About Us

Jim Wong-Chu (1947-2017)

Jim Wong-Chu | Founder 
The first Festival Director of LiterASIAN, Jim Wong-Chu is a pioneer of Asian Canadian literature, and a poet whose book Chinatown Ghosts (Arsenal Pulp Press) was one of the first poetry book by an Asian Canadian writer. In addition to co-editing Swallowing Clouds, he co-edited the fiction anthology Many Mouthed Birds. After founding Ricepaper Magazine, Jim went on to establish LiterASIAN as the first Canadian literary arts festival featuring writers of Asian descent. Jim passed away in 2017


Allan Cho | Festival Director
Allan is Executive Director of the Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop (ACWW), and works as an academic librarian at the University of British Columbia. Allan is actively engaged in a number of initiatives in the community, and served on the board of the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC and Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society. He has written for the Georgia Straight, Diverse Magazine, and Ricepaper. His fiction has appeared in the anthologies, The Strangers and Eating Stories. He is one of the founders of LiterASIAN Writers Festival and is a co-editor of the anthology, AlliterAsian: Celebrating Twenty Years of Ricepaper Magazine.


Sophie Munk | Festival Coordinator 
Sophie is a recent graduate from McGill University, where she majored in international development and history. She is currently an intern for PCHC-MoM Society, one of ACWW’s partner organizations. She has a background in community based initiatives, research, and service. She is planning on pursuing a career focusing on the relationship between culture and health governance in an international context.

JF Garrard

JF Garrard | Festival Coordinator
JF Garrard the founder of Dark Helix Press, Co-President of the Canadian Authors Association Toronto Branch, Senior Editor for Ricepaper Magazine and an Assistant Editor for Amazing Stories Magazine. She is an editor and writer of speculative fiction (Dark Helix Ezine, Trump Utopia or Dystopia Anthology, The Undead Sorceress) and non-fiction (The Literary Elephant). Her short fiction has made appearances here and there: “The Metamorphosis of Nova” (Iguana Books’ Blood is Thicker), “The Perfect Husband” (Renaissance Press’ We Shall Be Monsters), “My Girl” (Sirens Call Publications’ Issue 37, Women In Horror Month Issue) and “The Intruder” (Strange Constellations, forthcoming 2019).

Festival Team
Ted Alcuitas
Herman Cheng
Winnie Cheung
Jo-Ann Chiu
Ada Con
Alyssa DeJesus
Marlene Enns
Sean Gunn
JF Garrard
Gina Hsu
Alyssa Leung
Eric Li
Patricia Lim
Julia Lin
Bonnie Low
Vanessa Lowe
Sarah Suk
William Tham
Sid Tan
Thi Tran
David HT Wong
Evelyn Wong
Cynda Yeasting
Evelyn Wong
Kristen Wong

We would like to acknowledge that we are located on the unceded traditional territories of the Skwxwú7mesh, Səl̓ílwətaɬ and xʷməθkwəy̓əm First Nations.