Teaching

Rhea Tregebov began her position as Assistant Professor in the Creative Writing Program at UBC in January 2005. She has taught graduate and undergraduate workshops in poetry, a graduate workshop in children’s literature,  and a mixed grad/undergrad workshop in literary translation and a large enrolment lecture introduction to creative writing course. In July 2012 she was granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor.

For many years she taught creative writing workshops for the Continuing Studies program at Ryerson University in Toronto, where she specialized in poetry, children’s literature, and autobiographical and biographical creative non-fiction. For many years she also worked with elementary and high school students across Canada for the Writers in Electronic Residency program. She was also faculty at the Writers Studio and the Writing with Style programs at the Banff Centre for the Arts on a number of occasions.

She will be teaching the following courses for the academic year beginning September, 2012:

CrWr 401 Undergraduate Poetry Workshop (term  2)
CrWr 501 Graduate Poetry Workshop (term 1 & 2)
CrWr 503, Writing for Children  (term 1 & 2)

At UBC, Tregebov has been thesis advisor to the following students:

Emily Davidson, 2012: Emily Davidson is a writer from Saint John, NB, living in Vancouver, BC. While studying for her MFA in Creative Writing  she mentored students through the Booming Ground writing program. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Fiddlehead, Room Magazine, carte blanche, subTerrain, and Arc.

Natalie Thompson, 2012:  Natalie Thompson hails from Canada’s Great Plains oasis, Regina, SK, but now lives in la belle province. Some of her best work has been published in Descant, Grain, PRISM International, The Tyee online news journal, and Maisonneuve magazine. Aside from writing, her other passion is teaching. She taught for and coordinated the UBC Creative Writing Faculty’s program, New Shoots, and continues to mentor young poets through the program Booming Ground (www.boomingground.com).

Karen Shklanka, 2012: Karen Shklanka is a poet, a family physician and, with her husband, an Argentine Tango dance instructor. She received the top mark in Canada from the Canadian College of Family Physicians and spent 18 years practicing rural and emergency medicine in small and medium-sized Canadian communities. She currently serves as a Clinical Instructor in the Faculty of Family Medicine at UBC. Her poetry was long-listed for the 2012 CBC Poetry Prize and has been published recently in CV2 and Room. Her poetry has been included in the forthcoming Planet Earth Poetry Anthology and the 2004 chapbook anthology, Letters We Never Sent, edited by Patrick Lane. She was twice a finalist in ARC magazine’s international poem contest, in 2005 and 2006, and has been published in numerous other literary periodicals. She is the author of Sumac’s Red Arms(Coteau), a book of poems.

Kevin Spenst, 2011: Kevin Spenst’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Rhubarb Magazine, The Maynard, The Enpipe Line, Ditch Poetry, OCW, Four and Twenty, Pulpit Magazine and Poet’s Espresso (California). Most recently his manuscript, The Gang’s All Down by the Abecedarium, was shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. One of his poems is soon to appear in the 2011 anthology Through an Open Door. (Arsenal Pulp Press) Kevin’s prose can be found in the anthology Can’t Lit: Fearless Fiction from Broken Pencil, the Martian Press Review, Pages of Canada, Only Magazine and Hacksaw Zine. In 2012 a creative non-fiction piece will appear in the national anthology Side Effects. (Brindle & Glass)

Melissa Sawatsky, 2011: Melissa Sawatsky‘s work has appeared in OCW Magazine, QuillsSad Mag, and Rhubarb, among others. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and is currently working on her first book of poetry, a collection of short fiction, and a screenplay for an animated feature. Melissa is an Editor at Evolved Publishing and facilitates a creative writing program for teen girls called “Hot Ink.” In other news, she spends much of her time in libraries (having worked at several), and worships the art of dance (call her a professional audience member and an amateur dancer).

Sandra Pettman, 2009: Sandra Pettman’s poetry has been published in The Malahat Review, Vancouver Review, Room, Contemporary Verse 2, and is forthcoming in Prairie Fire and Event. She has attended writing workshops and residencies across Canada (Piper’s Frith, 2009, Sage Hill, 2005, St. Peter’s Abbey, 2005) and in Spain (Fundación Valparaíso, 2009). She lives in Vancouver and works as a freelance writer and social worker.

Shannon Woron, 2009: Shannon Woron has had poetry published in Prairie Fire, Room of One’s Own, and WordWorks for winning third place in the 2009 Federation of BC Writers’ Poetry Contest. Her instructing experience ranges from teaching adults non-fiction at a community centre to leading literary science writing workshops for children at the UBC Michael Smith Labs to teaching fitness and swimming. She is currently in the education program at UBC training to teach elementary school.

Elena Johnson, 2009: Elena  was a finalist for the 2011 Alfred G. Bailey Prize for poetry, was longlisted for the 2011 Montreal International Poetry Prize as well as the 2010 CBC Literary Awards. Her work  has  been short-listed for contests in Arc, The Malahat Review and This Magazine.  In 2008 she was writer-in-residence at a remote research station in the Yukon. While studying, she was the recipient of a scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Judith C. Thiele Memorial Scholarship, and a UBC Graduate Entrance Scholarship.She attended the Banff Centre Writing Studio after completing her MFA.  Her poems have been included in the anthologies Rocksalt – Contemporary Poets of British Columbia, The Enpipe Line, and the Montreal International Poetry Prize Longlist Anthology and she has been recently published in  the Literary Review of Canada,  This Magazine,  Arc and dandelion.

Crystal Sikma, 2009: In 2007, Crystal moved from Regina, Saskatchewan to Vancouver to attend the Creative Writing Program at UBC.Her poetry has been included in Fast Forward: New Saskatchewan Poets. She has worked as Poetry Editor for the literary magazine, PRISM international and is the recipient of the Ranjit Singh Azad scholarship for poetry. She worked as Marketing and Outreach Coordinator for the Vancouver Queer Film Festival and is currently at the UBC Robson Bookstore.

Sheryda Warrener, 2008: Sheryda Warrener has had poetry published in literary magazines across Canada, including  The Malahat ReviewEvent, The Antigonish Review, Grain, and The Fiddlehead, and in the anthology Breathing Fire 2: Canada’s New Poets (Nightwood, 2004). At UBC she was awarded a University Graduate Fellowship.  She currently makes her home in Stockholm, Sweden. Her first book, Hard Feelings, was published by Snare Books in Fall 2010.

Jamella Hagen, 2008: Jamella Hagen’s work has won the Fiddlehead’s Ralph Gustafson Prize, and appeared in journals across Canada, including Event, This Magazine, and The Malahat  Review. At UBC she was awarded a University Graduate Fellowship. She has work  forthcoming in the anthologies Unfurled and The Best of Canadian Poetry in English, 2010. Since completing her MFA at UBC, she has received a Canada Council Grant for Professional Writers and a Yukon Advanced Artist Award. She currently lives in Whitehorse where she has become even more outdoorsy and where she teaches in the Writing Centre and the School of Access at Yukon College. Her first collection of poetry, Kerosene, was published by Nightwood Editions in September 2011.

Brianna Brash-Nyberg, 2008: Brianna Brash-Nyberg’s poetry has been featured in The Malahat Review, Boulevard, Room, The Antigonish Review and Canadian Literature. Her first published piece of creative non-fiction recently appeared in the Georgia Straight.  She is the recipient several major scholarships and awards for her writing, including the prestigious University Graduate Fellowship, the Maxine SEVACK Memorial Scholarship in non-fiction, and the Ranjit Singh Azard scholarhip in poetry, as well as multiple BC Arts Council awards. She worked as the director of Booming Ground, UBC Creative Writing’s non-credit online writing studio, and taught writing to high school students and single moms. She also worked for many years as a website designer. She currently lives, works and writes in Vancouver, where she spends as much time as possible in nature while raising her two daughters.

Bren Simmers, 2007:  Bren Simmers lives in Vancouver, where she works as a park interpreter. Winner of the Arc Poem of the Year Award and finalist for the Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award, her work has been published in journals across Canada.  Since completing her MFA at UBC, she has been awarded residencies in New Mexico, Spain, Oregon and most recently, at the Vermont Studio Center. Her first book of poetry, Night Gears, was published  by Wolsak and Wynn in September 2010.

Linda Besner, 2007: Linda Besner’s poetry and reviews have appeared in journals across Canada, including The Malahat Review, Grain, The Walrus, Maisonneuve, and Canadian Notes and Queries (CNQ). Her radio work has aired on CBC’s Definitely Not the Opera, Outfront, and The Next Chapter. Her first collection,  The Id Kid, was published by Signal Editions Vehicule Press in Spring 2011 to rave reviews. She is the winner of the Mount Allison Graham Atlantic Creative Writing Prize. In 2006 Linda attended the Banff Writing Studio, and in 2007 received an Emerging Artist grant from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec. In 2010 she was awarded a Canada Council Grant to continue work on her collection.

Regan Taylor, 2007: Regan Taylor did her undergraduate degree in Creative Writing at Concordia University in Montreal studying with Stephanie Bolster. She has reviewed poetry for online magazine, The Dominion. Her poems have been published in the Malahat Review, PRISM international, New Quarterly, and The Fiddlehead.

Ben Hart, 2007: Ben Hart’s writing has appeared in Grain, The Malahat Review, The New Quarterly, Prarie Fire, CV2, PRISM internationalEvent, Existere and is forthcoming in Vallum. He nabbed third place in the 2008 Byron’s Quill Award for Poetry and was an Editor’s Choice in the 2008 Arc Poem of the Year contest. His chapbook, Dough Rolled Perfect, was published by Frog Hollow Press in 2009.  He recently won second prize for fiction in The Antigonish Review’s 6th Sheldon Currie Fiction Contest. At present, he’s wrestling with an unruly collection of short stories, a novel about waterslides and unplanned pregnancy, and a series of poems about hypochondria. In September 2010 he returned to the University of British Columbia to pursue a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Studies.

Amber Dawn  (fiction), 2007:  Amber Dawn has been awarded the British Columbia Arts Council Senior Scholarship (2005), the Earle Birney Scholarship  in Poetry (UBC, 2005), the Iser Steiman Memorial Scholarship in Translation (UBC, 2005), and a Canada Council Grant for Professional Writers (2009). She is the co-editor of With a Rough Tongue: Femmes Write Porn (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2005), editor of the Lambda Award-nominated Fist of the Spider Woman (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2008), and the author of the novel Sub Rosa, (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2010). Currently, she is the Director of Programming for the Vancouver Queer Film Festival.

Amy Dennis, 2006: Amy Dennis’ poetry was recently anthologized in TOK: Writing the New Toronto, Book 5, and has appeared in more than a dozen Canadian literary publications, such as CV2, Event, Queen’s Quarterly, and Prairie Fire.  After receiving her MFA through the University of British Columbia in 2006 she continued her studies at Harvard University, where she was asked to be a reader for the 2007 Harvard Review.  In 2009, Dennis’ poetry received a Random House Creative Writing Award, and in 2010, received an honourable mention at the National Magazine Awards. Currently, she lives in the U.K., where she is completing a Ph.D. on ekphrastic poetry.

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