John Lent was born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia in 1948; he grew up in Edmonton, Alberta. He studied at the University of Alberta from 1965-71, concentrating in his graduate studies on Modernist art movements and experiments with form. He was taught by the noted Canadian novelist, Sheila Watson, and the Canadian playwright, Wilfred Watson. Lent's thesis was on the plays of T.S. Eliot: an analysis of "the schizophrenic adjustment we all have to make to the demands of Western society--a society that imposes material, social and spiritual roles". Lent pursued Doctoral studies at York University on Malcolm Lowry and the issue of subjectivity.

For more than twenty years Lent has taught English literature and Creative Writing at various universities: Alberta, Notre Dame (Nelson), Regina and (mainly at) Okanagan University College in Vernon where he lives with his wife, Jude Clarke, a painter and writer. His sequence of stories in Monet's Garden, now into its third printing, follows the members of a dsyfunctional family from childhood into marriage, from the interior of B.C. to the heartland of France. His follow-up collection of connected fictions is So It Won't Go Away (Thistledown, 2005). "My continuing interest," he says, "is the relationship between consciousness and notions of narrative in both fiction and poetry."

Lent has also co-authored a collection of conversations about writing with "Mr. Canadian Postmodern,"; Robert Kroetsch, Abundance. It's the fourth release from the Mackie Lake House Writer-in-Residence Project.

John's Lent's The Path to Ardroe (Thistledown 2012) is described as a novel about the terror and delight of accepting oneself completely and "an exploration of friendship and its limits, life changes and the transforming culture and sub-cultures that altered North American life in the 80s and 90s, especially changes in sexual
awareness and the aesthetics of art."

Also a singer/songwriter, Lent sings in a roots/jazz group, the Lent/Fraser/Wall trio, accompanied by guitarists Neil Fraser and Shelby Wall. They have released several CDs, including Shadow Moon (2005). A founding member of Kalamalka Press and the Kalamalka Institute for Working Writers, Lent is also a co-creator of the George Ryga Prize for Social Awareness in B.C. literature in conjunction with Ken Smedley of George Ryga House in Summerland and Alan Twigg of BC BookWorld.


A Rock Solid. Dreadnought, 1978.

Wood Lake Music. Vancouver: Harbour, 1982.

Frieze. Saskatoon: Thistledown, 1984.

The Face in the Garden. Saskatoon: Thistledown, 1990.

Monet's Garden. Saskatoon: Thistledown, 1996.

Black Horses, Cobalt Suns (Greenboathouse Books, 2000).

So It Won't Go Away (Thistledown, 2005).

Abundance [with Robert Kroetsch] (Kalamalka Press, 2007) $10 978-0-97380574-1

The Path to Ardroe (Thistledown 2012)

[BCBW 2012] "Poetry" "Fiction"