Healing is a Political Act

  • Doretta Lau, author, Writer in Residence in the Creative Writing Program at UBC
    Coach House, Green College, UBC

    Thursday, March 7, 5-6:30 pm
    in the series
    Canadian, Indigenous and World Writers Series (co-hosted with Creative Writing)
  • Doretta Lau (BFA Hons Creative Writing 2001, BA English 2003) discusses how healing influences her writing practice and how she applies these ideas to community building in the current political climate. She will read from her novel-in-progress, We Are Underlings.

    Doretta Lau is the author of the short story collection How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun? (Nightwood Editions, 2014). The book was shortlisted for the City of Vancouver Book Award, longlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, and was named by The Atlantic as one of the best books of 2014. In 2013, she was a finalist for the Writers’ Trust of Canada / McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize. She has written on arts and culture for Artforum International, South China Morning Post, The Wall Street Journal Asia, ArtReview, and LEAP. She completed an MFA in Writing at Columbia University. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Day One, Event, Grain Magazine, Prairie Fire, PRISM International, Ricepaper, Room Magazine, sub-TERRAIN, and Zen Monster. She splits her time between Vancouver and Hong Kong, where she is at work on a comic novel about a dysfunctional workplace called We Are Underlings, and a screenplay.
  • Unless otherwise noted, all of our lectures are free to attend and do not require registration.


March 7th, 2019 from  5:00 PM to  6:30 PM
Coach House
6201 Cecil Green Park Rd
Green College, UBC
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
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