86 Scree: Fred Wah in Conversation with Colin Browne

British Columbia
Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 1:30pm
Studio 1398

At the age of 77, Fred Wah is still very much a working poet, actively writing and performing public readings. He’s been a fixture in Canada’s literary scene since the 1960s when, as a UBC student, he helped found the avant-garde poetry magazine Tish. Wah has published 17 books of poetry, received a Governor General’s Award, the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2012. He served as Parliamentary Poet Laureate from 2011 to 2013. This year Talonbooks released Scree: The Collected Earlier Poems, 1962-1991, which collects Wah’s concrete and sound poetry of the 1960s, his landscape-centric work of the 1970s, and his ethnicity-oriented poems of the 1980s. Join Wah as he casts his poetic eye over his evolution as an artist.