Writer evokes a sense of place

Former Mackie Lake House writer-in-residence Gillian Wigmore is in Vernon for two events next week.

Prince George writer Gillian Wigmore is Vernon March 5 and 6 for the Vertigo Voices reading series at Gallery Vertigo and the OC @ OC event at Okanagan College's Vernon campus.

Prince George writer Gillian Wigmore is Vernon March 5 and 6 for the Vertigo Voices reading series at Gallery Vertigo and the OC @ OC event at Okanagan College's Vernon campus.

Vertigo Voices continues with a familiar voice to these parts, author/poet Gillian Wigmore.

The Prince George-based writer last visited the reading series at Gallery Vertigo in 2013, upon the release of her second book of poetry, Dirt of Ages.

She was also writer-in-residence at the Mackie Lake House in Coldstream in January, 2013.

Wigmore is back in Vernon next week with her third and latest book of poems, orient, published by Brick Books, and her new novella, Grayling, published by Mother Tongue in 2014.

She will not only read at Vertigo Voices, but will also give a seminar at Okanagan College’s Vernon campus for a new public event called OC @ OC.

“On Craft @ Okanagan College is a series of writing and publishing seminars that invites authors to discuss their composition processes, share their publishing experiences, and read from works in-progress,” said Okanagan College writing professor Kerry Gilbert.

Described as a “poet of place” whose works are “about the big picture,” Wigmore’s latest collection, orient, is composed mainly of three long poems.

There’s an extended meditation on the connection between man and fish, the lament of a big-souled cowboy poet looking up from rock bottom, and a historical envisioning of an intimate relationship between a pioneer and a powerful crone.

Wigmore is also the author of soft geography, published by Caitlin Press, which was nominated for the Dorothy Livesay award and won the 2008 Relit award.

Her novella, Grayling was a finalist for the First Great B.C. Novel Contest.

Her work has also been published in magazines and anthologies.

Wigmore gives her reading at Vertigo Voices in Gallery Vertigo, #1-3001 31st. St., downtown Vernon, Thursday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. and admission is by donation.

The OC @ OC event takes place Friday, March 6 and is open to all Okanagan College staff/students as well as the general public. It takes place in Okanagan College Vernon campus, room D212, from 2:30 to 3:50 p.m.

There is no cost for this event.