English and Fine Arts Professor Corinna Chong enjoys a break in nature.
OC professor Corinna Chong national winner of CBC Short Story Prize

April 30, 2021

Corinna Chong has been named the winner of the 2021 CBC Short Story Prize, for her piece “Kids in Kindergarten.” “I’m thrilled to receive this incredible honour,” said Chong. “I was so impressed by the other four shortlisted stories that to hear mine was chosen as the winner was a total shock.” Writing by the Okanagan College professor has received renewed attention this week, after she was shortlisted in the prestigious competition. Her piece explores themes of pregnancy loss and the trials of conception, and how women often suffer silentl...

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Corinna Chong
OC professor Corinna Chong’s writing shortlisted for prestigious CBC Short Story Prize

April 27, 2021

Writing by an Okanagan College Writing professor is receiving national attention, after being shortlisted in the CBC Short Story Prize this week. Corinna Chong, who teaches in OC’s English Department, was among the five finalists named Wednesday in the prestigious writing competition. “Kids in Kindergarten” explores themes of pregnancy loss and the trials of conception. “I think that miscarriages, while incredibly common, remain a kind of taboo subject. It wasn't until I was trying to conceive that I began to hear so many stories of women,...

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Creative Writing Professor Kerry Gilbert stands in a field of flowers
Meet Kerry Gilbert, Creative Writing Professor

October 19, 2020

When did you know you had found your discipline?  When I took my first Creative Writing class with John Lent, at what was then Okanagan University College, I knew that I had found my ‘zing.’ Why did you choose to work at Okanagan College? I told John Lent, when I was a first year student, that I wanted to come back to take his job when he retired. What do you like the most about the work you do? I love to see student excitement and growth. Favourite teaching experience? My favourit...

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Inside The Bunker at the Vernon campus
OC Vernon open house offers a behind-the-scenes look at fine press printing

January 22, 2020

Have you ever wondered how books were printed 100 years ago? This month Okanagan College is kicking off a series of Open Houses at the Vernon Campus for creative individuals interested in writing and publishing careers. The College will open its doors on Jan. 31, Feb 28 and March 20 from 2 – 4 p.m. in Room E102 at 7000 College Way. Parking will be free. Participants can meet experienced faculty members, learn about how the program blends traditional and cutting-edge publishing techniques and tour the Okanagan College Print Shop, affectionat...

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Department of English and Fine Arts

Studying English at the post-secondary level isn’t all about Shakespeare and five-paragraph essays. It’s about learning to think critically and engage with the world as informed, rational, and skilled communicators. The Department of English and Fine Arts explores the ways that language and literature operate in our lives and communities, and how they ultimately shape our view of the world and our place within it. Our English faculty have diverse backgrounds with expertise and experiences that enrich the learning process. We are poets, novelists, scholars, playwrights, memoirists, artists, and designers, immersed in a range of research and creative interests outside of the classroom. 

Associate of Arts, English Emphasis

Diploma in Writing and Publishing

Courses

The Department of English offers an array of courses for students in various specialities: critical writing and reading, creative writing, literature, fine arts, publishing, and more.

Faculty and instructors

Dr. Sean Johnston

English - Chair
Office: Centre For Learning 419
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4672
English instructor Sean Johnston

I joined the English Department at Okanagan College in 2007. I teach literature and creative writing. My interests include contemporary short fiction, graphic novels, and experimental novels. My current projects are a novel called Outside Harris and a short story collection called Multiplicanda Ah Um.

Credentials:
PhD, English and Creative Writing, University of South Dakota
MA, English, University of New Brunswick
BJ, Carleton University

www.seanjohnston.ca

Jeremy Beaulne

English
Office: Sunoka Building C12B
Campus: Penticton
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 3225
Headshot of Jeremy Beaulne

I have been a member of the Okanagan College Department of English since 2008. I teach courses in literature, composition, film, and acting. My scholarly interests include eighteenth-century satire, Jane Austen, and pop culture.

I am also the artistic director of the Red Dot Players, a theatre troupe for Okanagan College students and employees. I have directed several productions for the Red Dot Players, including AKA Fangirl, a comedy I wrote about comic books and cosplay.

An avid traveller, my favourite destinations are London, New York, and Stratford, ON—home of the Stratford Festival.

Credentials:
MA, English, UBC

www.reddotplayers.com

Dr. Norah Bowman

Interdisciplinary Studies - Chair
Office: Lab Building 265
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4215
Interdisciplinary Studies instructor Norah Bowman

My recent research focuses on resource extraction on unceded Indigenous territory, feminist resistance movements, and quantum theory for social sciences and humanities.

Credentials:
PhD, English, University of Alberta
MA, English, University of Manitoba
BA Hons English, Okanagan University College

University of Toronto Press

Google Scholar Profile

Hannah Calder

Communications
Office: Centre For Learning 420
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 2237
English instructor Hannah Calder

I’ve been teaching in the English department at Okanagan College since 2012. I teach University Writing, Short Fiction and the Novel, Narrative, Creative Writing, and various second year literature classes. I am a published novelist and a budding filmmaker. Currently, I am working on my third novel and my first documentary film. I also write short stories, poems, and comics. At OC, I particularly value opportunities to work collaboratively with the scholars and artists in our community, whether they are students, faculty, or staff.

Credentials:
MA, English, Simon Fraser University

Corinna Chong

English
Office: Lab Building 272A
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4632
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I studied both Fine Arts and English at the University of Calgary, and specialized in photography and creative writing. I worked as a graphic designer, backpacked around India, China, and Nepal, and earned my Master’s degree in English and Creative Writing at the University of New Brunswick before finally landing in the Okanagan in 2011. My first novel, Belinda’s Rings, was published by NeWest Press in 2013. When I'm not teaching, I'm working on freelance design projects and chipping away at short stories.

Credentials:
MA, English, University of New Brunswick
BFA, Fine Arts, University of Calgary
BA, English, University of Calgary

www.corinnachong.com

Jason Dewinetz

English
Office: Main Building C347
Campus: Vernon
Phone: 250-545-7291 ext. 2324
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I primarily teach courses in the English Department's Diploma in Writing & Publishing, focusing on typography and graphic design, including letterpress printing in "The Bunker," OC's print shop. In addition to teaching I also run Greenboathouse Press, designing, printing and publishing fine-press editions of both literary and typographic texts, while also doing freelance design work for a variety of trade and fine-press publishers across Canada and the US. I am a current board member and past North American Chair of the Fine Press Book Association, and the author of a handful of books of poetry.

Credentials:
MA, English, University of Alberta
BA, English, University of Victoria

www.greenboathouse.com

Kerry Gilbert

English
Office: Main Building D328
Campus: Vernon
Phone: 250-545-7291 ext. 2277
English instructor Kerry Gilbert

I joined Okanagan College in 2003. I teach in the English Department—introductory writing, literature, and creative writing classes. I am an award winning writer myself, having published three books of poetry. When not teaching, I balance my time between parenting, writing and going on all kinds of back country adventures (skiing, hiking, biking, kayaking and canoeing).

Credentials:
MA, Creative Writing, Griffith University, Australia
BA, English, Malaspina University

www.kerrygilbert.ca

Dr. Aaron Giovannone

English
Office: Sunoka Building C12B
Campus: Penticton
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 3225
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Credentials:
PhD, English Literature and Creative Writing, University of Calgary

Frances Greenslade

English
Office: Ashnola Building 112
Campus: Penticton
Phone: 250-492-4305 ext. 3221
English instructor Frances Greenslade

I've taught English literature, composition and creative writing at the Penticton campus since 2005. Before turning to teaching, I wrote for TV Guide, trade magazines, non-profit organizations, and government. In my courses, I especially love to explore quest literature, about journeys and adventures. My first book, A Pilgrim in Ireland: A Quest for Home, was published by Penguin in 2002. By the Secret Ladder: A Mother's Initiation came out in 2007. In 2011, Shelter, a novel, was published by Random House, Canada. It has since been released in the US, UK and Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, and Italy (in translation.) A French translation is due soon. Red Fox Road, a novel for young readers, will be published by Penguin in fall 2020.

Credentials:
MFA, Creative Writing, University of British Columbia
BA, English, University of Winnipeg

www.francesgreenslade.com

Dr. Shona Harrison

English
Office: Centre For Learning 418
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4960
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I joined the English Department at Okanagan College in 2010.  My area of specialization focuses on late-medieval manuscripts, particularly household miscellanies.  I teach British Survey, Women, Children, Canadian, and Introductory Literature classes, as well as Composition at OC.  My current project is to publish a book based on my Old Kelowna Facebook page. When I am not busy with academics, I will be found at the barn flying over jumps with my lovely horse.

Credentials:
PhD, English, UBC
MA, English, UVic
BA, English and Women's Studies, UVic

Sasha Johnston

English
Office: Lab Building 169
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4270
Headshot of Sasha Johnston

Credentials:
MA, Interdisciplinary Studies, UBCO

Matt Kavanagh

English
Office: Centre For Learning 420
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4819

Jake Kennedy

English
Office: Lab Building 169
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4270
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Write your life using a maximum of 100 words. Now you only have 87 left. 86. 85 now, fool. Go, Jake. No? Okay--you are born in Woodstock, Ontario, in 1972. Your parents are Marilyn June Anderson and William George Kennedy. Your mother was and is a Yes and your father was and is a Hmm. The earliest telephone number you can remember is 826-3850. You once played t-ball, you once listened to the Doors, you once drew pictures of the sea, you once failed better on a history exam, you once slept in the grass. Now look at you.

Credentials:
MA, English, University of Calgary
BA, English, York University
V2, Bouldering, Gneiss Institute

Jeremy Lanaway

English
Office: Faculty Office 100
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 2214
Headshot of Jeremy Ianaway

I’ve taught English courses at Okanagan College; English and Creative Writing classes at high schools in Canada and Hong Kong; and advanced English grammar at an ESL college in Vancouver. In my free time, I write fiction and non-fiction, having published stories and articles in journals and magazines in Canada, the United States, Hong Kong and the UK. I also work as a freelance writer / editor for Pearson Hong Kong, Canada and UK, which has enabled me to author, co-author and edit dozens of English Language Teaching textbooks. I live in Vernon with my wife and two daughters.

Credentials:
MFA, Creative Writing, University of British Columbia
BA, Creative Writing and English Literature, University of British Columbia
B.Ed, Secondary English, University of British Columbia

Craig McLuckie

English
Office: Main Building C323
Campus: Vernon
Phone: 250-545-7291 ext. 2269
English instructor Craig McLuckie

I am a College Professor in English. I was raised in South Africa, Canada, Europe, and Scotland. My scholarly work reflects commitment to the teaching and learner-centred mandate of Okanagan College, especially in its polyphonic design. Critical Perspectives on Dennis Brutus, Ken Saro-Wiwa: Writer and Activist, and Arthur Nortje: Poet and South African, and work on Nigerian Literature, William McIlvanney, and essays appear internationally in peer reviewed journals. I have taught 1st - 4th year classes. Resistant to shallow capitalist models of education, I see ownership of the process as central to a learner's success in education and life.

Credentials:
MA, English, University of Alberta
BA (Hons), English, University of Alberta

Kevin McPherson

English
Office: Main Building D330
Campus: Vernon
Phone: 250-545-7291 ext. 2278
English - Kevin McPherson

kevin mcpherson sometimes adds "eckhoff" to his name, and writes the whole kablooey in lowercase because he's humble af. The Globe & Mail described his book—their biography (BookThug)—as “wide-ranging” and “incredibly playful.” His very-star bff is Jake Kennedy, #pooetry! He plays one of the lead characters in Sean Braune’s eventual feature film Nuptials. By day, kevin hangs around the OC; by night, he gets tucked into bed by a Laurel and two beastie boys.

Credentials:
MA, English, University of Calgary
BA, English, Okanagan University College

www.kevinmcphersoneckhoff.com

Krista Paquin

English
Office: Sunoka Building C13
Campus: Penticton
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4096
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Terry Scarborough

English
Office: Lab Building 281
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4798
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Timothy Walters

English
Office: Salmon Arm Building 116
Campus: Salmon Arm
Phone: 250-832-2126 ext. 8251
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Pierce, Adelene

Last Name
Pierce
First Name
Gwen
Preferred Name
Gwen
Department
English
Building
Lab Building
Campus
Kelowna
Phone Number
250-762-5445
Extension
4798
Unlisted
No
Email
apierce@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
281
Employee Group
INS
Active
Yes
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Paquin, Krista

Last Name
Paquin
First Name
Krista
Department
English
Building
Sunoka Building
Campus
Penticton
Phone Number
250-762-5445
Extension
4096
Unlisted
No
Email
kpaquin@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
C13
Employee Group
INS
Active
Yes
Headshot of Krista Paquin
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Giovannone, Aaron

Last Name
Giovannone
First Name
Aaron
Department
English
Building
Sunoka Building
Campus
Penticton
Phone Number
250-762-5445
Extension
3225
Unlisted
No
Email
agiovannone@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
C12B
Employee Group
INS
Active
Yes
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Credentials
PhD, English Literature and Creative Writing, University of Calgary
Salutation
Dr.

Fedoruk, Emily

Last Name
Fedoruk
First Name
Emily
Department
Interdisciplinary Studies
Building
Business Building
Campus
Kelowna
Phone Number
250-762-5445
Unlisted
No
Email
efedoruk@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
233
Employee Group
INS
Active
Yes
English instructor Emily Fedoruk
Bio

I joined Okanagan College in fall 2019 and have been teaching across English and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies. Anti-disciplinarity is a fundamental part of my teaching and scholarship, as well as my creative practice. My research engages the political economies of urbanism and the contemporary built environment, and I come to these questions with a background in poetics, contemporary art, critical theory, geography, and urban and suburban history.

Tags
Department Display
Interdisciplinary Studies
Search Exclude
No
Staff Phone Unlisted
No
Staff Office Unlisted
No

Calder, Hannah

Last Name
Calder
First Name
Hannah
Department
Communications
Building
Centre For Learning
Campus
Kelowna
Phone Number
250-762-5445
Extension
2237
Unlisted
No
Email
hcalder@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
420
Employee Group
INS
Active
Yes
English instructor Hannah Calder
Bio

I’ve been teaching in the English department at Okanagan College since 2012. I teach University Writing, Short Fiction and the Novel, Narrative, Creative Writing, and various second year literature classes. I am a published novelist and a budding filmmaker. Currently, I am working on my third novel and my first documentary film. I also write short stories, poems, and comics. At OC, I particularly value opportunities to work collaboratively with the scholars and artists in our community, whether they are students, faculty, or staff.

Tags
Credentials
MA, English, Simon Fraser University

Harrison, Shona

Last Name
Harrison
First Name
Shona
Department
English
Building
Centre For Learning
Campus
Kelowna
Phone Number
250-762-5445
Extension
4960
Unlisted
No
Email
sharrison@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
418
Employee Group
INS
Active
Yes
Harrison, Shona photo
Bio

I joined the English Department at Okanagan College in 2010.  My area of specialization focuses on late-medieval manuscripts, particularly household miscellanies.  I teach British Survey, Women, Children, Canadian, and Introductory Literature classes, as well as Composition at OC.  My current project is to publish a book based on my Old Kelowna Facebook page. When I am not busy with academics, I will be found at the barn flying over jumps with my lovely horse.

Tags
Credentials
PhD, English, UBC
MA, English, UVic
BA, English and Women's Studies, UVic
Salutation
Dr.
Search Exclude
No
Staff Phone Unlisted
No
Staff Office Unlisted
No

Lanaway, Jeremy

Last Name
Lanaway
First Name
Jeremy
Department
English
Building
Faculty Office
Campus
Kelowna
Phone Number
250-762-5445
Extension
2214
Unlisted
No
Email
jlanaway@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
100
Employee Group
INS
Active
Yes
Headshot of Jeremy Ianaway
Bio

I’ve taught English courses at Okanagan College; English and Creative Writing classes at high schools in Canada and Hong Kong; and advanced English grammar at an ESL college in Vancouver. In my free time, I write fiction and non-fiction, having published stories and articles in journals and magazines in Canada, the United States, Hong Kong and the UK. I also work as a freelance writer / editor for Pearson Hong Kong, Canada and UK, which has enabled me to author, co-author and edit dozens of English Language Teaching textbooks. I live in Vernon with my wife and two daughters.

Tags
Credentials
MFA, Creative Writing, University of British Columbia
BA, Creative Writing and English Literature, University of British Columbia
B.Ed, Secondary English, University of British Columbia

Chong, Corinna

Last Name
Chong
First Name
Corinna
Department
English
Building
Lab Building
Campus
Kelowna
Phone Number
250-762-5445
Extension
4632
Unlisted
No
Email
cschong@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
272A
Employee Group
INS
Active
Yes
Headshot of Corinna Chong
Bio

I studied both Fine Arts and English at the University of Calgary, and specialized in photography and creative writing. I worked as a graphic designer, backpacked around India, China, and Nepal, and earned my Master’s degree in English and Creative Writing at the University of New Brunswick before finally landing in the Okanagan in 2011. My first novel, Belinda’s Rings, was published by NeWest Press in 2013. When I'm not teaching, I'm working on freelance design projects and chipping away at short stories.

Tags
Credentials
MA, English, University of New Brunswick
BFA, Fine Arts, University of Calgary
BA, English, University of Calgary
Department Display
English
www.corinnachong.com

McPherson, Kevin

Last Name
McPherson
First Name
Kevin
Department
English
Building
Main Building
Campus
Vernon
Phone Number
250-545-7291
Extension
2278
Unlisted
No
Email
kmcpherson@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
D330
Employee Group
INS
Active
Yes
English - Kevin McPherson
Bio

kevin mcpherson sometimes adds "eckhoff" to his name, and writes the whole kablooey in lowercase because he's humble af. The Globe & Mail described his book—their biography (BookThug)—as “wide-ranging” and “incredibly playful.” His very-star bff is Jake Kennedy, #pooetry! He plays one of the lead characters in Sean Braune’s eventual feature film Nuptials. By day, kevin hangs around the OC; by night, he gets tucked into bed by a Laurel and two beastie boys.

Tags
Credentials
MA, English, University of Calgary
BA, English, Okanagan University College
www.kevinmcphersoneckhoff.com
Search Exclude
No

Bowman Broz, Norah

Last Name
Bowman
First Name
Norah
Department
Interdisciplinary Studies
Building
Lab Building
Campus
Kelowna
Phone Number
250-762-5445
Extension
4215
Unlisted
No
Email
nbowman@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
265
Employee Group
CHR
Active
Yes
Interdisciplinary Studies instructor Norah Bowman
Bio

My recent research focuses on resource extraction on unceded Indigenous territory, feminist resistance movements, and quantum theory for social sciences and humanities.

Credentials
PhD, English, University of Alberta
MA, English, University of Manitoba
BA Hons English, Okanagan University College
Salutation
Dr.
Department Display
Interdisciplinary Studies - Chair
University of Toronto Press Google Scholar Profile

Johnston, Sasha

Last Name
Johnston
First Name
Sasha
Department
English
Building
Lab Building
Campus
Kelowna
Phone Number
250-762-5445
Extension
4270
Unlisted
No
Email
sljohnston@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
169
Employee Group
INS
Active
Yes
Headshot of Sasha Johnston
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Credentials
MA, Interdisciplinary Studies, UBCO