Fred Wah studied music and English literature at the University of British Columbia in the early 1960′s where he was one of the founding editors of the poetry newsletter TISH. After graduate work in literature and linguistics in the U.S., he returned to the Kootenays in the late 1960′s and taught at Selkirk College and David Thompson University Centre, and then at the University of Calgary during the 90’s. He has been editorially involved with a number of literary magazines over the years, such as Open Letter and West Coast Line. Two prose books are Diamond Grill, a biofiction about growing up in a small-town Chinese-Canadian cafe (1996), Faking It: Poetics and Hybridity, a collection of essays (2000). He has published many books of poetry including, recently, two collections of poetry, Sentenced to Light and is a door plus a selected edited by Louis Cabri titled The False Laws of Narrative.

Fred Wah has recently been appointed as Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate.