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. I’ve also been working on a longer piece about Don DeLillo which is informed by archival research I conducted at the Harry Ransom Center for the Humanities at the University of Texas.

Recently Read:

Lots of spy fiction (the subject of ENGL 213), including classics like Maugham’s Ashenden and Buchan’s The Thirty-Nine Steps as well as more contemporary fare like Richard House’s epic The Kills.

Currently Teaching:

Fall 2014: ENGL 213 & ENGL 233

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...

J Beaulne 2012

KIdsWWwrite
Red Dot Players
Okanagan College Speakers Series

Jeremy Beaulne (Penticton, on Leave  Fall 2014 - Winter 2015)

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.

Credentials:

MA, BA (UBC)

Recent Projects:

His recent projects include directing Jeffrey Hatcher's adaptation of Nikolai Gogol's The Government Inspector, the fourth production of Okanagan College's Red Dot Players; web editing KIdsWWwrite, an online journal featuring poetry and prose by young writers from all over the world; and promoting the Okanagan College Speakers Series, a free lecture series at the Penticton campus of Okanagan College.

Recently Read:

Happy Days by Samuel Beckett and N0S4A2 by Joe Hill

Currently Teaching:

[On leave.]

What Students May Not Know:

I 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, Interdisciplinary Studies Department Chair (Kelowna)

I recently earned my PhD from the University of Alberta in the English and Film Studies department. Right now I'm working on writing a radically new eco-philosophy for Northern BC. I'm reading as much Gilles Deleuze as my addled mind can absorb, and dreaming of pine beetles burrowing their coniferous highways from BC to Kafka. Believe it or not, I love this project, which was also my doctoral dissertation. Students might hear about pine beetles and Deleuze in my class: don't worry, there will be no entomology on the exam.
      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:

I am working on a study of feminist resistance movements. I'm also interested in the ways the province of BC uses the rhetoric of procreation and families to justify incursions into indigenous territory and resource exploitation.

Recently Read:

Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide by Andrea Smith; Borderlands/ La Frontera: The New Mestiza by Gloria Anzaldua; The Minimum Security Chronicles by Stephanie McMillan. Still reading Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty.

Currently Teaching:

Fall 2014: Nature Writing, ENGL 237; Winter 2015: Short Fiction and the Novel, ENGL 151 (this course will include zombie and other nearly-human narratives . . . )

What Students May Not Know:

I'm good with a speed rope.

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.

Hannah Calder

Hannah Calder (Kelowna 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. In fact, Hannah is partial to anything written pre-20th century, finding great joy in making connections between “people back then” and “people today."
      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.
      Hannah and her family moved to Vernon in August 2012 – their seventh move in three years! They are eagerly awaiting the arrival of pets, a vegetable garden and a car that doesn’t have its “check engine” light permanently on.

Credentials:

MA, BA (Simon Fraser University)

Recent Projects:

Novel.

Recently Read:

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert, Music For Torching by A.M. Holmes, If You Want to Write: a Book about Art, Independence and Spirit by Brenda Ueland.

Currently Teaching:

Fall 2014: ENGL 100 (3 sections) & ENGL 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)

A childhood obsession with Roald Dahl books inspired Corinna to become a writer. She studied photography and fiction writing at the University of Calgary, earning degrees in both Visual Art and English. After a stint as a Graphic Designer and a few backpacking adventures around China, South Korea, India, and Nepal, she spent a couple of years in the Maritimes at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, where she received her master's degree in English and creative writing, edited and designed for a number of literary projects, and conducted social research on broadband video technology with the National Research Council. She is deeply in love with Canadian literature and fascinated by Asian-Canadian perspectives. This year, she will take part in the annual literASIAN festival of Asian Canadian writing in Vancouver.

Credentials:

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

Recent Projects:

"Porcelain Legs," a short story, published by Ricepaper magazine; the seventh issue of Ryga: A Journal of Provocations; Belinda's Rings (a novel, published by NeWest Press in Spring 2013)

Recently Read:

The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O'Neill; The Age by Nancy Lee; The Collected Stories of Grace Paley; Wood by Jennica Harper; How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun? by Doretta Lau

Currently Teaching:

Fall 2014: ENGL 100 (University Writing), ENGL 116 (Intro to Creative Writing I), & ENGL 204 (Applied English Studies I); Winter 2014: ENGL 153 (Narrative), ENGL 126 (Intro to Creative Writing II), and ENGL 205 (Applied English Studies II)

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


Moving to the Clear
Clench
Alcuin Awards

Jason Dewinetz (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. In 2008 he was invited to present a talk on Fine Press Publishing in Western Canada to the National Arts Club in New York, and in 2009 he undertook a research fellowship and speaking engagement at the Newberry Library in Chicago. More recently, he undertook a month-long research trip to Holland, where he visited over a dozen archives and special collections libraries towards a bibliography of the work of typographer and type designer Jan van Krimpen.
      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 up the new letterpress print shop at the OC Kal Campus, known as "The Bunker." Check it out here. Jason's most recent project with Greenboathouse Press was a limited edition of Michael Ondaatje's long poem Tin Roof, which received an Alcuin Award for Excellence in Book Design for 2013.

Recently Read:

RRe-reading all of Jake Kennedy's stuff), my favourite Canadian poet (see Jake's faculty profile below. Also a bunch of typography books.

Currently Teaching:

Fall 2014: ENGL/FINA170; ENGL 204; ENGL 206; FINA 201; Winter 2015: ENGL/FINA170; ENGL 205; ENGL 207; FINA 202.

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 open and explore.

Kerry Trevelyan

(kerplnk)
'Who Lies Beautifully': The Kalamalka Anthology

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 undertook her Master's in Creative Writing at Griffith University, in Australia, for which she received academic excellence.
      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. 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 have been working on a second verse novel and a screen play.

Recently Read:

John Lent's The Path to Ardroe and Frances Greenslade's Shelter.

Currently Teaching:

Fall 2014: ENGL 100 & 116; Winter 2014: ENGL 126 & 210

What Students May Not Know:

I did my first two years of University at Okanagan University College.

Why I Teach:

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

Francie Greenslade 2012

Bukowski Agency
By the Secret Ladder
A Pilgrim in Ireland
Saskatchewan Book Award
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:

Shelter, a novel, was published in Canada by Random House in summer 2011. I'm currently working on revisions to a new novel called Sing a Worried Song, set in rural Manitoba i.

n the 1960s

Recently Read:

An advance copy of All True Not a Lie in It by Alix Hawley. Lucky me!

Currently Teaching:

Fall 2014: ENGL 100 & 116; Winter 2015: ENGL 100, 126, & 153

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 Harrison holds a B.A. and M.A. in English Literature at University of Victoria, and studied towards her interdisciplinary Ph.D. at the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of York, U.K. While pursuing doctoral studies at the U of York she also completed specialist instruction in medieval manuscript codicology and palaeography. Her research explores 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.
      Before moving to England to begin her Ph.D., she taught full-time at Vancouver Island University in the Department of English. Shona joined the faculty at UBC Okanagan in January 2008 and continues to teach there. Shona joined Okanagan College in September 2010. In the past she 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:

Creating a diplomatic transcription of a unique text found in late medieval manuscript BL Cotton Caligula A.ii.

Recently Read:

Diamant, Anita. The Red Tent; Findley, Timothy. Pilgrim; Kowaleski, Maranne and PJP Goldberg, eds. Medieval Domesticity.

Currently Teaching:

Fall 2014: ENGL 100, 153, & 211; Winter 2015: ENGL 100, 151, & 221

What Students May Not Know:

I own a gorgeous Thoroughbred horse and spend a lot of my spare time galloping in the orchards and flying over jumps.

Why I Teach:

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

AlixHawley

All True Not a Lie In It
Alix's website

Alix Hawley (Kelowna, On Leave Fall 2014 - Winter 2015)

"Let a man get up and say, 'Behold, this is the truth,' and instantly I perceive a sandy cat filching a piece of fish in the background. Look, you have forgotten the cat, I say." — Virginia Woolf, The Waves
      Alix Hawley grew up in Kelowna and completed her Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in English Literature, with a minor in nineteenth-century interdisciplinary studies, at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. She went on to Oxford University, where she completed a Master of Studies in Research Methods in English and a Doctor of Philosophy degree; her doctoral thesis discusses Virginia Woolf and her family juvenilia in the context of late-Victorian children's culture.
      In England, she also received an M.A. in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. Her interests include writing by and for children, as well as nineteenth-century and early Modern fiction and poetry. She enjoys teaching both literature and creative writing, especially helping students to see further into texts and to improve their writing skills.

Credentials:

D.Phil., M.St. (Oxford), MA (East Anglia), BA (Honours, UBC)

Recent Projects:

All True Not a Lie In It, a novel, out with Knopf / Random House Canada in February 2015.

Recently Read:

Colm Toibin's Nora Webster, Zadie Smith's On Beauty, Hilary Mantel's Beyond Black

Currently Teaching:

[On leave.]

What Students May Not Know:

Burtch Road in Kelowna is named after my great-grandfather. I have hopes of an Alix Hawley Boulevard.

Why I Teach:

Talking about books and writing is a great pleasure.

 

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:

Joseph Boyden’s The Orenda, Harsha Walia’s Undoing Border Imperialism, and a set of unnecessarily complicated instructions for how to use an xbox with a telus tv thingy so your child can be amused while the provincial government seeks to destroy public education in BC.

Currently Teaching:

Fall 2014: ENGL 100 & 150; Winter 2014: ENGL 153 & 222 (both of which are fantastic courses that everyone should register for! please.)

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, on Leave Fall 2014)

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 2014: [On leave.]; Winter 2015: ENGL 100 & 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 2014: ENGL 116 & 151; Winter 2015: ENGL 126, 150, & 312

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 (Vernon)

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 the upcoming Journey Prize Anthology
  • working on a short story collection
  • working on a four-textbook series for Pearson Longman Hong Kong

Recently Read:

Dear Life, Alice Munro; Indian Horse, Richard Wagamese; Cockroach, Rawi Hage; All That Is, James Salter

Currently Teaching:

Fall 2014: ENGL 100, 209, & 223; Winter 2014: ENGL 100 & 153

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.

Craig McLuckie 2014


'Who Lies Beautifully': The Kalamalka Anthology
Dennis Brutus
Ken Saro-Wiwa
William McIlvanney
             The Literary Encyclopedia: 
            Wole Soyinka
Athol Fugard
Greg Simison
Dennis Cooley
The Kailyard School
Burnside, "A Poet's Polemic"

Craig McLuckie (Vernon)

(Seconded as Associate Dean, Arts and Foundational Programs)

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 (Graland P),  Emerging Perspectives on Chinua Achebe (Africa World P), and The Prairies: Lost and Found (St. John's College P).
      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.
      With Jim Hamilton, John Lent, and Ross Tyner, Craig is a founding member of the Kalamalka Institute for Working Writers (kalwriters.com). 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.

Recently Read:

Billy Lynn's Long Half-Time Walk (2012) by Ben Fountain; Amsterdam Rampant (2014) by Neil Cocker; and the stunning The Beast: Riding the Rails and Dodging Narcos on the Migrant Trail (2013) by Óscar Martínez.

Currently  Teaching:

ENGL 213: British Literature

What Students May Not Know:

The import of allahcrity.

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 (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 2014: ENGL 150, 116; Winter 2014: ENGL 216 & 151

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 (Kelowna)

“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:

I am writing a book of creative nonfiction about Jean Armour.

Recently Read:

The Bear by Claire Cameron, Footsteps: Adventures of a Romantic Biographer by Richard Holmes, Leonard Cohen on Leonard Cohen: Interview and Encounters, ed. Jeff Burger

Currently Teaching:

Fall 2014: ENGL 100 & 150; Winter 2015: ENGL 100 & 219

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, on Leave Fall 2014 - Winter 2015)

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:

[On leave.]

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 and Distance Education)

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 2014: ENGL 100; Winter 2015: ENGL 151 & 215

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.

Steven Weber 2014

Steven Weber (Kelowna, Penticton, and Salmon Arm)

Steven Weber is a PhD candidate at the State University of New York at Albany where he is currently finishing his dissertation, A Transnational Postmodernism: North Africa as a Locus for Postmodern Fiction. He returns to BC after teaching for six years at SUNY Albany and subsequently living in Hoboken, New Jersey (birthplace of baseball and Frank Sinatra) for one year. His research focuses on postmodern literature that understands postmodernity as a problem of control—where mobility and mutability are not treated as tools of postmodern resistance, but as perfect avenues for control under the guise of liberation. His areas of interest include poststructural and postcolonial theory, postmodern literature, and francophone North African literature.

Credentials:

MA, BA (Simon Fraser University)

Recent Projects:

  • Arezki, Djamal. “The Origin of Shooting Stars.” “The First Eclipse.” “The Origin of Menstruation.” Trans. Steven Weber. Poems for the Millennium, Volume Four: The University of California Book of North African Literature. Eds. Pierre Joris and Habib Tengour. Berkeley: U of California Press, 2013. 339-340.
  • Frobenius, Leo. “Kabyle Origin Tale: ‘The World Tree and the Image of the Universe.’” Trans. Steven Weber. Poems for the Millennium, Volume Four: The University of California Book of North African Literature. Eds. Pierre Joris and Habib Tengour. Berkeley: U of California Press, 2013. 120.

Recently Read:

Morocco Bound: Disorienting America's Maghreb, from Casablanca to the Marrakech Express by Brian T. Edwards; Colonial Affairs: Bowles, Burroughs, and Chester Write Tangier by Greg A. Mullins; and Writing Tangier in the Postcolonial Transition: Space and Power in Expatriate and North African Literature by Michael K. Walonen.

Currently Teaching:

Fall 2014: ENGL 100 & ENGL 151; Winter 2015: ENGL 100 & ENGL 151

What Students May Not Know:

I volunteer at local humane societies, offering foster care to homeless cats and kittens.

Why I Teach:

Because investment in a liberal arts education is the best way to collectively improve our communities, provinces, and nation.