Enderby arts council hosts reading by Vernon writers

Award winning author and poet Laisha Rosnau and poet Michelle Doege will read from their recent works and talk about the writing process.

Two Vernon scribes are about to share words with their Enderby neighbours – all in the name of poetry.

Presented by the Enderby and District Arts Council, award winning author and poet Laisha Rosnau and poet Michelle Doege will read from their recent works and talk about the writing process and paths to publishing, Friday, Oct. 17 at the Enderby Drill Hall.

A new resident of the Okanagan, poet, writer and educator Doege recently left full-time teaching in London, Ont. to move to Vernon with her partner and commit herself to full-time writing.

“(I am looking) forward to nurturing and participating in the already thriving literary and arts community here,” she said.

As an educator, Doege has taught writing, literature and gender and diversity studies at colleges in both her native U.S. and Canada.

Currently enrolled in a master’s program at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minn., Doege is working on a series of poems about her great love of wood, and lumber, and building, and fine-working; the ancient connection to the land in her Germanic and Celtic roots; and the difficulty in now facing the source of that wood and lumber – on logging trucks or driving through or flying over clear-cut forests in B.C.

Many of her poems are grounded in nature, women’s stories, consumption and consumerism, and the deep celebration of life and honouring of death.

Doege’s writing has appeared in various humble publications in both the U.S. and Canada.

This year has been a busy one for Rosnau, who has been giving readings around the country on the release of her third book of poetry, Pluck, launched in the spring.

This latest collection takes on issues of sexuality, female vulnerability and parenthood with delicacy and intent. Rosnau often uses animal imagery to expose the primal innocence or ferocity of human nature, both of which emerge particularly in rural settings.

Pluck follows Rosnau’s other collections of poetry, Notes on Leaving, which won the Acorn-Plantos People’s Poetry Award, as well as Lousy Explorers.

Her debut novel, The Sudden Weight of Snow, published in 2002 by McClelland and Stewart, was a national bestseller and an honourable mention for the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award.

Rosnau is working on a second novel and continues to live in Coldstream, where she and her family are resident caretakers of Bishop Wild Bird Sanctuary.

In honour of National Novel Writing Month, Rosnau will also be at the Caetani Cultural Centre in November for a month-long weekend series on how to write a novel.  (For information or to register, visit www.caetaniculturalcentre.org.)

Admission to Friday’s reading at the Enderby Drill Hall (Highway 97A south) is by donation. It starts at 7 p.m. and refreshments will be available. For more information, call (250) 838-0626.

 

Just Posted

Meet Vernon’s newest homeless outreach team

The Vernon Homeless Outreach Team makes its first formal appearance Aug. 28 at Upper Room Mission

Vernon Pizza Huts raise dough for diabetes research

Vernon Pizza Hut locations raised more than $3,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Downstairs renter of torched Vernon home a British Army veteran, new Canadian

Owen Wilson was just beginning to settle into life in Canada when the blaze occurred

Smiles all around at O’Keefe Ranch’s Family Fun Day

Family Fun Day took place Aug. 18. at the historic O’Keefe Ranch

Thousands cycle to conquer cancer

Vernon residents among participants in the 11th annual Ride to Conquer Cancer on Aug. 24

VIDEO: B.C. Mountie killed by drunk driver honoured by memorial playground

Sarah Beckett Memorial Playground opens with ceremony in Langford

B.C. RCMP plane chases fleeing helicopter as part of major cross-border drug bust

The helicopter eventually landed at a rural property near Chilliwack

PHOTOS: Brazil military begins operations to fight Amazon fires

Amazon fires have become a global issue, escalating tensions between Brazil and European countries

Racist confrontation in Richmond parking lot caught on camera

Woman can be heard yelling racial slurs, swear words at woman in apparent parking dispute

Okanagan Nation bringing overdose awareness to Syilx Okanagan communities

The Purple Ribbon Campaign for International Overdose Awareness Day is Aug. 28

Groups ready campaign to help young voters identify ‘fake news’ in election

The media literacy campaign to focus on identifying misinformation and suspicious sources online

Big rally in northern B.C. draws attention to continuing lumber crisis

Mayor Joan Atkinson says about 400 workers have been directly affected by the closure of the Canfor mill

Orangeville Northmen take Minto Cup at Langley Events Centre

Swept best-of-five series 3-0 over Victoria Shamrocks

Expanded support to help B.C. youth from care attend university still falling short

Inadequate support, limited awareness and eligibility restrictions some of the existing challenges

Most Read