Author Reading Series

// 2024 //

April 2024 (Zoom)

Saturday, April 13, 2024, at 1:00 PM PST (Zoom)
Alicia Elliott + Brandi Bird
+ introducing Morrigan Bonegardener

Free! Register to attend (Zoom)

About the Authors…

Alicia Elliott is a Mohawk writer living in Brantford, Ontario. She has written for The Globe and Mail, CBC, Hazlitt and many others. She’s had essays nominated for National Magazine Awards for three straight years, winning Gold in 2017, and her short fiction was selected for Best American Short Stories 2018, Best Canadian Stories 2018, and Journey Prize Stories 30. She was chosen by Tanya Talaga as the 2018 recipient of the RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award. Her first book, A Mind Spread Out On The Ground, was a #1 national bestseller and was shortlisted for the Writers’ Trust Hilary Weston Prize for Nonfiction. Alicia’s second book, And Then She Fell, a novel that was published last fall, was also a national bestseller, and was a Globe and Mail and CBC Best Book of the Year.

Brandi Bird is an Indigiqueer Saulteaux, Cree and Métis writer from Treaty 1 territory. They currently live and learn on the land of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh & Musqueam peoples.
Their chapbook I Am Still Too Much was published by Rahila’s Ghost Press in Spring 2019. Their first full-length poetry collection The All + Flesh was published by House of Anansi Press in Fall 2023. Their work can also be found in Poetry is Dead, Catapult, Hazlitt, Brick Magazine and others.

Morrigan Bonegardener is a first-year creative writing student at Selkirk College in Castlegar, and a Queer, Transgender Woman whose writing style and voice reflect her lived experience. She lives with her husband, two dogs, cat, bird, and fish on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Sinixt Peoples. Two of her poems were recently published in the Black Bear Review and she was recently the recipient of Excellence Awards in Creative Writing and English, among other subjects.

May 2024 (Oxygen)

Workshops: Thursday, May 2, 2024 @ 10 AM + 1 PM ($50 ea.)
Event: Friday, May 3, 2024 @ 7 PM (Free!): Corinna Chong + Matt Rader w/Madeline Setzer (Student)
All held at Oxygen’s facility (#3-320 Vernon St., Nelson, BC)


Writing Against Perfectionism, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Revision w/Corinna Chong

1 Class: May 2, 2024
Thursday: 10am – 12pm

“Perfectionism means that you try desperately not to leave so much mess to clean up. But clutter and mess show us that life is being lived.”

            —Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

In this masterclass, Corinna Chong will share strategies for finding the joy in revision—a process that can be onerous and demoralizing for many writers. We’ll look at ways to curb “writer’s block” (a.k.a. perfectionism), constructive approaches to messy drafts, and creative prompts to feed an energizing revision process. Be sure to bring your pen, notebook, and messiest ideas! (Optional: Feel free to bring a fews pages of an existing draft (e.g., a story, novel excerpt, or poem) to work with.)

Fee: $50
Registration Deadline: April 25, 2024

Praise, Gratitude, & Loss: Writing Odes & Elegies in an Age of Crisis w/Matt Rader

1 Class: May 2, 2024
Thursday: 1pm – 3pm

How can we grieve the future while loving the present? How do we praise and mourn at the same time? In this workshop, poet Matt Rader will discuss the intimate relationship between songs of praise (odes) and songs of lament (elegies), how poets have structured this public work in the past, and how we might draw on these traditions to sing songs of our time. 

Fee: $50
Registration Deadline: April 25, 2024

Abut the Authors…

Corinna Chong‘s first novel, Belinda’s Rings, was published by NeWest Press in 2013, and her reviews and short fiction have appeared in magazines across Canada. The Whole Animal, a collection of short stories, was published by Arsenal Pulp Press in 2023, and includes “Kids in Kindergarten,” which won the 2021 CBC Short Story Prize, and “Love/Cream/Heat,” which was selected for The Best Canadian Stories 2024, published by Biblioasis. Bad Land, her second novel, will be released in Fall 2024 with Arsenal Pulp Press. Corinna lives in Kelowna, BC and teaches English, creative writing, and fine arts at Okanagan College.

Matt Rader is an award-winning author of six volumes of poetry, a collection of stories and a book of nonfiction. His most recent collection is Fine (2024). His previous book of poems, Ghosthawk (2021), was shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. He teaches Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia Okanagan and lives in Kelowna, BC.

Madeline Setzer, a multidisciplinary artist based in Nelson, BC, has seen her screenwriting featured on international platforms. Amidst her pursuit of a Psychology degree, she remains committed to refining her craft in creative writing through continued studies at Selkirk College.

~ past events ~

// 2023 //

Joshua Whitehead and Kaitlyn Purcell

Wednesday February 22nd, 6pm PST – Zoom

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Kathy Friedman and Erin Robinsong

Wednesday April 19, 2023, 4pm PST – Zoom

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Canisia Lubrin and Jessica Johns

Wednesday May 10, 4pm PST – Zoom *updated*

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Admission is free or by donation for all events. To donate, click here.


Wednesday 23 February 2022 @ 7pm PST

Tiziana La Melia and Fan Wu
+ student writers Stevie Rose Poling and Oshi Spring

Watch the recording here

Wednesday, 26 January 2022 @ 7:00pm PST

Aisha Sasha John
Alexei Perry Cox
+ student writers from Selkirk College, Andrew Wood + Gwen Higgins

Watch the recording here

23 November 2021 @ 7:00 PM PST

Tanya Lukin Linklater
Alasdair Rees
+ student writer Kathleen Cauley
Watch the recording here

Watch the recorded 2020/2021/2022 Author Reading Series videos online!

The Author Reading Series is generously supported by Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance.

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