media release

New series connects public with poets

March 26, 2012

Scott McLean, SFU Vancouver, 778.782.5151,
Wayde Compton,

A new series designed to foster poetry in Vancouver will launch on Wednesday at Simon Fraser University’s Vancouver campus, with a public reading by Vancouver Poet Laureate Evelyn Lau.

The sessions, entitled lunch poems @sfu, will be held monthly at Harbour Centre, and are aimed to connect the public with well-known poets, providing an arena for discussion and collaboration.

The inaugural event on March 28, will feature Lau, as well as guest poet Daniela Elza.

An award-winning poet and writer, Lau is currently working on her sixth collection of poetry and rose to prominence in the literary world at the age of 18 when her first work, entitled Runaway: Diary of a Street Kid, was published. The book chronicled her life as a young prostitute on the streets of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and became a national bestseller. In October of 2011, Lau began her three-year term as Vancouver's Poet Laureate.

Accompanying Lau at the first session will be guest poet Daniela Elza. Elza has been published in over fifty literary and peer-reviewed publications, in addition to her published poetry.

Accomplished Canadian writer and poet Wayde Compton is scheduled for the next lunch poems event on April 18. Compton is also the new director of SFU’s creative writing program, The Writer’s Studio.

The series is free and open to the public.

What: lunch poems @sfu Inaugural Event
March 28, 2012 – 12-1 p.m.
SFU Vancouver, The Teck Gallery at Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St., Vancouver


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