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Fred Wah

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Fred Wah was born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan in 1939 but grew up in the West Kootenays of B.C. He was one of the founding editors of TISH at UBC. After graduate school in Buffalo, he returned to the Kootenays in the late 1960's and then taught creative writing and poetics at the University of Calgary for many years. He has been editorially involved with a number of literary magazines such as Open Letter and West Coast Line and is on the collective of the Kootenay School of Writing. He has published poetry, short fiction, and criticism. He splits his time between Vancouver and the Kootenays/

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Diamond Grill. Edmonton, AB: NeWest Press, 1996.
Alley Alley Home Free. Red Deer, AB: Red Deer College Press, 1992.
So Far. Vancouver: Talonbooks, 1991.
Music at the Heart of Thinking. Red Deer, AB: Red Deer College Press, 1987.
Waiting For Saskatchewan. Winnipeg, MB: Turnstone Press, 1985.
Faking It: Poetics and Hybridity. NeWest Press, 2000
Sentenced to Light. Talonbooks, 2008


Howard O'Hagan prize for short fiction, Writers' Guild of Alberta for Diamond Grill, 1996.
Stephanson Prize for Poetry, Writers Guild of Alberta for So Far, 1991.
Governor-General's Award for Poetry for Waiting for Saskatchewan, 1985.
Gabrielle Roy Prize for Criticism for Faking It: Poetics and Hybridity, 2001
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