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Welcome John Vigna

Welcome John Vigna

The Creative Writing Program is delighted to welcome John Vigna as our first tenure-track Instructor starting July 1, 2017.  Born in Calgary, Alberta, Vigna has taught Creative and Professional Writing for sixteen years at numerous institutions, including Malaspina College (now Vancouver Island University), Douglas College, University of the Fraser Valley, and most recently as a […]

Alix Ohlin named new chair of creative writing program

Alix Ohlin named new chair of creative writing program

We’re delighted to welcome Alex Ohlin as the new chair of UBC Creative Writing, effective January 1, 2018. Born and raised in Montreal, Ohlin is an internationally renowned writer whose 2012 novel, Inside, was named a best book of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle, Amazon.ca, and iTunes Canada, and a finalist for the […]

Jordan Abel wins Griffin Prize for Poetry

Jordan Abel wins Griffin Prize for Poetry

Congratulations to Creative Writing MFA alumnus Jordan Abel, the winner of the 2017 Griffin Prize for Poetry. This $65,000 award is the world’s largest prize for a first edition single collection of poetry written in English. Jordan was awarded the prize for his collection, Injun, a work that probes issues of race and colonialism through the use of […]

Katherena Vermette wins $40,000 Amazon.ca First Novel Award

Katherena Vermette wins $40,000 Amazon.ca First Novel Award

Congratulations to Creative Writing MFA alumna Katherena Vermette, whose book The Break is the winner of this year’s Amazon.ca First Novel Award. This $40,000 annual prize celebrates debut Canadian novels. The Break tells the story of a Winnipeg neighbourhood in shock after a young Indigenous girl is sexually assaulted. The Break was featured in CBC’s Canada Reads […]