Join us for an evening of poetry with some of Canada’s most renowned poets: Fred Wah, Daphne Marlatt, and Colin Browne.
Fred Wah grew up in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia. Studying at UBC, he was one of the founding editors of the poetry newsletter TISH. After graduate work with Robert Creeley at the University of New Mexico and with Charles Olson at SUNY, Buffalo, he returned to the Kootenays, founding the writing program at DTUC before moving on to teach at the University of Calgary. A pioneer of online publishing, he has mentored a generation of some of the most exciting new voices in poetry today. He served as Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate from 2011 to 2013.
Daphne Marlatt spent much of her childhood in Malaysia before emigrating to Canada. Marlatt was at the center of the West Coast poetry movement of the 1960s, studying at the University of British Columbia and with many of Donald Allen’s New American Poets, most notably Robert Creeley and Robert Duncan. Much of her postmodernist writing would be attuned to the adjustments, struggles, and accomplishments of immigrants. While Marlatt attended UBC her literary associations with the loosely affiliated Tish group encouraged her non-conformist approach to language and etymological explorations. In 2004 she was appointed as the first writer-in-residence at Simon Fraser University in three decades. She directed the Fiction stream of the Banff Writing Studio from 2010 – 2012.
Colin Browne is the author of Abraham, the critically acclaimed collection of poetry, Ground Water, which was nominated for a Governor General’s Literary Award and a Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize; and The Shovel shortlisted for the 2008 ReLit Award. He was an editor of Writing magazine and co-founder of the Kootenay School of Writing, the Praxis Centre for Screenwriters and the Art of Documentary workshops. Browne’s films include Linton Garner: I Never Said Goodbye, Father and Son, and White Lake, which was nominated for a Genie for Best Feature Length Documentary. He is currently working on texts for new operas.