Vertigo Voices

Unlike conventional poetry readings, the Vertigo Voices series is designed to unfold as a dialogue and discussion on the process of writing. Invited authors will explore their writing practice, and discuss other writers and books in order to reveal the context and circumstances that have informed their own work.

Gallery Vertigo

3001 - 31st Street (upstairs), Vernon, BC.
Readings begin at 7:30pm. Suggested donation of $3 to support Gallery.

Thursday, February 28 – Alix Hawley

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Alix Hawley studied English Literature and Creative Writing at Oxford University, the University of East Anglia, and the University of British Columbia. She published a story collection, The Old Familiar, with Thistledown Press in 2008. Three of her stories have recently won accolades from the CBC Canada Writes competition: "Tentcity" and "Jumbo" were runners-up for the Short Story Prize in 2012 and 2014, and "Pig For Oma" won first prize in the 2014 Bloodlines contest. Her first novel, All True Not a Lie in It, has just been released by Knopf as part of the New Face of Fiction Program in 2015. Alix resides in Kelowna, British Columbia, with her husband and two children.

Thursday, March 5 – Gillian Wigmore

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Gillian Wigmore is the author of three books of poems: soft geography (Caitlin Press, 2007), winner of the 2008 ReLit Award, Dirt of Ages (Nightwood, 2012), and Orient (Brick, 2014), as well as a novella, Grayling (Mother Tongue Publishing, 2014). Her work has been published in magazines, shortlisted for prizes and anthologized. She lives in Prince George, BC.

Monday, March 16 – Adam Lewis Schroeder

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Adam Lewis Schroeder’s fourth book of fiction, All Day Breakfast, will be released in early March by Douglas & McIntyre. Schroeder grew up in Vernon BC and completed an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia. In 2001 his short fiction collection Kingdom of Monkeys was shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Award. His novel Empress of Asia, published by Raincoast in 2006 and Thomas Dunne in the US in 2008, was a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and in Canada First Novel Award and was also selected by the Globe & Mail as one of the best books of the year. Douglas & McIntyre published his most recent novel, In the Fabled East, in Spring 2010; it was selected by as one of the best books of the year and was a finalist for the Commonwealth Regional Writers Prize. In addition, Adam is a columnist for CBC Radio One and a Creative Writing instructor at UBC Okanagan. He lives in Penticton BC with his wife and kids.

Student Reading Event

But wait, there’s more! The final reading of the series is a showcase of Okanagan College creative writing students, reading their work in the cafeteria at the Kal Campus. Admission absolutely free and all are welcome. Date TBA.

Previous Years' Voices

Vertigo Voices Fall 2014

Thursday, September 25: Derrick Stacey Denholm and Aaron Giovannone
Thursday, October 9: Karen Hoffman and Cornelia Hoogland
Friday, November 21: Vangie Bergum and Corinna Chong

Vertigo Voices Fall 2013

Thursday, October 24: Sean Johnston and kevin mcpherson eckhoff
Wednesday, November 6: Dennis E. Bolen and Adam Pottle
Sunday, November 17: Stephen Collis
Monday, November 25: Sandra Lynn Lynxleg and Force Field poets

Vertigo Voices Winter 2013

Thursday, March 14: Hannah Calder and Marita Dachsel
Tuesday, March 19: bill bissett
Monday, March 25: Ariel Gordon and Gillian Wigmore

Vertigo Voices Fall 2012

Friday, November 9: Nancy Lee and John Vigna
Thursday, November 22: Terry Jordan and Brenda Schmidt
Thursday, November 29: Nancy Holmes and Sonnet L'Abbé

Vertigo Voices Fall 2011

Friday, November 4: Erín Moure
Thursday, November 10: Matt Rader
Thursday, November 24: Harold Rhenisch

Vertigo Voices Winter 2011

Tuesday, March 8: Aurian Haller
Tuesday, March 15: Sarah de Leeuw

Vertigo Voices Fall 2010

Tuesday, November 9: kevin mcpherson eckhoff
Wednesday, November 17: Jake Kennedy
Wednesday, November 24: Jason Dewinetz
Wednesday, December 1: Okanagan College Student Reading

Vertigo Voices Winter 2010

Wednesday, March 13: Wendy Morton
Wednesday, March 24: Fiona Lam
Wednesday, March 31: Okanagan College Student Reading

Vertigo Voices Fall 2009

Thursday, November 19: Chris Hutchinson
Wednesday, November 25: Laisha Rosnau
Thursday, December 3: Gerald Hill
December 9: Okanagan College Student Reading

Vertigo Voices Winter 2009

Thursday, March 12: Jake Kennedy
Thursday, March 19: Michael V. Smith
Thursday, March 26: Sharon Thesen
April 16: Okanagan College Student Reading

Vertigo Voices Fall 2008

Thursday, October 23: Gaspereau: Paul Headrick & Sean Johnston
Wednesday, October 29: Mothertongue Publishing: Rocksalt Launch (tent.) Heidi Garnett, Karen Hofmann, Laisha Rosnau, Greg Simison and Pete Smith.
Friday, November 6: Coach House: Jordan Scott & Jan Currin
Wednesday, November 12: Thistledown: Alix Hawley & Nick Faragher

Vertigo Voices Winter 2008

Wednesday, February 6: Songwriter & Guitarist Ken Hamm
Wednesday, February 20: The Inimitable Alix Hawley
Wednesday, March 5: Susan Lent & John Lent, Poems and Songs
Wednesday, March 19: Creative Writing Students, English 126 and 216 Classes
Wednesday, March 26: Gary Geddes

Other 2008 Events for Writers:

Friday, February 14, Noon, Kalamalka Campus Lecture Theatre: Reading of The Ectasy of Rita Joe
Friday, February 14, 7:30pm, Kalamalka Campus Cafeteria: Slam Poet Extraordinaire: Shane Koyczan
Monday, February 25, 7:30pm, Kalamalka Campus Lecture Theatre: Kalamalka Press Book Launch: Undertow by Virginia Dansereau
Thursday, March 20, 7:30pm, Kalamalka Campus Lecture Theatre: Benefit Concert for Kalamalka Press, Award-Winning Songwriter with New CD, Ben Sures

Vertigo Voices Fall 2007

Wednesday, October 24: Jake Kennedy, Tim Walters & Kevin McPherson
Wednesday, November 7: Jason Dewinetz, Alix Hawley & Sean Johnston
Wednesday, November 21: Ken Belford & Robert Budde
Wednesday, December 5: English 116 Creative Writing Students

Vertigo Voices Fall 2006

Friday, October 20: Launch of Heidi Garnett's Phosphorus
Thursday, November 2: Chris MacMahen & Robert Kroetsch
Friday, November 17: Laisha Rosnau & Myrna Kostash
Friday, December 1: Excerpts from New Fiction: Kalamalka Centre's 3rd Year Creative Writing Class