Join us Thursday, June 17 at 7pm for FBCW's Regional Spotlight - Kelowna, an event with Kelowna area writers, hosted by Meaghan Hackinen. Register here (bcwriters.ca/events-for-writers) and a link will be sent to you. When it's time for the event, click on the link to join the live Zoom event. Looking forward to seeing you there!
Digital Doors Open at 645pm!
Sally Quon is a writer and photographer, rediscovering her voice after a long confinement. She has been published in numerous anthologies, including "Voicing Suicide," Ekstasis Editions, and "I Don't Cry Anymore," Liminal Press. Sally is an associate member of the League of Canadian Poets. Her personal blog, https://featherstone-creative.com is where she posts her back-country adventures, photos and stories.
Mike McArthur lives in the Okanagan, and when not fending off bills takes part in obscure literary cage matches. He writes humorous flash-fiction that shows the human side in non-human things. You can see his work at everydayfiction.com and polarborealis.ca.
Patti Shales Lefkos: Patti’s articles have appeared in The Globe and Mail, The San Francisco Chronicle, Macleans, Travelife.ca, Canadian Living, Okanagan Life and Okanagan Woman. When not travelling or writing, Patti skis at her winter home at Silver Star Mountain Resort in British Columbia. In summer she paddles, rows and swims at her Ontario island cottage. NEPAL ONE DAY AT A TIME One Woman's Quest to Teach, Trek and Build a School in the Remote Himalaya is her creative non-fiction debut. www.pattishaleslefkos.com.
Marilyn Kriete: After a colorful life spanning four continents and 16 cities, earning her keep as cook, chambermaid, waitress, fisher-woman, missionary, speaker/teacher, tutor, and academic writing editor, Marilyn Kriete now lives in Kelowna, BC, Canada, with her charitable husband and three demanding cats. Their two grown children were adopted from Mumbai, India and Athens, Georgia. Besides her favorite activities–writing and sleeping–she enjoys hiking, cycling, blogging, reading, playing word games, watching documentaries, and cleaning other people’s homes. Her poetry and nonfiction have appeared in The Lyric, Storyteller, The Eastern Iowa Review, The English Bay Review, and Brevity Blog. Paradise Road, her debut memoir, met the world in March 2021.
Lindsay Thorimbert is a recent arrival to the Okanagan. He moved to Kelowna from Saskatoon, SK with his wife Connie in fall 2020. While he’s settling into his new home and surroundings, he has yet to find a genre or style to call home for his writing. He mostly writes short fiction, but also some non-fiction, as he throws concepts against the wall in search of something that sticks.
Lesley-Anne Evans is a Belfast born poet and arts facilitator who dabbles in woodland foraging. Her elderberry jam was voted "best served on scratch pancakes," by her family and friends. Lesley-Anne's first full length collection of poems, Mute Swan, is forthcoming from the St. Thomas Poetry Series in November, 2021. Lesley-Anne lives and writes from Feeny Wood, in Kelowna, British Columbia, where she also hosts spiritual retreats. In 2019, Lesley-Anne won the Federation of BC Writer’s Literary Prize, and was long listed for the Canterbury Poet of the Year in 2020. https://laevans.ca/
Faith Wood: Communication and conflict resolution consultant, award winning novelist and expert storyteller only begin to tell the story of Faith Wood. Going a little deeper, you find a former Peace Officer and trainer of practical communication and influence strategies for captivated audiences in government, associations and organizations in over 7 countries. Faith writes a weekly column focused on conflict resolution and mindset resets. She is the author of the Colbie Colleen Cozy Suspense Series (8 books) as well as several non fiction books. She is writing a new suspense series scheduled to launch Summer 2021. She is the mother of 4, grandmother of 9 and wife to 1.
Meaghan Hackinen is a west coast writer and ultra-endurance cyclist. Her two-wheeled adventures have taken her from Haida Gwaii to Mexico’s high plateaus, across Canada and the United States, and from North Cape to Tarifa along some of Europe’s highest paved roads. Her writing explores relationships, experiences on the road, and encounters with wild places. Meaghan’s debut travel memoir, South Away: The Pacific Coast on Two Wheels (NeWest Press, 2019) was shortlisted for a two Canadian book awards.