Selkirk College, Attn: Almeda Glenn Miller
301 Frank Beinder Way, Castlegar BC, V1N 4L3, Canada
Almeda had been living in the West Kootenay off and on since 1979, performing, writing, and running her own bookstore before returning to Eastern Washington University to work with writers, John Keeble and Ursula Hegi. After finishing her MFA in Creative Writing she taught for KSA in the Writing Studio, then took a position with Selkirk College in 2000. Almeda developed the two year Creative Writing Program that now transfers students into third-year Creative Writing University Programs across the province. During her tenure at Selkirk College she has published her novel, Tiger Dreams (Raincoast 2002), Essays, Short Stories and Poetry in literary quarterlies across Canada and the US. Most recently, she cut a cd with local musicians, Motes and Oats, and published her collection of poetry Begin with the Corners (Big Bad Wolf Press 2014).
Contributing to Learners & the Community
Almeda says that reading and writing are the cornerstones to any educational program. She explains, “One of my greatest pleasures is to witness the pleasure and wonder learners discover when they permit their imaginations to create. Developing competent, critical readers, thinkers and writers is vital to ensuring a democratic and engaged citizenry.”
Almeda’s Diverse Work Experience
Almeda is a professionally trained actress, and worked in the theatre for over a decade before moving to the Kootenays. She has worked as a carpenter, cowboy, treeplanter, lifeguard, and owned and operated her own bookstore/espresso bar in Rossland before coming to work at the college. She is the author of several essays and short stories, a collection of poetry, Begin with the Corners, and a novel, Tiger Dreams. Her most recent project "Random Acts of Poetry" funded by Rossland Council for Arts and Culture is a collection of sculptures on the network of trails around Rossland.
Why Almeda loves Selkirk College
Almeda says that over the years, she’s watched students at Selkirk College gain confidence in their ability to learn and navigate their university education. She explains that, “at every meeting, every social function, in every classroom, my colleagues have the education of students as their primary focus. We are kind and supportive to each other and this fosters a climate of caring for our students. I have made lifelong friends at the college - students, faculty, and staff.”
Outside of Work
Almeda Nordic and Alpine skis in the winter, rides her mountain bike and road bike in the shoulder seasons, and swims all year round. During the summer months, Almeda gardens and rows her scull on the lakes in the region. She is currently building a house and raising two pups.
Almeda is a member of the Canadian League of Poets.