Fred Wah studied music and English literature in the early 1960s at the University of British Columbia, where he was one of the founding editors of the poetry newsletter TISH. After graduate work in the US, he returned in the late 1960s to the Kootenays, where he taught at Selkirk College and was the founding coordinator of the writing program at David Thompson University Centre. He taught creative writing and poetics at the University of Calgary from 1989 until 2003. He has been editorially involved with a number of literary magazines over the years, such as Open Letter and West Coast Line. Recent books are Diamond Grill, a biofiction about hybridity and growing up in a small-town Chinese-Canadian cafe (1996), Faking It: Poetics and Hybridity, a collection of essays (2000), and two collections of poetry, Sentenced to Light (2008) and is a door (2009). Louis Cabri has edited a selected, The False Laws of Narrative (2009).