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About the Author
Fred Wah studied music and English literature at the University of British Columbia in the early 1960s, where he was one of the founding editors of the poetry newsletter TISH. After graduate work at the University of New Mexico and the State University of New York at Buffalo, he taught at Selkirk College, David Thompson University Centre, and the University of Calgary. He was editorially involved with a number of literary magazines over the years, such as Open Letter and West Coast Line. He has published books of poetry, fiction, and criticism. His book of prose poems, Waiting For Saskatchewan, received the Governor General's Award in 1986, and So Far was awarded the Stephanson Award for Poetry in 1992. Diamond Grill, a biofiction about hybridity and growing up in a small-town Chinese Canadian cafe was published in 1996 and won the Howard O'Hagan Award for Short Fiction. Faking It: Poetics and Hybridity was awarded the Gabrielle Roy Prize for Writing on Canadian literature in 2000, and is a door won the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize in 2009. Two recent poetry books involving collaborative projects are Sentenced to Light (2008) and, with Rita Wong, beholden: a poem as long as the river (2018), both published by Talonbooks. He lives in Vancouver and on Kootenay Lake.