February 28, 2013

Interview with Fred Wah

Frederick James Wah (born January 23, 1939) is a Canadian poet, novelist, scholar and the current Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate. Wah was born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, but grew up in the interior (West Kootenay) of British Columbia. His Canadian-born father was raised in China, the son of a Chinese father and a Scots-Irish mother. Fred Wah's mother was a Swedish-born Canadian who came to Canada at age 6. His diverse ethnic makeup figures significantly in his writings.

On December 20, 2011, Wah was appointed as Canada's Parliamentary Poet Laureate. Mr. Wah is the fifth poet to hold this office.
Interview with Fred Wah. Source: Angela Jung.·