The Fred Wah Digital Archive
Compiled and with an Introduction by Susan Rudy
Fred Wah is one of the most innovative, engaged, and politically astute writers and critics to have emerged from western Canada in the second half of the twentieth century. In December 2011, he was named Canada's fifth Parliamentary Poet Laureate, a position he will hold for two years.
Since 1965, Wah has published twenty-four books of poetry, the first entitled Lardeau (1965), the most recent, is a door (2009). Waiting For Saskatchewan (1985) won him a Governor General's Literary Award in 1986 and So Far was awarded the Stephanson Award for Poetry in 1992.
This is the beta version of The Fred Wah Digital Archive, the primary purpose of which is to make the complete work of Fred Wah available. The site also publicizes information what Fred Wah is doing right now. Look here for announcements about upcoming and recent readings, as well as audio, video and image files of and textual information about those readings.
Whenever possible, the site includes scanned full-text digital images of Fred Wah's texts. In the case of recently published and available work, portions of the text will be available here with a link to the publisher. Annotated bibliographical information has been included for all works. The site will soon include a wide range of secondary and critical material published from the 1960s to the present. A sample of both very early (MacCallum 1966) and very recent (Jaeger 2010) scholarship on Wah has been downloaded. Much more will follow.
New digitized works are being uploaded daily. The texts below have been added recently. To see all material currently available, please click on the "Audio," "Digitized Works," "Images," or "Video" links (above left) or simply click on "browse" (above right).
An announcement will be made here when the site is to be officially launched.