belinda's Rings
Corinna's website

Corinna Chong (Kelowna and Vernon)

Corinna Chong studied both Fine Arts and English at the University of Calgary, and specialized in photography and creative writing. She worked as a graphic designer, backpacked around India, China, and Nepal, and earned her Master’s degree in English and Creative Writing at the University of New Brunswick before finally landing in the Okanagan in 2011. Her first novel, Belinda’s Rings, was published by NeWest Press in 2013. When she’s not teaching, Corinna is working on freelance design projects and chipping away at short stories. Corinna is always seeking bridges between the visual and literary arts, and has lately been cultivating a love of graphic novels and artist’s books.

Credentials:

MA (University of New Brunswick), BFA, BA (University of Calgary)

Recent Projects:

“Wolf-Boy Saturday,” a short story, was published in The Humber Literary Review, and "Thieves," a piece of creative non-fiction, was published in Cosmonauts Avenue. I am also working on a novel set in Drumheller called Bad Land.

Recently Read:

Here by Richard McGuire; What It Is by Lynda Barry; Hold Still by Sally Mann

Currently Teaching:

Fall 2017: FINA 170 and 201, ENGL 204; Winter 2018: FINA 171 and 202, ENGL 100

What Students May Not Know:

I am hopelessly addicted to ice cream.

Why I Teach:

For the love of learning. For the chance to inspire a love of learning in others. For the sake of fostering creativity, curiousity, self-confidence, and an appreciation for diverse perspectives.

Jason Dewinetz 2014

Greenboathouse Press
"The Bunker" @ KP
Fine Press Book Association

Jason Dewinetz (Kelowna and Vernon)

Jason grew up in Vernon, graduated from W.L. Seaton, and began his college studies at OC in 1989. Between 1999 & 2005 he returned to Vernon during the summer months to produce the Greenboathouse Reading Series, and in 2007 he came back for good.
      Also in 1999, Jason founded Greenboathouse Books, a small press publishing limited edition collections by emerging and established Canadian poets, an endeavour that has continued to gain momentum and attention across the country and internationally. His interest in the formal presentation of writing led him to the design of books, with special interest in typographic principle and history. Greenboathouse Press has garnered more than ten national book design awards, and in 2008 Jason served as one of three judges for the Alcuin Society's Annual Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada. He is currently serving as the North American Chair of the Fine Press Book Association, and runs "The Bunker,"  Okanagan College's letterpress print shop.
      His poetry has been published in journals across Canada, and he is the author of The Gift of a Good Knife (Outlaw editions, 2000), In Theory (Above/ground press, 2002), Moving to the Clear, (NeWest, 2002), and Clench (Gaspereau Press, 2011). He also co-authored (with Michael O'Driscoll) A Bibliography of the Black Sparrow Press Archive (University of Alberta Press, 2003).

Credentials:

MA (University of Alberta), BA (Honours, University of Victoria)

Recent Projects:

Setting a lot of type to print two new Greenboathouse Pressprojects

Recently Read:

And the Ass Saw the Angel by Nick Cave, Odes by Sharon Olds, Ornata by John Grice.

Currently Teaching:

On Leave 2017-18

What Students May Not Know:

That I went to OC as a student way back in the late 80s, and lived to tell the tale.

Why I Teach:

To challenge and experiment and explore.

Kerry Gilbert

Kerry Gilbert Webpage
'Who Lies Beautifully': The Kalamalka Anthology
(kerplnk)
Tight Wire [scroll down]

Kerry Gilbert (Vernon)

Kerry was born in Calgary, Alberta, and raised in Vernon, British Columbia. She started her university career at Okanagan University College. She finished her Bachelor of Arts at Malaspina University College, in Nanaimo, with a major in Creative Writing and a minor in Liberal Studies. Kerry then took her Master's in Creative Writing at Griffith University, in Australia.
       Kerry started teaching, Creative Writing and Literature Courses, at Okanagan University College in January 2003. She published her first book of poetry, (kerplnk): a verse novel of development in 2005. Her second book of poetry, Tight Wire, was published in 2016 with Mother Tongue Publishing. Recently she also won the Gwendolyn MacEwen Poetry Award for Best Suite by an Emerging Writer 2016/2017. Kerry continues to live in Vernon, with her husband and three kids. She believes in the unique opportunities for students of Okanagan College, and is happy to be a part of such a dynamic, creative English Department.

Credentials:

MA (Griffith University), BA (Okanagan University College, Malaspina University College)

Recent Projects:

I am currently editing two poetry manuscripts.

Recently Read:

Hannah Calder’s Piranesi’s Figures and Kayla Czaga’s For Your Safety Please Hold On.

Currently Teaching:

Fall 2017: ENGL 100 and 116; Winter 2018: ENGL 100 and 216

What Students May Not Know:

I did my first two years of university at OUC's Vernon campus.

Why I Teach:

I love the process of teaching, because I love what it means to learn.

FrancieGreenslade

Bukowski Agency
By the Secret Ladder
A Pilgrim in Ireland
Shelter
Francie's website

Francie Greenslade (Penticton)

Teaching is not "merely to confirm the status quo [but] to challenge ourselves so that we may become critical participants in our educational process and society as a whole." — Carl E. James

      I've written stories since I could write. After several unsuccessful attempts to make what I thought would be a more practical choice, I chose to study English literature at University of Winnipeg. It has proven to be a very practical choice for me, a field that has allowed me to do what I love – read and write, and think about writing.

      I did my Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at University of British Columbia in 1992. I have written for TV Guide, trade magazines, non-profit organizations, business and government. Penguin, Canada published my first book, A Pilgrim in Ireland: A Quest for Home, in 2002. My second book, By the Secret Ladder: A Mother's Initiation was published by Penguin in May 2007. Shelter, a novel, was published by Random House in August, 2011 and in the US, UK and Australia, Germany and the Netherlands (in translation) in 2012. An Italian translation will be published in 2015.

Credentials:

MFA (UBC), BA (University of Winnipeg)

Recent Projects:

The Italian translation of Shelter, a novel, Il Nostro Riparo, was published by Keller Editore in 2015. I love it that Italians are reading a book set in a tiny place in the interior of British Columbia. I've recently finished the seventy-fourth revision of a new novel, The Burned House, set in rural Manitoba in the 1960s, and I'm starting a new novel, which is a secret, even to me.

Recently Read:

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, a novel written in 1943 by Betty Smith. I first read this when I was twelve and I loved it even more this time around. The main character's name is Francie, so obviously....

Currently Teaching:

On Leave 2017-18

What Students May Not Know:

I can rescue you if you kayak with me. That is, if you fall in the water while kayaking with me. Not that you would.

Why I Teach:

Where else but in a classroom do you get to hear thirty people get so intense, funny, sincere, pissed off, and sweaty about a book?

Shona Harrison 2013

TEAMS Middle English Texts
Children's Literature Resources

Shona R. Harrison (Kelowna)

Shona holds a Ph.D. in English from UBC, where her research focused on the the social, cultural and gender dynamics of the medieval household manuscript within the context of the household as a community of readers, consumers, writers and patrons. This addresses important issues relating to the uses of literacy in the household and family, to power and gender relations, and the construction of social, familial and gender identities. While she is passionate about literatures, Shona is also enamoured with medieval manuscripts; to that end, she completed specialist instruction in medieval manuscript codicology and palaeography while living and studying in England.
      Shona started teaching for the Department of English in January 2010. She previously lectured at Vancouver Island University (Duncan and Nanaimo) and University of British Columbia (Kelowna). Shona has taught courses on Composition, Short Fiction and the Novel, Poetry and Drama, Medieval Romance, Literatures on Corporeality, Mother Daughter Literature, and Children's Literature.

Credentials:

PhD (University of British Columbia), MA, BA (University of Victoria).

Recent Projects:

Complete conservation of a 106 year old heritage house; conferencing and writing an article on medieval romance, Sir Eglamour of Aritois.

Recently Read:

Toni Morrison, God Help the Child and Maggie de Vries, Missing Sarah: A Memoir of Loss.

Currently Teaching:

Fall 2017: ENGL 100; Winter 2018: ENGL 100, 150, and 223

What Students May Not Know:

I am an avid equestrian and own two boisterous beagles, Plato and Winston.

Why I Teach:

"He who opens a school door, closes a prison." –Victor Hugo

 

Maryann Tjart Jantzen (Distance Ed. Tutor)

Maryann has fifteen years of university teaching experience, primarily at the first year level, include several semesters of tutoring for Simon Fraser University Distance Education. She has also served for six years as co-director of the Trinity Western University Writing Centre.
Maryann acted as associate editor (with Elsie Neufeld, et a) of Half in the Shadows: Anthology of British Columbia Mennonite Writing. (Vancouver, BC: Ronsdale Press, 2006) and she is co-editor (with H. Neufeldt and R. Martens) of a volume of biographical essays focussing on the lives of early Fraser Valley Mennonite settlers, Windows to a Village: Life Studies of Yarrow Pioneers (Waterloo: Pandora Press, in press Spring 2007).

SashaJohnston

Sasha Johnston (Kelowna)

I tried to convince one of my classes to write this bio for me, but they refused, so here we go (in point form)....

  • I grew up somewhere/time between Vernon and Calgary.
  • I am a historically minded literary person with a BA in History and a MA in Interdisciplinary Studies, which is more or less a MA in English/Cultural Studies.
  • I feel fairly fanatical about many ideas and issues. I try to use this fanaticism to create an engaging pedagogical experience. I like to use the term fanaticism as a synonym for 'passion' or 'zeal.'

Credentials:

MA (UBC), BA (Mount Royal)

Recent Projects:

I am currently working on two projects: the first is an examination of the many ways in which dominant parenting discourses continue to invoke obvious gendered stereotypes, effectively reinforcing traditional boundaries around motherhood as an intuitive space. The second concerns how the Canadian state is contending with the contradictions between established and emerging narratives of Canadian history and identity in two contemporary projects: the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. I have yet to figure out how or if these projects are related.

Recently Read:

Sven Lindqvist's 'Exterminate All The Brutes' and Shani Mootoo's Cereus Blooms at Night.

Currently Teaching:

Fall 2017: ENGL 100 and 222; Winter 2018: ENGL 100 and 153

What Students May Not Know:

There was a time in my life that I had the Periodic Table of Elements memorized. And though I own several, I have yet to leave the safety and security of my home in a pair of high heeled shoes.

Why I Teach:

Because it is the ideal way to keep learning!

Sean Johnston

Ryga: A Journal of Provocations
A Day Does Not Go By
All This Town Remembers
Bull Island
A Long Day Inside the Buildings
"The Expert"
Danforth Review Interview
Gaspereau Press
Arts and Opinion
The Ditch Was Lit Like This
Sean's website 

Sean Johnston (Kelowna)

Sean has been at Okanagan College for six years, teaching composition, literature and creative writing. He's originally from Saskatchewan and has lived and worked as a surveyor and labourer all over Canada. He has also worked as a journalist and is the author of the poetry collection The Ditch Was Lit Like This (Thistledown, 2011), the novel All This Town Remembers (Gaspereau, 2006), and the collection A Day Does Not Go By (Nightwood, 2002), which won the 2003 ReLit Award for short fiction. He is the co- editor of Ryga: A Journal of Provocations.

Credentials:

Ph.D. (South Dakota), MA (New Brunswick), BJ (Carleton)

Recent Projects:

Listen All You Bullets (novel, Gaspereau, 2013) ; We Don’t Listen (short fiction, forthcoming, Thistledown, 2014); The Whole Show (novel in progress)

Recently Read:

Underworld by Don Delillo; The Voice in the Margin: Native American Literature and the Canon by Arnold Krupat; Human Chain by Seamus Heaney; Judith by Aritha van Herk

Currently Teaching:

Fall 2017: ENGL 151 and 219; Winter 2018: ENGL 151 and 217

What Students May Not Know:

Perhaps how many times I've cheated death, though I don't like to talk about it.

Why I Teach:

My favourite part of teaching is kind of selfish and also a bit of cliché; though I enjoy being able to help students learn, what I love is being challenged by them, being made to rethink my own stances and assumptions, to defend them or revise them.

Jake Kennedy

bpNichol Award
Hazard
Light & Char (Greenboathouse Press)

Apollinaire's Speech to the War Medic

Jake Kennedy (Kelowna)

Jake Kennedy likes it when four cars come to a four-way stop, at exactly the same time and then, like, there's a calmness. Jake Kennedy sometimes says "Rae, stop doing that" and then Rae says "Doing, stop Rae that." Jake Kennedy can weep and lecture and slumgullion stuff like there's no tomorrow. Jake Kennedy takes the paper airplane that you've folded and he thinks to himself secret saccharine thoughts of joy. That is all.

Credentials:

Fiddy (McMaster), mom (U of Calgary), sheep (York University)

Recent Projects:

I am (still! still!) currently working on an entirely made-up biography of New York poet and architect Madeline Gins entitled "Made Line Sing." I am also (still! still!) collaborating with my dear friend kmaximus mcfairson acough on "Death Valley: A Collaborative Community Novel." Oh, and I am Ed McMahon to KME's Johnny at G'morning Poetry: A Late-Night Talk Show Humour Live Poetry Show Event Show (Vernon, BC!). Lastly, I am working on a kids' book called "Go the Fudge to Sleep" which I think is going to be a HUGE hit. Goodnight.

Recently Read:

Andy Stanton's Mr. Gum newsletters. Kelowna Daily Courier bit about how some folks are calling up Okanagan senior citizens and saying "We are the bank--could we have your money dollars and jewels?" and then the senior citizens think "this must be that new-fangled technology for banking" and so they're all "why of course you can have all of my ancient coins bonds and diamonds" which just drives the children of these unfortunate seniors "mad!" Mary Ruefle's Madness, Rack, & Honey--holy moly that's a dreamy book.

Currently Teaching:

Fall 2017: ENGL 116, 150, and 151; Winter 2018: ENGL 100, 126, and 150

What Students May Not Know:

If a poet falls in a forest no one wants to hear.

Why I Teach:

To have my frozen-sea-self shattered daily and to do my part to keep the beauty of "show and tell" alive...

JeremyLanaway

Jeremy Lanaway (Kelowna and Salmon Arm)

After completing the first two years of his post-secondary education at Okanagan College (then called Okanagan University College), Jeremy went on to complete a few degrees (BA, MFA, BEd) at UBC. His teaching experience ranges from teaching English courses at Okanagan College to teaching English and Creative Writing classes at high schools in Canada and Hong Kong to teaching advanced English grammar to ESL students preparing to enter Canadian post-secondary institutions. He has dabbled in freelance writing, publishing short stories in literary journals and non-fiction features in newspapers and magazines in Canada, the United States, and Hong Kong. He's also worked as a freelance writer / editor for Pearson Longman Asia (in fact, still does), Pearson Longman Canada, and Pearson Longman UK, which has given him an opportunity to author, co-author, and edit more than seventy English Language Teaching textbooks.

Credentials:

MFA, BFA, BEd (UBC)

Recent Projects:

  • had a short story ("Downturn") included in a recent Journey Prize Anthology
  • working on a short story collection
  • putting the finishing touches on a novel
  • edited a memoir for a local writer
  • working on a workbook series for Pearson Longman Hong Kong

Recently Read:

Daddy Lenin, Guy Vanderhaeghe; The Prague Orgy, Phillip Roth; Breaking and Entering, Joy Williams; Fifteen Dogs, Andre Alexis; Red Calvary, Isaac Babel.

Currently Teaching:

Fall 2017: ENGL 100 and 206; Winter 2018: ENGL 100 and 209

What Students May Not Know:

Hockey has always been a huge part of my life: from playing rep as a kid, to playing junior as a teen, to playing in a beer league as an adult. I've also been lucky enough to combine hockey with writing: I've worked as a recap / features writer for Canucks.com, and I'm currently the hockey writer for The American, a forty-year-old arts and culture magazine based in London, UK.

Why I Teach:

My life has been shaped by teachers. Imitation, as they say, is the highest form of flattery.

John Lent

CBC Interview
So It Won't Go Away
Review at The Globe and Mail
"Home"
Article on "Home"
Black Horses, Cobalt Suns
Article on Black Horses, Cobalt Suns
Monet's Garden
Review of Monet's Garden at CRM
Review at The Antigonish Review
The Face in the Garden
Article on The Face in the Garden
Article on Frieze
Article on Wood Lake Music
Article on A Rock Solid
Profile at The Literary Encyclopedia
Lent/Fraser/Wall
John Lent pages at Brown University
John Lent at the Internet Public Library
Writers' Union of Canada
John Lent Bio

John Lent (Retired, but still writing)

John Lent lives in Vernon, BC, where he has taught Creative Writing and Literature courses for Okanagan College for twenty-six years. The Path to Ardroe (2012) is his eighth book. So It Won't Go Away (2005) is a sequel to his 1996 work of fiction, Monet's Garden, in its third printing. Other books by Lent include The Face In The Garden (1990) and Black Horses, Cobalt Suns (2000).
      Lent has read from his work in many cities in Canada, the USA, France and England. He has written scholarly articles on Malcolm Lowry, Thomas De Quincey, Wilfred Watson, Mavis Gallant, Kristiana Gunnars and others, and has always been fascinated by the representation of consciousness as narrative.
      He is a founding member of Kalamalka Press, The Kalamalka Institute For Working Writers, and the annual Mackie Lecture and Reading Series at Okanagan College in Vernon. Lent is also a singer/songwriter in the Lent / Fraser / Wall Trio whose CD, Shadow Moon, was released in 2005.

 
Dennis Brutus
Ken Saro-Wiwa
William McIlvanney - 'Laidlaw' Trilogy
William McIlvanney - The Big Man
Researching McIlvanney
John Glenday
Wole Soyinka - "Death and the King's Horsemen"
Wole Soyinka - "Godspeak"
Athol Fugard - Boesman and Lena
Arthur Nortje
The Literary Encyclopedia: Athol Fugard
Greg Simison
Dennis Cooley
The Kailyard School
Burnside, "A Poet's Polemic"

Craig McLuckie (Vernon)

Craig McLuckie is a College Professor in the English Department. Born in Scotland, Craig was raised in South Africa, Canada and Scotland. Craig's commitment to the teaching and learner-centred mandate of Okanagan College is reflected in his scholarly work, especially in the purposely polyphonic and political design of the edited collections: Critical Perspectives on Dennis Brutus, Washington, DC: Three Continents Press, 1995 (with Patrick Colbert), Ken Saro-Wiwa: Writer and Activist, CO: Lynne Rienner, 1999 (with Aubrey McPhail) and Arthur Nortje: Poet and South African, Pretoria: University of South Africa P, 2005 (with Ross Tyner). He has published two monographs, one on Nigerian Literature (1990) and one on Scottish writer, William McIlvanney (Scottish Studies International 29 (Johannes Gutenberg U, 1999). His essays and interviews on South African, Scottish, Nigerian and Canadian literatures have appeared in Ariel (UCalgary), Research in African Literatures (Indiana U), College Literature (West Chester U), English in Africa (Rhodes U), Matatu: Journal for African Culture and Society (Amsterdam), Black American Literature Forum (Indiana State U), Twentieth Century Literature (Hofstra U), Revista Canaria de Estudios Ingleses (Universidad de la Laguna), Journal of the African Literature Association (Drexel U), and in Postcolonial African Writers (Greenwood P), The 1890s: An Encyclopedia of British Literature, Art and Culture (Garland P), Emerging Perspectives on Chinua Achebe (Africa World P), and The Prairies: Lost and Found (St. John's College P). Current editing and academic advising projects for Gale, and Columbia University Press.
       Craig has been teaching for twenty-seven years, twenty-four teaching English at Okanagan College. Resistant to the shallowness of capitalist models of education, Craig sees ownership of the process as central to a learner's success in education and in life.
       An avid motorcyclist, Craig's travelling companion is a dog-eared copy of The Travels of Jose Di.

Recent Projects:

1920s Seafaring Commutes by Scots Miners, Landscapers and Builders; Duncan: A Short Arduous Life

Recently Read:

Amsterdam Rampant (2014) by Neil Cocker; Missoula by Jon Krakauer (2015); The Big Seven (2015) by Jim Harrison; The Devil's Footprints (2007) by nobel laureate in waiting John Burnside; The Sympathizer (2015) by Viet Thanh Nguyen; Their Lips Talk of Mischief (2014) by Alan Warner, Crow Fair (2015) by Tom McGuane, A Decent Ride (2015) by Irvine Welsh, Submission (2017) by Michel Houellebecq.

Currently  Teaching:

Fall 2017: ENGL 100, 153, and 233; Winter 2018: ENGL 100, 151, and 212

What Students May Not Know:

Change is possible. Principles, rigour, and quality are constants.

Why I Teach:

"What he or she represents and how those ideas are represented to an audience - are always and ought to remain an organic part of an ongoing experience in society: of the poor, the disadvantaged, the voiceless, the unrepresented, the powerless." —Edward Said

"We must improve the shared conditions in which we live, of course, but vthe essential purpose of that will be in order to inhabit more fully the necessary and unalterable terms of our existence. Take away the avoidable injustices of some lives that we may humanly share in the unavoidable injustice that is in all our lives." —William McIlvanney.

Kevin McPherson 2014


Kevin's website
Forge and Easy Peasy
their biography
Our Teeth
SPACECRAFT PRESS
Silver Car Sessions
Interview with Gary Barwin at Jacket2
Why Poetry Sucks

Kevin McPherson (Kelowna and Vernon)

kevin mcpherson eckhoff does and loves writing vice versa teaching as several question marks? Who aren’t you? His own education? Because nascent traces of the indelible Mary Ellen Holland and indefatigable John Lent? Okanagan feels homeliest? He equals most recently today Forge poetry? Do you like some please literary journals like West Wind Review, Fact*Simile, Rampike and Open Letter? Is he trying his ink at short friction now? Can family be any beautifuller, with new-toddler joy planted/heliotropism in Armstrong, BC? A board of director as Caravan Farm Theatre’s Bill Miner Society at this chance, as well, will you know? Does he enjoy currently, this season, again, to judge the bpNichol chapbook award, smiling? Belief fills kevin’s playdoh with hope trusting language as mutable & meaningful in every its flavours and shapes and sounds? Of course!

Credentials:

MA (U of Calgary), BA (OUC)

Recent Projects:

Check out these poetry hoaxes: I hotwired The Time Machine by HG Wells, throwing its sentences into the everytime... the first installment is soon-soon-now as a chapbook from SPACECRAFT PRESS (2014). This past summer, I performed six improv-texts devised my Moez Surani, which involved shaving my noggin and sitting for 24 hours in Kensington’s Bellevue Park! Please feel free to write my hypothetical death and send to theirbiography@myself.com

Recently Read:

Injun by Jordan Abel & Janey’s Arcadia by Rachael Zolf

Currently Teaching:

Fall 2017: ENGL 100 and 116; Winter 2018: ENGL 126, 150, and 205

What Students May Not Know:

…or may not want to know! Look into my sole: I am not a very good zombie, and I am a worse vegetarian.

Why I Teach:

Sharing and community and empowerment and student loans and home-made and cookies!

Melanie Murray 2011 sized

For Your Tomorrow
Melanie's website

Melanie Murray (Retired)

“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” –William Wordsworth
      My literary career was launched in high school after I read John Galsworthy’s The Forsyte Saga. I studied at the University of New Brunswick, earning a B.A. in English, a B.Ed., and an M.A. (Canadian Literature). Drawn to the temperate climate and fruitful abundance of the Okanagan Valley, I settled in Kelowna in 1987 and began teaching English at Okanagan College. In 2011, I published my first book, For Your Tomorrow: the Way of an Unlikely Soldier. I feel fortunate to have the best of vocations: reading and discussing great literature while, assisting students to appreciate and express the beauty and power of words.

Credentials:

MA, B.Ed., BA (Honours, University of New Brunswick)

Recent Projects:

My book of creative nonfiction, Should Auld Acquaintance: Discovering the Woman Behind Robert Burns, will be published in January 2017.

Recently Read:

Stranger by David Bergen, The Wonder by Emma Donoghue, Serial Monogamy by Kate Taylo.

Currently Teaching:

Retired 2017

What Students May Not Know:

Sutherland Ave. is named after one of Kelowna's first mayors who is also on a branch of my Nova Scotia family tree.

Why I Teach:

Being a teacher allows me to be a perpetual student.

Terry Scarborough

Stoker Biography
Dracula's Epistolary Structure
Victorian Crime and Social Surveillance in Dickens and Doyle

Terry Scarborough (Kelowna)

Terry has been with Okanagan College since Fall, 2006. His broad literary interests and teaching experience led him to Okanagan College where he enjoys the personal nature of relatively small class sizes. A Gothic specialist, his interests also include medieval and renaissance literature, romanticism and Victorian culture and thought. His teaching philosophy is based in dialogue and he believes that a teacher is as much a student as every student is a teacher.
      Terry completed his undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Victoria where his research focused on Bram Stoker’s Dracula, late nineteenth-century psychology and the Victorian family. His recent research includes the Victorian city and representations of crime and narratives of urban exploration, specifically in the works of Dickens and Doyle. He has also completed projects dealing with the nature of revenge in the Victorian and Edwardian ghost story. Currently, he is working on a conference paper which deals with domestic violence and animal abuse in Victorian literature.
      Outside of teaching English, Terry is an avid musician and has played guitar, bass and drums in multiple Victoria bands. He recently scored and performed music for the documentaries kanadien and Strange Fruit and is currently working on an instrumental album.

Credentials:

MA, BA (University of Victoria)

Recent Projects:

  • Conference paper: "'Open the window then!': Filmic Interpretation of Brian Mills's The Hound of the Baskervilles." Presented at the University of Hull, UK. (Published in The Baker Street Journal).
  • Review: Proposal for Frances Marryat's The Blood of the Vampire, Broadview Press. 
  • Soundtrack: Marc Arellano's Strange Fruit.
  • Conference paper: "'I shall be my own police': Literary Reflections of Victorian Crime and Social Surveillance in Dickens and Doyle." (Presented at Simon Fraser Univeristy's "Interdisciplinary Themes" and published in Interdisciplinary Themes Journal).
  • Instructor's Manual and exam materials: The Empowered Writer, Oxford University Press. 
  • “‘Who is this who is coming?’: Nationhood and Invasion in M.R. James.” Presented at Northumbria University, UK.
  • "'If you don't come to me, I'll come to you': Primal Injury and Revenge in the Ghost Stories of M.R. James." (Presented at 1st Global Conference: Revenge, Mansfield College, Oxford U.K. and and published as a chapter in Best Served Cold: Studies in Revenge).
  • "'Open the window then!’: Filmic Interpretation of Brian Mills’s The Hound of the Baskervilles.” The Cultural Afterlives of Sherlock Holmes and Arthur Conan Doyle: Representations Across the Media (Palgrave UK, 2012).
  • I also recently delivered a conference paper on British tele-visual adaptations of M.R. James’s ghost stories at Northumbria University (UK).
  • In the Spring of 2012, I presented at the Bram Stoker Centenary Conference: Gothic Transformations. The paper is based on research I conducted for my Master’s thesis. This event was the most important scholarly activity of my life, as I met and conversed with some of the most important scholars of Gothic studies on the planet, not to mention a multitude of newcomers to the field.

Recently Read:

Stephen Greenblatt’s The Swerve.

Currently Teaching:

Fall 2017: ENGL 100, 153, and 211; Winter 2018: ENGL 100 and 221

What Students May Not Know:

I’ve lost count of the bones I’ve broken.

Why I Teach:

I enjoy discussing new and changing perspectives on our world, especially those reflected in literature and film.

Tim Walters

Dissertation extract and excerpt
Review of "America (The Book)"
"Reconsidering The Idiots ..."

Tim Walters (Salmon Arm)

Tim was raised in Middlesbrough, a failing industrial town in the North East of England, and moved to Canada during the 'difficult' teenage years, a transition from which he has never fully recovered, and which in part explains his peculiar accent. He was educated at McMaster University in Hamilton, a failing industrial town in Southern Ontario, where he received an Honours BA in English and Minor in Psychology (1997), an MA in English (1998), and a PhD in English and Cultural Studies (2004). Tim taught a variety of Literature, Film, and Cultural Studies courses at McMaster and the University of Guelph before moving to Salmon Arm, a town that is neither failing nor industrial, in 2006.
      At some point in the past decade, Tim became enamoured of the (admittedly strange and perhaps naive) idea that discussing books, films, and cultural theory with students could help make the world a more tolerable place, and so tries to teach accordingly. His primary areas of interest are contemporary British and American fiction, film, and cultural theory, and he has published and/or presented papers on: Vladimir Nabokov, Julian Barnes, Canadian juvenilia, Brett Easton Ellis, Lars von Trier and the dogme95 manifesto, Chuck Palahniuk and Slavoj Zizek, subversive cinema, and Ward Churchill and the 9/11 controversy.
      After two years serving as the President of the OCFA (Okanagan College Faculty Association), he is taking a leave to work on a book length study of the complex and perverse relationship between football and late-captitalism, tentatively titled Poetry at Auschwitz: Globalization and the Beautiful Game. When in Salmon Arm, Tim is a member of the Eco-Committee, Campus Life Committee, College football team, and is the organizer of "College Nights at the Classic," a weekly film series at the Salmar Classic theatre.

Credentials:

Ph.D., MA, Hon BA - English and Cultural Studies (McMaster)

Recent Projects:

This summer I gave a talk called "The Good Terror: Fight Club as Žižekian Act-ion Film" at the Popular Culture Association Conference in Boston. I'm presenting a section of my forthcoming book on football at the Football and Communities Conference in Sydney, Australia, in February 2013.

Recently Read:

Rising Up and Rising Down: Some Thoughts on Violence, Freedom, and Urgent Means by William Vollman, Football in Sun and Shadow by Eduardo Galleano, Deep Green Resistance by Derrick Jensen, Aric McBay, and Lierre Keith, and Living in the End Times by Slavoj Zizek.

Currently Teaching:

Fall 2017: ENGL 151; Winter 2018: ENGL 153 and 295

What Students May Not Know:

As an experiment, for the last two years I wore exactly the same outfit every day. I care more about the fate of Middlesbrough Football Club than any other person in the Okanagan valley. And I like cats.

Why I Teach:

Because when I was an undergrad I realized that I liked lounging around talking about books and films more than doing just about anything else, and I've yet to find anyone who'll pay me to do that in a pub.