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Fred Wah: Canada’s New Poet Laureate

Congratulations to Vancouver resident Fred Wah, the latest Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate. Wah is the 5th poet to be appointed to the position. He has been publishing poetry since the sixties, and during his career has won the Governor General’s Award, Alberta’s Stephanson Award, and the Dorothy Livesay Prize for his poetry, the Howard O’Hagan Award for his short fiction, and the Gabrielle Roy Prize for Literary Criticism for an essay collection.

Born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan (fun fact: the small city has a population of only 15,000, but gave us another of my favourite Canadian poets, Lorna Crozier), Wah will remain in the laureate position until 2013. My colleague Richard and I met Mr. Wah when we attended the BC Book Prizes two years ago, and he was great company.

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