Poetry stage talent

On this page, you can find more information about the exciting talent at this year’s Word Vancouver. There is also a chance for you to adopt an author and receive a signed copy of their book! To check out the stage’s schedule on Sunday, September 29, click the button below.


Marilyn Bowering

@hutchisoncove | marilynbowering.com

Marilyn Bowering is a poet, novelist and librettist. She has received many national and international awards for her work. Her opera with Gavin Bryars received its UK premiere in May.

Marilyn’s new book of poems, What Is Long Past Occurs in Full Light, weaves meditations on absences and loss with personal, local and cultural memories. The poems flourish with transformative interconnections between literature, ecology, civilization, history and personal critique.

“Bowering is one of our essential poets. Despite her unflinching acknowledgement of the horrors humans visit on themselves and others, her vision is grounded in the subtle integrity of love.” - Jan Zwicky

“Tender. Passionate. Informed. Haunting.” - Jane Munro


Su Croll

Su Croll's work has garnered numerous awards and nominations, including the Kalamalka New Writers Competition, the Gerald Lampert Award, the Stephan G. Stephansson Award, and the Canadian Authors Association Poetry Award. Cold Metal Stairs is her third work of poetry. She lives and writes in Edmonton.


Heidi Greco

Heidi Greco is a longtime resident of Surrey, BC. In addition to writing and editing, she often leads workshops – on topics that range from ekphrastic poetry to chapbook making. She’s been an advocate for the literary arts in her community and was instrumental in establishing two distinct reading series, but she considers her greatest success to have been convincing her city to hire an official Poet Laureate. She writes in many genres – with poems, fiction, essays and book reviews to her credit. Her books include a novella, Shrinking Violets which was co-winner of the Ken Klonsky Award in 2011. Her work has also appeared in many anthologies, most recently in Make it True: Poetry from Cascadia (Leaf Press, 2015) and The Revolving City: 51 Poems and the Stories Behind Them (Anvil, 2015). In addition to making Sunday suppers for her adult sons, she keeps a sporadic blog at outonthebiglimb.blogspot.ca.


jennica harper


Jennica Harper is the author of three previous books of poetry: Wood (Anvil Press, 2013), which was shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay prize, What It Feels Like for a Girl (Anvil Press, 2008), and The Octopus and Other Poems (Signature Editions, 2006). Her poetry has been translated for the stage (Initiation Trilogy), gone viral, and won Silver at the National Magazine Awards. Jennica also writes for television, and lives with her family in Vancouver.

About Jennica’s latest book: Bounce House is a collection of small containers for the uncontainable. Restrained in form but not feeling, Harper's fourth book explores the cyclical nature of grief, imperfect parenting, and our willingness to jump without promise of a safe landing. Measured and meticulously weighted, these poems are playful and poignant as they navigate the strange terrain around losing a loved one: how the past and present blur together, the dead simultaneously here and missing, and how joy moves inevitably forward, as if on wheels.



Eve Joseph's three books of poetry were nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Award. In the Slender Margin won the Hubert Evans nonfiction award. Quarrels won the 2019 Griffin Prize.

About Eve’s latest book: The poems in this collection reach for something other than truth, the marvellous. Leaves fall out of coat sleeves, Gandhi swims in Burrard Inlet. There are leaps between logics within the poems, and it is in these illogical spaces where everything comes together, like the uplift of the conductor's hand to begin a piece of music where, as Arvo Part put it, the potential of the whole exists.

Note: Eve has been adopted by Fernanda Viveiros.


Fiona Tinwei Lam

Fiona Tinwei Lam has authored two poetry books and a children’s book. She edited The Bright Well: Contemporary Canadian Poems on Facing Cancer and co-edited Love Me True: Writers Reflect on the Ins, Outs, Ups & Downs of Marriage with Jane Silcott. She has won The New Quarterly’s Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest and was a finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award. Her work appears in over thirty anthologies, including The Best of the Best Canadian Poetry in English: The Tenth Anniversary Edition and Forcefield: 77 Women Poets of BC. Her poetry videos have screened at festivals locally and internationally. She teaches at Simon Fraser University’s Continuing Studies. Odes & Laments is her third collection of poetry. fionalam.net.

Note: Fiona has been adopted by Ricepaper Magazine.


Evelyn Lau

Evelyn Lau is the Vancouver author of twelve books, including seven volumes of poetry.  Her prose works have been translated into a dozen languages;  her poetry has received the Milton Acorn Award, the Pat Lowther Award, a National Magazine Award and a Governor-General's nomination.  From 2011-2014 she served as Vancouver's Poet Laureate.  Evelyn's most recent collection is Tumour (Oolichan, 2016).



Laura Matwichuk is the author of Near Miss. Her poems have been published in Canada and the US. She was a finalist for the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award.

Near Miss, Laura’s latest work, considers the relationship between close calls and the tenuous conditions of contemporary life. From actual cataclysms to everyday failures and accidents, these inventive poems collide with the perpetual unease created by unpredictability while contemplating mortality, fragility, gratitude and hopefulness.


Hasan Namir

@hnamir | facebook.com/hasannamir

Hasan Namir was born in Iraq in 1987. He graduated from Simon Fraser University with a BA in English and received the Ying Chen Creative Writing Student Award. He is the author of God in Pink (2015), which won the Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Fiction and was chosen as one of the Top 100 Books of 2015 by The Globe and Mail. His work has also been featured on Huffington Post, Shaw TV, Airbnb, and in the film God in Pink: A Documentary. He lives with his husband in Vancouver.

Hasan Namir’s debut collection of poetry, War / Torn, is a brazen and lyrical interrogation of religion and masculinity—the performance and sense of belonging they delineate and draw together. Namir summons prayer, violence, and the sensuality of love, revisiting tenets of Islam and dictates of war to break the barriers between the profane and the sacred.


Jude Neale

Jude Neale is a Canadian poet, vocalist, spoken word performer and mentor. She has been shortlisted, highly commended and finalist for many international and national competitions. Jude has written seven books. Her book, A Quiet Coming of Light, A Poetic Memoir (Leaf Press) was a finalist for the 2015 Pat Lowther Memorial Award. In 2018, Jude and Bonnie Nish started an online collaboration which lead them to write, Cantata in Two Voices, in fifty challenging days. Her book, A Blooming, was published by Ekstasis Editions in May 2019 and We Sing Ourselves Back June 2019.


Marion Quednau

Marion Quednau has won numerous awards for poetry, including a National Magazine Award, a chapbook award for Kissing: Selected Chronicles from the League of Canadian Poets, a Malahat Long Poem Prize and has won the People’s Choice Award when short-listed for the CBC Poetry Prize. Her prose has also received critical acclaim, including the SmithBooks/Books in Canada First Novel Award. Paradise, Later Years is her first full-length collection of poems.



@onyawn | onjana.com

Onjana Yawnghwe has written two books of poetry, Fragments, Desire (Oolichan, 2017) and The Small Way (Caitlin, 2018), both of which were nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Prize. She is currently writing/illustrating a graphic novel about Burma/Myanmar. For more information, visit www.onjana.com.

About Onjana’s latest book: THE SMALL WAY is a passionate record of love and loss, and a naked exploration of vulnerability. The book is an elegy to love and memory, a chronicle of holding on and letting go.


howard white

Howard White was born in 1945 in Abbotsford, British Columbia. He was raised in a series of camps and settlements on the BC coast and never got over it. He is still to be found stuck barnacle-like to the shore at Pender Harbour, BC. He started Raincoast Chronicles and Harbour Publishing in the early 1970s and some of his other books include The Men There Were Then, The Sunshine Coast, Patrick and the Backhoe and The Airplane Ride. His selected works, Writing in the Rain, won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. He has also been awarded the Order of BC and the Order of Canada. His previous book of poetry, Ghost in the Gears, was a finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Prize.

Howard White says, "Some poets try to capture rare butterflies in their writing. The things I go after are more like houseflies." The comparison does him no favours but it is true inasmuch as his writing is notably unpretentious and concerned with common and everyday realities. That is, if your everyday realities include such things as sinking docks, driving bulldozers, arguing about sand, baseball, pouring without a funnel, dancing in the street, thought guns, coition, brainfarts, not sending sympathy cards, not shooting your father, and sea otters. In this book he also writes quite a bit about writing, not so much the kind of personal writing he does in this book so much as that he has done as an "accidental chronicler" for "a galaxy of voices" he acted as a "conduit" for in his work as a memoirist and publisher.


Rita Wong

Rita Wong is the co-editor of Downstream: Reimagining Water (with Dorothy Christian). She has written five books of poetry: beholden (with Fred Wah), undercurrent, sybil unrest (with Larissa Lai), forage (winner of Canada Reads Poetry 2011 and the 2008 Dorothy Livesay Prize), and monkeypuzzle, as well as a collection of graphic essays with Cindy Mochizuki called perpetual.  She was arrested in August 2018 for her principled opposition to expanding the TransMountain pipeline during a time of climate crisis and is facing jail time for this. Wong is active in solidarity efforts to protect the Peace Valley from being destroyed by the Site C dam as well as calling for BC and Canada to respect Wet’suwet’en law and land.

Rita has been adopted by ACWW and Robin Susanto.