McKay is an award-winning author of
12 books of poetry, twice winning the Governor General's Award (Night Field, 1991; Another Gravity, 2000) and is the 2006 winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize for Strike/Slip.
Â McKay presents a reading of his works in Kelowna on Jan. 22, 7 p.m. at the Okanagan Regional Library, 1378 Ellis St., as part of UBC's Visiting Author Series.
McKay centres his work on ecological themes, human conflict, perception, awareness and his love of birding. His volume Vis Ã Vis: Field Notes on Poetry & Wilderness sees the poet elegantly charting the human sense of being in nature, blending playful inquiry and storytelling through a series of poetic essays.
McKay is also the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies' Visiting Scholar for 2014. He will spend a week at UBC's Okanagan campus conducting workshops and classroom presentations.
He is associate director for poetry at the Banff Centre for the Arts, and had a lengthy teaching career at the University of Western Ontario and University of New Brunswick. He is also the co-founder of Brick Books, a leading Canadian poetry press and was literary editor for the literary journal, The Fiddlehead in the 1990s.