Lunch Poems


Lunch Poems at SFU is now programmed by SFU Continuing Studies. For a current reading schedule, please visit their site.

Lunch Poems at SFU is a unique opportunity to celebrate the spoken word and is held the third Wednesday of every month, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, in the Teck Gallery at Simon Fraser University's Vancouver Campus.

The raison d'être of Lunch Poems is to invite and welcome everyone to enjoy poetry in a relaxed and casual atmosphere: whether you are new to poetry or have had a long romance with it. We invite you to join us to lunch on words and feed your soul. No fees or registration. Just bring your lunch, curiosity, open mind and love of words.

Since our inaugural poetry reading on March 28th, 2012, featuring Vancouver's Poet Laureate Evelyn Lau, Lunch Poems has hosted a wide range of poets and their works reflecting the rich diversity of the poetry scene in our community.

Next Reading

Lunch Poems is on summer break and will be back in September. Stay tuned for more information.


3rd Wednesday, every month (except July and August) 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Teck Gallery in SFU’s Harbour Centre Campus, 515 West Hasting St., Vancouver, BC (map)

Located only 100 steps from Waterfront Station; the heart of the region’s transit network.


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Wayde Compton

Wayde Compton is the author of 49th Parallel Psalm, a finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize; Performance BondAfter CanaanEssays 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 poetry, fiction, and essays. Published work from the project appears in many journals and anthologies. The first completed book from thecanadaproject is children of air india: un/authorized exhibits and interjections, (Nightwood Editions, 2013) winner of the 2014 Canadian Authors Association Award for poetry and a finalist for the 2014 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Award. A mentor and instructor for Simon Fraser University, and a co-founder of Lunch Poems at SFU, Renée is at work on the second volume of thecanadaproject, excerpts of which can be found online at DUSIE and The Rusty Toque.

Kim Gilker

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 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 can be used as highly-effective tools for social change practices.