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News Spotlight - February 2012

Evelyn Lau - Vancouver's Third Poet Laureate
Evelyn Lau has been named Vancouver’s third Poet Laureate. Lau was born in Vancouver in 1971 and is the author of five volumes of poetry, two works of non-fiction, two short story collections and a novel, with works translated into a dozen languages worldwide.

The Poet Laureate is an honorary position established by Vancouver City Council to celebrate literature and poetry in Vancouver. The position is funded through an endowment established by Dr. Yosef Wosk, OBC. During a three-year term, the Poet Laureate champions poetry, language and the arts.
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B.C.’s Wah Appointed Canada's Poet Laurete
Vancouver's Fred Wah has been named Canada's next Parliamentary Poet Laureate.

Mr. Wah has been writing and publishing since 1965. Author of five limited-edition chapbooks and 18 books, his repertoire includes the 1986 Governor General Award-wining poetry book Waiting for Saskatchewan. Fred Wah has consistently challenged and thrilled readers and has had a major influence on multiple generations of writers.

Federal legislators created the position of Parliamentary Poet Laureate in 2001 to draw Canadians’ attention to the reading and writing of poetry. The Laureate’s official duties include composing poetry (particularly for use in Parliament on occasions of state), sponsoring poetry readings, and advising the Parliamentary Librarian on the Library’s collection and acquisitions to enrich the collection’s cultural holdings.

Mr. Wah is the fifth poet and second British Columbian to hold this office. George Bowering was Poet Laureate from 2002 to 2004.

Beyond the Curtain
Beyond the Curtain, a research study funded by the Ontario Media Development Corporation, has released a report on the impact and the opportunities presented by digital media and digital technologies on the Canadian performing arts community. Click here for more details and to access the report.