Fred Wah, Order of Canada, was born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan in 1939 but grew up in the Kootenays in southeast British Columbia. He has published since the early 1960s and is a former Parliamentary Poet Laureate. Recent books are Diamond Grill, a biofiction (NeWest Press, 1996); Faking It: Poetics and Hybridity, a collection of essays (NeWest, 2000); and two collections of poetry, Sentenced to Light (Talonbooks, 2008) and is a door (Talonbooks, 2009). In 2015 Talonbooks published Scree: The Collected Earlier Poems, 1962-1991.