Fred Wah is new Writer-in-Residence for SFU 2006-2007

Fred Wah is new Writer-in-Residence for SFU 2006-2007

Congratulations to Fred Wah. He is being welcomed as the new Writer-in-residence
for Simon Fraser University. Fred is an amazing poet, and former English professor
at University of Calgary, now living in Vancouver.

Fred has been a featured poet for the 2006 Gung Haggis Fat Choy Robbie Burns
Chinese New Year Dinner, as well as the 2006 Gung Haggis Fat Choy World Poetry
reading at the Vancouver Public Library.

Fred loved the concept of "Gung Haggis Fat Choy" as he is multicultural inside and out,
celebrating his Swedish, Irish, Scottish and Chinese heritage.

The following came to me from SFU English professor Roy Miki:

The reception will feature welcome comments by SFU President Michael Stevenson,
followed by a reading by Fred Wah. It is open to all members of the Simon Fraser
University community as well as the Vancouver arts community.

Wednesday, September 27 2006
Harbour Centre, Simon Fraser University
515 West Hastings Street at Seymour
7:30 – 9:30 pm

About Fred Wah

As a poet, public intellectual, editor, and educator, Fred Wah is one of Canada's most
influential and respected writers. His best-known works include Diamond Grill (NeWest
Press, 1996), So Far (Talonbooks 1991) and Waiting For Saskatchewan (Turnstone
Press, 1985), the last of which won the Governor-General's Award for poetry. He was
one of the founding editors of Tish at UBC and has been involved with a number of
literary magazines over the years, such as Open Letter and West Coast Line. As a
professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Calgary until his retirement,
he was instrumental in helping to develop one of the most successful and highly creative
writing programs in Canada.

For Writers

Fred Wah will be available for consultation at Simon Fraser University during the
academic year of 2006-2007. To contact him please call the Department of English
at 604-291-3136. For information on the Writer-in-Residence Program, please consult
the Department of English website (

With Thanks

Sponsored by the Writer-in-Residence Program with funding assistance
from the Canada Council, the Office of the President and the Dean of Arts
and Social Sciences, Simon Fraser University.


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