December 2018 - Fred Wah and Daphne Marlatt

December 19, 2018

Fred Wah studied music and English literature at the University of British Columbia in the early 1960's where he was one of the founding editors of the poetry newsletter TISH. After graduate work in the US, he returned to the Kootenays in the late 1960's where he taught at Selkirk College and was the founding coordinator of the writing program at David Thompson University Centre. He taught creative writing and poetics at the University of Calgary from 1989 until 2003. He has been editorially involved with a number of literary magazines over the years, such as Open Letter and West Coast Line. He has published numerous collections of poetry, fiction, and criticism, most recently Scree: The Collected Earlier Poems, 1962-1991. He served as Canada’s 5th Parliamentary Poet Laureate and in 2013 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada. He lives in Vancouver.

West Coast poet Daphne Marlatt’s many titles include Steveston, The Given (awarded the 2009 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize), Liquidities: Vancouver Poems Then and Now, and Reading Sveva, a response to the work of the Italian-Canadian painter Sveva Caetani. House of Anansi published a new edition of her critically acclaimed novel Ana Historic, with foreword by Lynn Crosby.  In 2017 Talonbooks released Intertidal: The Collected Earlier Poems 1968-2008 edited by Susan Holbrook.  Marlatt received the 2012 George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award. She has taught and served as writer in residence at half a dozen universities across Canada, edited oral histories and co-founded the bilingual feminist journal, Tessera.