Wayde Compton

photo by Ayelet Tsabari.

Wayde Compton is a Vancouver-based poet (Forty-Ninth Parallel Psalm, Performance Bond), anthologist (Bluesprint: Black British Columbian Orature and Literature), essayist (After Canaan: Essays on Race, Writing, and Region), and short story writer (title forthcoming). With David Chariandy and Karina Vernon, he is the publisher of Western Canada’s first and only Black literary press, Commodore Books. 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, and Director of The Writer’s Studio and the Southbank Writer’s Program, two creative writing institutions in Continuing Studies at Simon Fraser University.




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