Larissa Lai is an enchanting and compelling voice in modern poetry. Her first full-length solo poetry book Automaton Biographies (Arsenal Pulp) was shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Award.
She is the author of two novels, When Fox Is a Thousand (shortlisted for the Books in Canada First Novel Award) and Salt Fish Girl (shortlisted for the Sunburst Award, the Tiptree Award and the City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Award).
She is also the author of Eggs in the Basement (shortlisted for the bp nichol Chapbook Award); and sybil unrest (Line Books), co-authored with Rita Wong.
In 1995, Larissa was the recipient of an Astraea Foundation Emerging Writers’ Award. In 2004, West Coast Line published a special issue on her work. Through the 90s, she was a cultural organizer and critic in feminist, GLBTQ and anti-racist communities in Vancouver.
Now, as an Assistant Professor in English at UBC, she publishes and teaches in the areas of race, memory, biopower and relation.
A critical monograph entitled Slanting “I”, Imagining “We”: Asian Canadian Formations, Relations and Strategies in the 80s and 90s is forthcoming through the TransCanada series at Wilfrid Laurier University Press.
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In the September 28 gathering of Surrey Muse, Larissa will present a selection from her published and unpublished poems.
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Surrey Muse Program 2012