Writing the Future

Featuring three award-winning, Indigenous voices and UBC Creative Writing alumni.

On March 19, 2018, join us for this special event. Listen to a reading from each of these highly acclaimed authors, followed by a Q&A moderated by new Chair of the UBC Creative Writing Program, and acclaimed author, Alix Ohlin.

Afterwards, take this opportunity to meet the authors and network with your fellow alumni over drinks and canapes, with a chance to purchase their books using your alumni discount.

Featured Authors:

  • Eden Robinson
  • Katherena Vermette
  • Jordan Abel


  • Alix Ohlin

Event Details

Monday, March 19, 2018
Doors: 6:00pm
Program: 6:30-8pm
Reception: 8-9pm

Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre
6163 University Boulevard
Vancouver, BC – map

This event is open to all; there is no charge to attend, but advance registration is required.

To register, or for more information, please contact Leah Dullum at leah.dullum@ubc.ca


Alix Ohlin                                

Chair of Creative Writing Program and Associate Professor, University of British Columbia 

Acclaimed Canadian author Alix Ohlin is the new Chair of UBC’s creative writing program as well as an Associate Professor.

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 Scotiabank Giller and Rogers Writers’ Trust prizes. Ohlin has also published two collections of short stories and her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Walrus, and many other places.

Before coming to UBC, Ohlin taught at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania and in the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. Most recently, Ohlin taught at McGill University as the Mordecai Richler Writer-in-Residence for 2016-17.

Featured Authors

Jordan Abel. MFA’12

Jordan Abel is a Nisga’a writer from BC. Currently, he is pursuing a PhD at Simon Fraser University where his research concentrates on intergenerational trauma and Indigenous literature. Abel’s creative work has recently been anthologized in Best Canadian Poetry (Tightrope), The Land We Are: Artists and Writers Unsettle the Politics of Reconciliation (Arbiter Ring), and The New Concrete: Visual Poetry in the 21st Century (Hayword).  Abel is the author of The Place of Scraps (winner of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize), Un/inhabited, and Injun (winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize).

Eden Robinson. MFA’95          

Eden Robinson grew up with her older brother and younger sister in Haisla territory near Kitamaat Village, surrounded by the forests and mountains of the central coast of British Columbia. They were children of a mixed marriage–her father is Haisla and her mother, Heiltsuk. Eden eventually moved to Victoria to attend University where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Her first published story, “Traplines” (1991), was published in the literary magazine Prism International while she was in her last year of university. Encouraged by the early success of “Traplines,” she enrolled — and eventually graduated from — the prestigious master’s program in creative writing at the University of British Columbia.

Eden Robinson’s books have won her numerous awards and nominations, her first book, Traplines (1996), is a collection of three short stories and a novella. Eden’s first novel, Monkey Beach (2000), is set in Kitamaat and was praised nationally and internationally as the work of a powerful and original new literary voice. She also wrote a novel Blood Sports in 2006 and The Sasquatch at Home: Traditional Protocols & Modern Storytelling (2011) which provides insight into Robinson’s culture, early life and family. Most recently she released her latest novel, Son of A Trickster (2017), the first instalment of a planned trilogy.

Among her many awards, Robinson won the Writers’ Trust Fellowship 2017, worth $50,000. The award honours writers who demonstrate “exceptional creative ability and outstanding promise in their publications to date.”

Katherena Vermette. MFA’14 

Katherena Vermette is a Métis writer from Treaty One territory, the heart of the Métis nation, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Her first book, North End Love Songs, won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry. Her National Film Board documentary, this river, won the 2017 Canadian Screen Award for Best Short, and her novel, The Break, was a bestseller in Canada and won the 2017 Amazon.ca First Novel Award.

In 2015, Portage & Main published her children’s picture book series, The Seven Teachings Stories. She has been a proud member of the Indigenous Writers Collective since 2004, and holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. Current projects include new poetry and a young adult graphic novel series exploring Metis history, A Girl Called Echo.

Vermette lives with her family in a cranky old house within skipping distance of the temperamental Red River.

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