Queers in Winter with Oliver Baez Bendorf, Michael V. Smith and Hazel Jane Plante (on Zoom)

Wednesday January 25, 2023
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Join us for a sparkling evening of beautiful queer words from three very exciting writers. They’ll share their latest work, both sharp and tender—it’s a big dose of queer love that should help all of us get through this gritty part of winter.

This event kicks off Oliver Baez Bendorf’s virtual residence at the UBC School of Creative Writing. We’re delighted to present this public reading, along with beloved locals Michael V. Smith and Hazel Jane Plante.

This event is hosted by Professor Sarah Leavitt.

Queers in Winter is a free event and open to the public. Registration is required to attend. Please register by clicking the link below.

Speaker Biographies

Oliver Baez Bendorf is the author of three books of poetry, most recently Consider the Rooster, forthcoming from Nightboat Books in 2024, and Advantages of Being Evergreen and The Spectral Wilderness. He has received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and The Publishing Triangle. Born and raised in Iowa, he now lives in Colorado.

Michael V. Smith has published six previous books, which include three collections of poetry, a memoir, and two novels. Also an award-winning filmmaker, drag queen, and professor, Smith teaches at UBC Okanagan, in Kelowna, BC, where he lives with his brilliant husband.

Hazel Jane Plante’s debut novel Little Blue Encyclopedia (for Vivian) (Metonymy Press, 2019) received a Lambda Literary award. Her second novel, Any Other City, is forthcoming in April 2023 from Arsenal Pulp Press. She also releases solo music under the name lo-fi lioness, writes songs and plays guitar for Certain Women, maintains a newsletter (Whatever Happened to Hazel Jane?), and helmed the podcast t4t, which was about writing while trans. She lives with her gorgeous cat, Gus, on the unceded ancestral territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and sə̓lílwətaʔɬ Nations.

Visiting Writers Program

The School of Creative Writing’s Visiting Writers Program provides an opportunity for our students, alumni and faculty to connect with insightful writers in small group settings. We encourage everyone in Creative Writing to take advantage of this opportunity – it’s a unique benefit of being involved in the School.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required to attend.  Follow the link provided at the top of this event listing to register.