Fred Wah was born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan in 1939, but he grew up in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia.
Studying at UBC in the early 1960s, 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 in the late 1960s, founding the writing program at DTUC before moving on to teach at the University of Calgary. A pioneer of on-line publishing, he has mentored a generation of some of the most exciting new voices in poetry today.
The author of seventeen books, Fred Wah is currently Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate.
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