Lunch Poems at SFU | Alex Leslie and Roy Miki
Teck Gallery in SFU’s Harbour Centre Campus 515 West Hasting Street, Vancouver, BC
Alex Leslie is a cross-genre writer born in Vancouver on unceded Coast Salish territories. Alex has published a chapbook of microfictions, 20 Objects for the New World, a collection of stories, People Who Disappear, which was shortlisted for a 2013 Lambda Award for debut fiction, and a collection of prose poems, The things I heard about you, released this fall by Nightwood. Alex edited the Queer issue of Poetry Is Dead magazine, which brought together different approaches to Queer poetics from across Canada.
Roy Miki grew up in Winnipeg and moved to Vancouver in the late 1960s. He is a poet, critic, editor, and cultural activist who taught in the English Department of Simon Fraser University from the late 70s until his retirement. Roy is the author of many books, including Redress: Inside the Japanese Canadian Call for Justice (Raincoast 2004), as well as five books of poems. His third book of poems, Surrender (Mercury Press 2001), received the Governor General’s Award for Poetry. His two latest books are Mannequin Rising (New Star 2011), a series of poems and photo collages that probe the internal effects of commodity culture, and In Flux: Transnational Shifts in Asian Canadian Writing (NeWest 2011), an essay collection. A children’s book, Dolphin SOS, co-written with his wife Slavia, has just been published by Tradewind Books. He received the Order of Canada in 2006 and the Order of British Columbia in 2009.