Fred Wah

Fred Wah was born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, and grew up in the West Kootenays in British Columbia. He has written more than a dozen books of poetry, and has received major literary awards including the Governor General’s award for Waiting for Saskatchewan, Alberta’s Stephanson Award for So Far, and the Dorothy Livesay prize for poetry for is a door. His recent work, beholden: a poem as long as the river, co-written by author Rita Wong, is comprised of two lines of poetic text flowing along a 114-foot-long map of the Columbia River. Authors Fred Wah and Rita Wong present language yearning to understand the consequences of our hydroelectric manipulation of one of North America’s largest river systems.