Reading: Fred Wah & Hoa Nguyen

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When: 8 March 2012, doors 7:30PM, reading 8:00PM

Where: St. Stephen-in-the-field Church (Bellevue & College) — enter at red door on College

ABSOLUTELY 100% FREE, with refreshments

The English Department of Ryerson University and Toronto New School of Writing’s Visiting Author Series together present an evening of readings by Parliamentary Poet Laureate Fred Wah and poet Hoa Nguyen.


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.


Born in the Mekong Delta and raised in the DC area, HOA NGUYEN studied Poetics at New College of California in San Francisco. With the poet Dale Smith, Nguyen founded Skanky Possum, a poetry journal and book imprint. The author of eight books poetry and chapbooks, she lives in Toronto Ontario where she teaches poetry and curates a reading series. Her third full length book is forthcoming this year from Wave Books.

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