The Ring

The progression of a polyphonic poem

Mon, 2012-05-07 13:36

Lilburn. Photo: John Threlfall
Lilburn. Photo: John Threlfall

Dr. Tim Lilburn (writing) knows a thing or two about writing poems. He also knows something about writing books of poems. In a career that has spanned more than 25 years, Lilburn has published two books of essays and nine books of poetry. He launched his most recent book, Assiniboia, across Canada in March.

IDEAFEST 2012: Climate change and food security for BC

Mon, 2012-04-09 13:06

When people analyse the issue of climate change, they often consider global temperature increases, rising sea levels and changes to ecosystems. The issue of food production and protection is another concern, though. On March 6, as part of UVic’s IdeaFest, Dr. Francis Zwiers, director of the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium, and Dr. Aleck Ostry, a professor in UVic’s Department of Geography, held a public discussion about climate change in relation to food security in British Columbia—specifically in regard to water issues.

IDEAFEST 2012: The Arab Spring: A season, or much more?

Thu, 2012-03-29 09:32

The uprisings that flared up throughout the Middle East a year ago—events known as The Arab Spring—have not only altered the political landscape of that region, they have had an impact on the entire world. This was the topic of discussion for an IDEAFEST panel of UVic scholars on March 8. The Arab Spring One Year Later: Revolution, Resolution and Resentment public forum was not just about examining transformations of the past year, however, it was also about considering possible scenarios for the future.

Writing grad outlines another chapter

Mon, 2011-06-13 10:32

Johnson interviews a mountain goat for an article on the Yukon Wildlife Preserve. Photo: Vince Federoff, Whitehorse Star

It might be hard to imagine that a recent recipient of UVic’s BFA in Creative Writing—one who won The Fiddlehead’s 20th Annual Short Fiction Contest, self-published a book of essays and was offered a 2011 entrance scholarship into UBC’s master’s program in creative writing all within the past few months—fell into writing by default. But for Will Johnson, that’s kind of how it happened.