On November 13, 2013, the University of Victoria conferred an honorary degree (Doctor of Letters, honoris causa) on Patrick Lane. His convocation address, “An open letter to all the wild creatures of the earth,” published by the Times Colonist newspaper, has since been shared many times on other sites and through social media. You can read the address here.
On June 6, 2013, Patrick Lane received an honorary degree (Doctor of Letters, honoris causa) from the University of British Columbia. He delivered the convocation address at UBC's Okanagan campus in Kelowna. His speech was subsequently published in The Globe and Mail. You can read a transcript here or you can hear Patrick deliver the address himself. He begins speaking at the 5 minute mark.
Patrick Lane is our most essential poet: tough, tender, fearless, and beautifully dangerous. For decades he has been our guide to darkness,
and our provider of unexpected flashes of brilliant, almost blinding light.
Now gathered together in one spot, the poetry of his life enhances
and energizes us, and takes us to places we would never go on our own.
Lane is a true Master.
— Jane Urquhart
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