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Writers take note: John Lent is UBC Okanagan's writer-in-residence

John Lent is the UCBO 2020 writer-in-residence.
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February 12, 2020 - 4:00 PM

One of the Okanagan's best loved writers is the UBC Okanagan 2020 writer-in-residence.

John Lent, a Vernon-based author, editor, singer and songwriter will be on campus from March 9 to 26 working with students, faculty and the community in various writing and literary projects.

The writer-in-residence program promotes Canadian writing and literature to Okanagan residents and provides emerging writers an opportunity to get feedback on their creative work, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies professor Nancy Holmes said in a press release.

“Our definition of a great writer-in-residence is someone who has writing expertise and who loves to talk to emerging writers about their work,” Holmes, a creative writing instructor at UBCO, said. “John more than fits the bill.”

Lent, who taught creative writing and literature courses at Okanagan College for more than 30 years, has published 11 books and edited 35 volumes of poetry, fiction and non-fiction for publication.

While in residence, he will announce this year’s winners of the Okanagan Short Story Contest. Lent will also read and offer feedback on manuscripts from local writers. Writers of fiction or poetry are invited to submit manuscripts for review and feedback. Deadline for manuscripts is February 21. For details, go here.

Lent will hold the inaugural Sharon Thesen Lecture on Writing. The lecture — Aspects of Poetics in Contemporary Fiction and Poetry: a practical logic of legacies, a working arc of continuance — takes place on Thursday, March 19 at 7 p.m., in the University Theatre (ADM 026). This lecture is free and open to the public.

Thesen, a renowned Canadian poet and editor, was the first full professor in the department of creative studies and is now a UBC professor emerita.

As judge of this year’s Okanagan Short Story Contest, Lent will also announce the final winners. The four winning authors will host readings of their submissions on Thursday, March 25 at 7 p.m. at the Okanagan Regional Library, 1380 Ellis St., Kelowna.

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