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Vernon, BC, V1B 2N5

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Editor in Chief:

Kevin McPherson


Jason Dewinetz


Joan Smeyers

Literary Events

Event: Word Ruckus: A Festival of Words & Community

Description: “[A]n all-ages literary shin-dig, a pay what you can writerly free-fer-all, a poetic hoe-down and a magical linguistical brouhaha.”  In 2013, the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness will be presented at Word Ruckus.

Date: TBA (possibly March 2013)
Location: TBA (possibly Laurel Packinghouse, 1304 Ellis Street, Kelowna)
Organizers: Jake Kennedy, Kevin McPherson Eckhoff, and Beks Croker
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Event: Vertigo Voices Reading Series

Description: A reading series “designed to unfold as a dialogue and discussion on the process of writing. Invited authors will explore their writing practice, and discuss other writers and books in order to reveal the context and circumstances that have informed their own work.”

Date: Multiple dates throughout the year
Location: Gallery Vertigo, 3001 - 31st Street (upstairs), Vernon
Organizer: Kevin McPherson Eckhoff


Event: Red Dot Players Annual Production

Description: A theatre production with a cast and crew consisting of Okanagan College students and employees and community volunteers.

Date: TBA (possibly March 2013)
Location: S104, Student Services Building, 1000 KLO Road, Kelowna
Organizers: Jeremy Beaulne, Leanna Jantzi


Useful Links

Okanagan College

Okanagan College Department of English

Diploma in Writing and Publishing at Okanagan College


Red Dot Players

Ryga: A Journal of Provocations


Partner Organizations

Gallery Vertigo

Mackie Lake House Foundation

The Ryga Centre


Grants and Awards

George Ryga Award for Social Justice in Literature

BC Book Prizes

British Columbia Arts Council

Canada Council for the Arts


News and Reviews

BC Bookworld

Pacific Rim Review of Books

So Misguided


Professional Associations

The Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia

Federation of BC Writers

The Writers’ Union of Canada


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