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). forage won Canada Reads Poetry 2011.
Wong received the Asian Canadian Writers Workshop Emerging Writer Award in 1997, and the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize in 2008.
Rita is an Associate Professor in Critical and Cultural Studies at Emily Carr University in Vancouver, where she is also researching ‘the poetics of water’. And ‘in thinking through the world from the perspective of water’, she learns more about the relationships between poetry, social justice, ecology, and decolonization.
At the April 24 gathering of Surrey Muse, Rita will open the Open Mic session with her poetry.