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First Annual Sharon Thesen Lecture
November 19, 2020 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
John Lent will giving the first Annual Sharon Thesen lecture, taking us on a writer’s and teacher’s journey through the power and promise of modernism and the teaching of creative writing.
Title: Aspects of Poetics in Contemporary Fiction and Poetry: a practical logic of legacies, a working arc of continuance
Date: Thursday, November 19
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. (PST)
Location: Zoom. Register to receive the link to attend.
Sharon Thesen was the first full professor in the Department of Creative Studies and is now professor emerita here at UBC. She is also a renowned Canadian poet and editor. The Creative Writing program at UBC intends for the Sharon Thesen Lecture to acknowledge her contributions to British Columbian and Canadian literature and to the Creative Writing Program at UBC Okanagan. In her honour, a different writer each year will give a lecture that tackles key issues of contemporary writing, poetics and Canadian literature. By recording each lecture, we will create a wonderful resource of contemporary thinking by writers.
John Lent is a professional writer, editor and singer/songwriter who lives in Vernon, British Columbia. He has 11 books published: six volumes of poetry, one volume of short stories, two novels and a book of conversations about the writing life with the writer Robert Kroetsch. His latest book of poetry is A Matins Flywheel, which came out in 2019 with Thistledown Press. He has also edited 35 volumes of poetry, fiction and non-fiction for publication. He taught Creative Writing and Literature courses at Okanagan College for more than 30 years.