Dr. Ray Hsu (they/them/their) is a digital media artist and author of two award-winning books of poetry: Anthropy (winner of the Gerald Lampert Award) and Cold Sleep Permanent Afternoon (winner of an Alcuin Award).
Dr. Ray has exhibited media installations in Paris and Singapore and published over 150 literary works in over 50 publications in Vancouver, Toronto, New York, Chicago and London. In addition to teaching creative writing at SFU's the Writer's Studio, the Banff Centre and the UBC Creative Writing Program, they have judged for the National Magazine Awards and the CBC Literary Award and have given a TED talk on collective creativity.
Their practice is rooted in social justice and radical pedagogy. They lecture widely on technology, political futurity and world-making, teaching at the UBC Social Justice Institute as well as in a U.S. prison.
Dr. Ray is faculty supervisor at the UBC Emerging Media Lab, where their work in virtual reality/augmented reality and neurotechnology/brain computer interfaces as a member of the Eyemole digital media collective explores the future of virtual worlds powered by your mind.
Photo taken by Joey Armstrong for Contemporary Verse 2