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Lunch Poems at SFU

April 16th, 2012

SFU will be hosting lunchtime readings every month featuring well-known and up-and-coming poets. This is a free event. Everyone is welcome. If feasting on words is not enough, feel free to bring your lunch.

This month lunch poems @sfu presents:
Wayde Compton (the new Director of the SFU Writers’ Studio)
and his guest poet Rahat Kurd

When: Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 12 noon to 1 pm
Where: Teck Gallery (on main floor), SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC map

Wayde Compton is a Vancouver writer whose books include After Canaan: Essays on Race, Writing, and Region, Performance Bond, Bluesprint: Black British Columbian Literature and Orature and 49th Parallel Psalm. He and Jason de Couto perform turntable-based sound poetry as a duo called The Contact Zone Crew. Compton is also a co-founding member of the Hogan’s Alley Memorial Project, an organization dedicated to preserving the public memory of Vancouver’s original black community (see HAMP’s blog here). He is also one of the publishers of Commodore Books. Wayde Compton is the Director of The Writer’s Studio, a creative writing program in Continuing Studies at Simon Fraser University. He also teaches English composition and literature at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

Rahat Kurd is an arts, politics and culture writer whose first suite of published poems, “Surplus Knowledge”, appeared in The New Quarterly in spring 2011, and has been nominated for a National Magazine Award. Rahat comes from a multi-lingual family. Having studied Arabic, Urdu, Farsi, Spanish, German and French, she is intrigued by gaps of meaning between similar words in different languages, and by the use of traditional poetic forms in English such as the ghazal. As a poet she is compelled by the idea that making metaphor and imagery can be acts of translation that attempt to cross these gaps. She lives in Vancouver with her eight-year-old son, Aijaz.

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