An interview in the Toronto Quarterly, December 2, 2014
The Toronto Quarterly interviewed Patrick Lane about his new book, Washita. Patrick answered many questions about writing and about poetry and was asked to describe, in terms of writing, his idea of a perfect day. Read his answer here.

An open letter to all the wild creatures of the earth
On December 2, 2013, The Times Colonist
published Patrick Lane's open letter to the wild creatures of the earth. The letter is a transcript of the convocation address he gave to graduating students at the University of Victoria on November 13, 2013.

Since then, it has become the Times Colonist's most popular online story. (A follow-up article appeared on December 6.) Patrick’s letter has been shared on Facebook and reposted on many sites:

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A previous convocation address, given to UBC students at the Kelowna campus, was published in the Globe and Mail. Patrick Lane was granted an honorary degree on June 6, 2013, and spoke of looking for the beauty in life. A video of him reading the address is on the home page.

Read Marsha Lederman's ode to Patrick Lane and Lorna Crozier in
the Globe and Mail to mark the occasion of the Vancouver Writers Festival tribute to Patrick.

Read an interview with Patrick Lane that appeared in Victoria’s
Times Colonist newspaper on Sunday, December 18, 2011.

Listen to an interview with Patrick which aired in January 2012,
on The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers, CBC Radio One.