Lunch Poems at SFU team
Wayde Compton is the author of 49th Parallel Psalm, a finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize; Performance Bond; After Canaan: Essays on Race Writing and Region, which was nominated for a City of Vancouver Book Award; and The Outer Harbour: Stories. He also edited the anthology Bluesprint: Black British Columbian Literature and Orature. He is a co-founder of the Hogan’s Alley Memorial Project, an organization that has collaborated on multiple projects intent on preserving the public memory of Vancouver’s original black community. Compton is the program director of Creative Writing in Continuing Studies at Simon Fraser University.
Renée Sarojini Saklikar
Renée Sarojini Saklikar writes thecanadaproject, a life-long poem chronicle that includes fiction and essays. Renée is working on an elegiac sequence about Canada and the bombing of Air India Flight 182. Notes about the project at http://tinyurl.com/zhnwm6y
Kim Gilker studied English Literature at SFU where her love of words and ideas was profoundly influenced by mentors such as Jerry Zaslove, Roy Miki, Daphne Marlatt, Carl Peters, Robin Blazer, and others. Kim is so very happy to be collaborating on communications, programming, and anything else that needs to be done for Lunch Poems at SFU. In her day job, Kim is currently at the International Centre of Art for Social Change (Art/Dialogue/Action at www.ICASC.ca) working for progressive change in fields such as health, social justice and human rights, environmental education and community economic empowerment, promoting the many ways that art for social change practices can be used as highly-effective tools in their work.
Robin Prest manages public programming for Simon Fraser University's Centre for Dialogue and provides communications support for Lunch Poems at SFU. As a professional project manager, he is passionate about dialogue as a medium to advance public discourse on important policy issues and to achieve positive, lasting impact in our communities. As an amateur writer of fiction, Robin is excited to help grow lunch poems and explore the intersections between fine arts, public discourse and community.
For more than 25 years, Shauna has been engaging the world through groundbreaking social justice work at home and around the world. A fellow at the SFU Centre for Dialogue, she is also the founding executive director of Carbon Talks, a national initiative to accelerate Canada's shift to a low-carbon economy.