The Revolving City Anthology

The Revolving City has been 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 director of the Writer’s Studio, Wayde Compton, and award-winning poet Renée Sarojini Saklikar.

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

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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.


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.  

Wayde Compton is the author of two books of poetry, 49th Parallel Psalm (Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize finalist) and Performance Bond. He also edited the anthology Bluesprint: Black British Columbian Literature and Orature. His non-fiction book After Canaan: Essays on Race, Writing, and Region was shortlisted for the City of Vancouver Book Award. His first work of fiction, The Outer Harbour, was published in fall 2014. Wayde is the director of the Writer’s Studio and the Southbank Writer’s Program at Simon Fraser University Continuing Studies. He lives in Vancouver. 


September 6, 2016 — Vancouver Metro: Explore the city with Vancouver Book Award finalists

September 6, 2016 — The Georgia Straight: City of Vancouver announces finalists for 2016 Book Award

December 12, 2015 — The Ubyssey: Poetry anthology The Revolving City…

October 21, 2015 — with Joseph Planta - Wayde Compton and Renée Sarojini Saklikar

October 15 ,2015 — Rob McLennan -  The Revolving City: 51 Poems and the Stories Behind Them, eds. Wayde Compton & Renée Sarojini Saklikar

November 13, 2015 – January 15, 2016 — Roundhouse Radio interviews (click to stream audio):

“In these fiercely competitive and egotistical times, what a relief when established poets stand alongside and support emerging ones. The poems— passionate, com-passionate and critical at once, investigating, as Meredith Quartermain puts it, “the physical, the historical, the cultural and the linguistic grounds” of the city—are deepened by each poet’s reflection on their own work. Here are the cultural voices of Canada’s today and tomorrow. Listen. You will be hearing more.”


 “Plato said poets are the people least likely to be able to say anything enlightening about the craft. He was a curmudgeon for thinking that, but not entirely wrong, because good poems derive less from the intellect than from the solar plexus, the bone marrow, or what Yeats called “the rag-and-bone shop of the heart.” It’s so hard to write a good poem that poets leap at the chance to talk about what they were trying to achieve, or how it came to pass; and these ruminations are always more personal and often more engaging than the poems themselves. The Revolving City celebrates this wonderful dichotomy and, at times, blessedly defies it.”