UBC Okanagan launches LAKE: A Journal of Arts and Environment

The inaugural issue of LAKE: A Journal of Arts and Environment, a new arts and literary journal housed in UBC Okanagan’s Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, will be launched at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18, at the Rotary Centre for the Arts (421 Cawston Ave., Kelowna).

The first issue has an article by Don McKay, artwork by Okanagan artist Kristy Malakoff, poetry by Baziju and Clea Roberts, and creative non-fiction by UBC Okanagan Creative Writing student, Hugh Anderson, as well as many other interviews, essays, and reviews.

“Currently, there is no national literary or arts journal based in the Okanagan,” says the journal’s co-editor Nancy Holmes, Associate Professor of Creative Studies. “This journal is unique in focus: it is bound to become the key forum for artists working in this new and exciting area of nature-related thought and creation.”

LAKE’s target market includes arts communities in the interior of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest, and Canada as a whole, notes Sharon Thesen, Associate Professor of Creative Studies and co-editor of LAKE.

“The Okanagan is the ideal place for a journal focused on environmentally-sensitive art,” says Thesen. “This is a region under great ecological pressure, as well as a region home to many outstanding artists and writers.”

The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies will launch the very first issue of the journal with a celebratory bash, welcoming the public to meet the editors, buy a copy of the journal or a subscription, listen to music provided by Lent, Fraser, Wall, hear about a new literary contest, and get a taste of a wonderful new journal.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Nancy Holmes at 807-9369 or Sharon Thesen at 807-9417.

LAKE’s website is www.lakejournal.ca.

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