Dr. Rita K. Y. Wong


Collaborator - Emily Carr University of Art + Design


Rita Wong is the author of four books of poetry: undercurrent (Nightwood Editions, 2015), sybil unrest (co-written with Larissa Lai, Line Books, 2008), forage (Nightwood 2007, winner of Canada Reads Poetry 2011), and monkeypuzzle (Press Gang 1998). Her poems have appeared widely in anthologies such as The Winter We Danced: Voices From the Past, the Future, and the Idle No More Movement; The Enpipe Line; Regreen: New Canadian Ecological Poetry; Prismatic Publics: Innovative Canadian Women’s Poetry and Poetics; The Harbrace Anthology of Poetry; Making a Difference: Canadian Multicultural Literature; Canadian Literature in English, and more.  She has received the Asian Canadian Writers Workshop Emerging Writer Award and the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. Her writing has appeared in journals like Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education and Society; the Feminist Review; Capitalism Nature Socialism; and in anthologies like Thinking with Water (essay co-authored with Dorothy Christian).

Wong lives on the unceded Coast Salish territories otherwise known as Vancouver, BC, Canada, where her work investigates the relationships between contemporary poetics, social justice, ecology, and decolonization. She is an Associate Professor in Critical and Cultural Studies at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, where she has developed a humanities course focused on water, for which she received a fellowship from the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. She also serves as the President of Emily Carr University's Faculty Association, creatively facing the question of what intergenerational renewal and solidarity in contemporary post-secondary education may entail. In her journey to cultivate watershed consciousness, Dr. Wong has been working with Dorothy Christian and others on a research creation project to embody the poetics of water, supported by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada. http://downstream.ecuad.ca/