Rita Wong

LiterASIAN - Rita Wong

Rita Wong is the author of four books of poetry: undercurrent (Nightwood 2015), sybil unrest (co-written with Larissa Lai, (Line Books 2008), forage (Nightwood 2007), and monkeypuzzle (Press Gang 1998). She was the first winner of the Jim Wong-Chu Emerging Writers Award, for monkeypuzzle. Building from her doctoral dissertation which examined labour in Asian North American literature, her work investigates the relationships between contemporary poetics, social justice, ecology, and decolonization. Her recent work, beholden: a poem as long as the river, co-written by author Fred Wah, 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.