News and Events
Okanagan College presents: G’morning Poetry: A Late Night Humour Talk Show Live
Friday, February 7th, 8:00 pm
The Streaming Café (596 Leon Avenue, Kelowna)
What is a G’morning Poetry? Well, it is a free-for-all-ages half-scripted, half-improv Johnny Carson-style literary rumpus of goofs, games, and gaffes hosted by Okanagan College instructor kevin mcpherson eckhoff, with his bestfriend and fellow instructor/poet Jake Kennedy as a boyish Eddy McMahon, PhD.
The show takes place Friday, Feb. 7, 8-9:30 p.m. at The Streaming Café.
The first episode welcomes a trifle of guests. The Alphabet-as-eight-year-old will be in-studio to answer questions about its lettersounds and to deliver one-liners about orthography and homonyms!
Local stand-up comic Nick Abrey will be punctuating the interviews and interactiveness with infomercials advertising all manner of literary ’pataphernalia. The evening’s most esteemed guessed, Sharon Thesen, will literally sit on the couch to discuss her spurations, inspirations and outspurations, as well as read a selection of her poetry.
And finally, the credits will roll to the acoustic melodies of West Kelowna musician, Bjorn Kriel, whose four-piece band, Bear Meets World, is set to rocket the following night at Fernando’s Pub.
And if you’re expecting to participate in such games like “Metaphor That Guess” and “Poet’s Breath Impersonations” in order to win such prizes as a copy of The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy inscribed to a stranger or a slightly used can of Alphaghetti®, then you’re in g’luck!
Admission costs zero dollars, but seating is limited to approximately the first 50 poetry-loving show-uppers. Doors open at noon! Out-of-luckers or out-of-towners can view the viralness via online streaming at Streamingcafe.net and participate by live-Twitting all their comments, questions, one-liners, and spoiler alerts to @Gmorningpoetry!
And if you miss this episode, the next one hits the stream on April 4, 2014, and will feature outtatown poets Jordan Abel and Claire Lacey!
For information about this event, please squeeze electronic words from your digital typing device to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brenda Schmidt's Flight Calls Nominated for a Saskatchewan Book Award!
Schmidt's Flights Calls, a book of meditations on landscape and the way human consciousness experiences landscape, was written during her stint as the Mackie Lake House Writer-in-Residence in 2012. The book was published by Okanagan College's very own Kalamalka Press, run by English professor Jason Dewinetz.
Schmidt's book is among only six titles to score a nomination in the non-fiction category. See the shortlist here.
Alexander MacLeod visits Okanagan College
Alexander MacLeod, author of the Giller Prize-nominated short story collection Light Lifting, will be giving an informal talk from 12:00 – 1:00 pm on Thursday, October 18th, in Room E207 of the Centre for Learning Building on the Kelowna campus of Okanagan College. He will also be appearing at 7:00 pm on October 18th at the Bohemian Café (524 Bernard Avenue, Kelowna). Admission to both events is free.
Terry Jordan named Mackie Lake House Writer in Residence
The Mackie Lake House Board and Okanagan College are proud to announce that Terry Jordan, acclaimed Canadian novelist, short story writer, play-write and film writer, will be the writer in residence at The Mackie House through September and October.
Jordan has just completed a year-long stint as writer in residence at The Winnipeg Public Library, and has been writer in residence at The Regina Public Library in 2010 and The Saskatoon Public Library in 2008. Jordan was the first Margaret Laurence Fellow at Trent University in 1996, and his award-winning plays, Reunion, Movie Dust and Close Your Eyes have been produced across the country.
His book of short stories, It’s A Hard Cow, won the Saskatchewan Book Award and was nominated for the Commonwealth Book Prize in 1994. His novel, Beneath That Starry Place, was published internationally and was nominated for two Saskatchewan Book Awards and the Chapters/Books in Canada First Novel Award in 1999. Jordan has written for the screen and is currently working on a radio play for the BBC in London. He has also just completed his second novel and is, among these other things, a singer-songwriter.
“I think Terry Jordan is a powerful and singular writer,” says John Lent, former Regional Dean of the Vernon Campus of Okanagan College. “When I first read It’s A Hard Cow, I was mesmerized by the muscle in his lyrical voice and his dark sense of humor. And his novel, Beneath That Starry Place, is one of the strongest Canadian novels published in the last fifteen years. It still haunts me. We’re so very lucky to have him here.”
Terry Jordan and his daughter Camille are from Saskatoon and will take up residence in The Mackie House early next week and live and work in the house until late October. “I’m so glad that Camille could come with Terry, “Lent said. “She is a wonderful young woman who is also talented and full of energy.” Camille will be attending Grade Seven classes at Kidston Elementary School while she is here. “We are so grateful to The School District and everyone involved at Kidston, especially Camille’s classmates and her teacher, for making Camille feel welcome here while her father is writing. Paddy Mackie would have loved that part of the residency.”
While Terry Jordan is here, he will be participating in some of the writing classes at Okanagan College, and will give a public reading the details of which will be announced soon. “You never know,” Lent laughed, “we might even be able to get him to play some music and sing.”
If anyone wishes to make further queries regarding Jordan’s writing residency, they are asked to get in touch with Christine Kashuba, Curator of The Mackie Lake House (250-545-1019) or Jane Lister, Regional Dean, Okanagan College (250-545-7291).
Grand Opening of "The Bunker"
Okanagan College's newly opened print shop houses an impressive collection of letterpress equipment, amounting to more than 50,000lbs of gear. The shop's first machine, a lovely little Pearl No.3, was donated by Canadian poet Gary Geddes, and was restored by students of the Diploma in Writing & Publishing (along with instructor Jason Dewinetz) during the 2010 academic year. Students in the Writing &Publishing program will have the exciting opportunity to work with the letterpress equipment to produce fine-press books with the prestigious Kalamalka Press as part of their classes.
Find more information about 'The Bunker' on the Kalamalka Press website.
Ryga 5 Hits Bookstore Shelves
Okanagan College's literary journal, Ryga: A Journal of Provocations, has just published its latest issue. Issue 5 includes fiction, poetry, and drama from six acclaimed writers, including Tim Bowling and Erin Moure.
Students in the Writing & Publishing program worked with Editors Sean Johnston and Corinna Chong to edit and compile the issue.
Issues can be purchased through the Ryga website or at your local independent bookstore.