Lunch Poems

Lunch Poems at SFU is a unique opportunity to celebrate poetry held the third Wednesday of every month, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. (Pacific Time).

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—just bring your curiosity, open mind and love of words.

Since our inaugural poetry reading on March 28, 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.


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3rd Wednesday,
every month 
(except July and August)
12 p.m. –1 p.m. Pacific Time


In person at SFU Vancouver and online. See event information for details.

Upcoming Readings


The Revolving City Anthology

Shortlisted for the 2016 City of Vancouver Book Award

The Revolving City: 51 Poems and the Stories Behind Them features a who’s who of the west coast poetry scene, selected from authors who have read at Simon Fraser University’s Vancouver campus as part of the Lunch Poems series.

The poems range from the lyric to the experimental and address the theme of disconnection in an urban environment. The collection also includes short reflections, written by the poets themselves, providing readers with an intimate insight into the inspiration and meaning behind the poems. Together, this collection seeks to build community, extend poetry to new audiences, and reflect the rich diversity of the poetry scene both local and distant. 

Co-published by Anvil Press and SFU Public Square. Edited by much-lauded writer and former director of the Writer’s Studio, Wayde Compton, and award-winning poet Renée Sarojini Saklikar. Available in fine bookstores everywhere or at


Contributors selected through open invitation to all authors who read at Lunch Poems March 2012 through December 2014.

Jordan Abel, Joanne Arnott, Elizabeth Bachinsky, Dennis E. Bolen, George Bowering, Tim Bowling, Colin Browne, Stephen Collis, Wayde Compton, Peter Culley, Jen Currin, Phinder Dulai, Daniela Elza, Mercedes Eng, Maxine Gadd, Heidi Greco, Heather Haley, Ray Hsu, Aislinn Hunter, Mariner Janes, Reg Johanson, Wanda John-Kehewin, Rahat Kurd, Sonnet L’Abbé, Fiona Tinwei Lam, Evelyn Lau, Christine Leclerc, Donato Mancini, Daphne Marlatt, Susan McCaslin, Kim Minkus, Cecily Nicholson, Billeh Nickerson, Juliane Okot Bitek, Catherine Owen, Miranda Pearson, Meredith Quartermain, Jamie Reid, Rachel Rose, Renée Sarojini Saklikar, Jordan Scott, Sandy Shreve, George Stanley, Rob Taylor, Jacqueline Turner, Fred Wah, Betsy Warland, Calvin Wharton, Rita Wong, Changming Yuan, and Daniel Zomparelli.


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