Celebrate The Malahat Review’s Department of Writing Internship Program.

For more than a decade, The Malahat Review has invited promising students enrolled in UVic's Department of Writing to sit on the editorial board. Past and present interns will read from their own poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Celebrate their energy and accomplishment. 

Thursday, January 18, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.

Central Branch, Greater Victoria Public Library

735 Broughton Street

All welcome—admission is free

Serena Bhandar
Levi F. Binnema
Jason Jobin
Holly Lam
Kyeren Regehr
Melanie Siebert
Hal Walling

Hosted by John Barton and City of Victoria Poet Laureate Yvonne Blomer

Co-sponsored by The Lightning Round

A WordsThaw Writers Festival 2018 prequel

Featured Readers

Serena Bhandar

Serena Bhandar is a professional editor and writer of both creative nonfiction and fiction. Her essays and stories have been featured in issues of PlenitudeThis Side of WestNonBinary Review and a few other publications, and appear in the print collections Fear This Queer and Nameless Woman. She writes about the mind, bodies, romantic relationships, and outsider experiences.

Levi Binnema

Levi F. Binnema is a writer based in Victoria. He has had his poetry and short fiction published in The Glass Buffalo Literary Magazine. He is currently working on a poetry collection while completing his MFA at the University of Victoria.

Jason Jobin

Jason Jobin’s stories of have appeared in The Malahat Review and The Northern Review, though his long game involves novels. He did a BA and MFA in writing at the University of Victoria, where he has studied fiction, screenwriting, and hip hop. He’s interested in music, meditation, style, and mentorship, sometimes all at once. Born in Yukon, he now lives and writes in Victoria.

Holly Lam

Holly Lam is a fourth-year Writing student at UVic. As a retired slam poet and frequent theatre reviewer, she has dabbled in many genres of writing, but currently focuses on fiction and screenwriting, with a minor in Journalism and Publishing. Born in Winnipeg, Holly grew up in Victoria and has lived in Montreal; most of her stories take place in one of those three cities. An interest of hers is writing that challenges social norms and diversifies representation.

Kyeren Regehr

Kyeren Regehr’s poetry has appeared in literary journals and anthologies in Canada, Australia and America, including Best Canadian Poetry, The Literary Review of Canada and the American publication, Best New Poets. She has twice received writing grants from Canada Council for the Arts and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Victoria. She was shortlisted for all three Malahat poetry awards (Far Horizon, Open Season, and Long Poem) before being asked to join as an intern.

Melanie Siebert

Melanie Siebert’s first poetry collection, Deepwater Vee (M&S), was a finalist for Canada's Governor General's Literary Award. Melanie completed an MFA at the University of Victoria where she received the Lieutenant Governor's Silver Medal for her master's thesis. She has worked as a wilderness guide on remote rivers in the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Alaska. In 2015, Melanie won a 5x5 award from the Writers’ Trust of Canada.

Hal Walling

Hal Walling is a graduate of the University of Victoria and The New School's creative writing programs. His short stories have appeared in The Malahat Review, The Missouri Review, The Kenyon ReviewThe Dalhousie ReviewThe New Quarterly, Prairie Fire, and elsewhere.



John Barton

John Barton, born and raised in Alberta, has published eleven books of poems, seven chapbooks, and two anthologies, including West of Darkness: Emily Carr, a Self Portrait (1987), For the Boy with the Eyes of the Virgin: Selected Poems (2012), and Reframing Paul Cadmus (2016).  He has edited The Malahat Review since 2004.

Yvonne Blomer

Yvonne Blomer is the City of Victoria's current poet laureate. Her most recent collection of poetry, As if a Raven, appeared with Palimpsest in 2014. Sugar Ride: Cycling from Hanoi to Kuala Lumpur, a memoir, and Refugium: Poems for the Pacific, an anthology, were published by Palimpsest and Caitlin respectively in 2017.

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