Vernon raised poet Patrick Lane

Vernon raised poet Patrick Lane

Vernon-raised poet to receive honorary degree

Patrick Lane will receive an honorary doctoral degree during upcoming convocation ceremonies at UBC Okanagan.

  • May. 26, 2013 11:00 a.m.

Internationally-acclaimed poet Patrick Lane will receive an honorary doctoral degree during upcoming convocation ceremonies at UBC’s Okanagan campus.

Lane, who grew up in Vernon, is a prolific writer with more than 27 books of poetry to his credit.

A Govenor-General award recipient for his poetry, Lane has also published a book of short stories, the novel Red Dog, Red Dog set in the Okanagan , and What the Stones Remember, a memoir about his battle with addiction.

His latest work, The Collected Poems of Patrick Lane, includes 400 poems written during a career spanning more than 50 years.

Lane, 73, will be presented with  his degree during the 3:30 p.m. convocation ceremony Thursday, June 6 at the UBCO’s Kelowna campus.

Also receiving an honorary degree is world-renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky.

Burtynsky is known for his uncanny ability to photograph the gritty reality of industrial landscapes in far-flung locations from southern Ontario to Italy, Bangladesh, China and Australia. His work is housed in more than 50 major museums.

Burtynsky, 58, will receive his honorary doctoral degree at the 8:30 a.m. ceremony June 7.