National Poetry Month

April 08, 2019

Join us as we celebrate SFU English poets past and present for National Poetry Month!


Natalie Lim

SFU Communication Major & English Minor

Natalie Lim is a Chinese-Canadian writer based in Vancouver, BC. She was the winner of the 2018 CBC Poetry Prize for "Arrhythmia," and she has work forthcoming in honey & lime and PRISM international. More than anything, she loves stories - whether told through a book, podcast, or video game - and she hopes to keep writing them for the rest of her life. You can find her on Twitter at @nataliemlim.

Kate Braid

Former SFU English Lecturer

Kate has taught non-credit writing courses in writing workshops across Canada and her essays and poems have been widely anthologized and reprinted. In 2012, she was writer-in-residence at Mabel Dodge Luhan House in Taos, New Mexico and in the same year, was declared one of Vancouver's Remarkable Women of the Arts by the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation. In November 2015 she was awarded the Vancouver Mayor's Arts Award for the Literary Arts, for showing "leadership and support for Vancouver's cultural community over the course of her career" and for "significant contribution" to the Literary Arts in Vancouver. She continues to give talks and readings on issues of women entering the trades.

Isabella Wang

SFU English and World Literature Student

Isabella Wang is the author of On Forgetting a Language, her debut poetry chapbook forthcoming with Baseline Press in 2019. At 18, she is a two-time finalist and the youngest writer shortlisted for The New Quarterly's Edna Staebler Essay Contest, and she holds a Pushcart Prize nomination for poetry. Her poetry and prose have appeared in over twenty literary journals, including Contemporary Verse 2, Geez Magazine, Plentitude, The /tEmz/Review, Canthius, carte blanche, and Looseleaf Magazine. She is studying English and World Literature at SFU. As well, she is an assistant editor with Room Magazine, serving as the Youth Advocate for the Federation of BC Writers, and co-ordinating the Dead Poets Reading Series with VPL.

Lionel Kearns

Former SFU English Faculty Member

Lionel Kearns is a key figure among the Canadian avant-garde poets of the 1960s, a pioneer of interactive communications technology in teaching poetry, and an early proponent of digital poetry. From 1966 to 1986 he was a professor at Simon Fraser University. In 1988 he became the first instructor for Writer-in-Electronic Residence (WIER), an online, interactive creative writing program.

Sandy Shreve

Sandy Shreve has published five books of poetry and two chapbooks, and edited or co-edited three anthologies. Her work, which has appeared in numerous journals and is widely anthologized, has won the Earle Birney Prize for Poetry and been short-listed for the Milton Acorn People's Poetry Award and the National Magazine Awards for poetry. Sandy founded BC's Poetry in Transit program, was one of the organizers of the first Mayworks festivals in Vancouver, and has served on the West Coast Book Prize Society board of directors, the Dead Poets Live Reading Series committee, and on several book prize juries. She co-edited, with Kate Braid, the ground-breaking book, In Fine Form - The Canadian Book of Form Poetry and In Fine Form, 2nd edition - A Contemporary Look at Canadian Form Poetry. She edited Working for A Living, a collection of poetry and stories by women about the work they do.

Alyssa Bridgman

SFU English Honours Graduate, Incoming MA Student

Alyssa Bridgman recently completed an English Honours degree at Simon Fraser University. She looks forward to starting an MA at SFU in the Fall. Her area of focus is nineteenth-century American literature, specifically the late manuscript poems of Emily Dickinson. Her chapbook "HEDGE" was recently published by above/ground press (2017).

Sean McGarragle

SFU English Graduate Student

Sean McGarragle is a poet, activist, organizer, academic, publisher, and storyteller based out of Vancouver's downtown eastside. He has been an active member of the Vancouver literary and spoken word communities since 2001. While at Simon Fraser University he is looking into the roots of dub poetry, cowboy poetry, and the poetry slam in Canada. The questions he is considering through these works are where do each of these places of cultural production fit within the broader context of spoken word and performance poetry and where in turn do they fit within the Canadian literary canon.

Brian Fawcett

For 25 years now, Brian Fawcett has been Canada's most unconventional writer and public intellectual, a man Paul Quarrington described as our literature's enfant terrible and eminence grise rolled into one. As both a cultural journalist and a fiction writer, his true gift is for making readers laugh while raising the most fundamental questions that face us. He is the author of Cambodia: A Book for People Who Find Television Too Slow, Public Eye, Gender Wars, and the Pearson Prize-winning Virtual Clearcut. Originally from Prince George, BC, Brian Fawcett now lives in Toronto.

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