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KPU Reading Series

Every year, KPU’s Creative Writing Department, with the help of the Canada Council, brings some of the best and most exciting new and established writers from all over Canada to our campuses. The visiting writers usually give a short reading and talk and then afterwards they answer your questions about their work, the writing life, or whatever it is their reading made you want to know. Books are sold after the reading so if you like what you’ve heard, you can buy a copy and have it signed.  Readings usually take place in the Conference Centre on the Surrey campus and everyone is welcome to join.

Spring 2018 Readings

Rita Wong and Cindy Mochizuki

Tuesday, January 23rd, 4:00pm, Surrey Campus Conference Centre

Our first event this semester is a joint presentation from poet Rita Wong and visual artist Cindy Mochizuki on their graphic narrative about water, perpetual. To open the event, we will also be hearing from CRWR students Mikayla Fawcett and Gabriel Craven about their collaborative online post-apocalyptic graphic narrative The Here, After Now.

rita wong

Rita Wong lives and works on unceded Coast Salish Territories, also known as Vancouver. Dedicated to questions of water justice, decolonization and ecology, she is the author of monkeypuzzle, forage, sybil unrest (with Larissa Lai), undercurrent, and perpetual (with Cindy Mochizuki), as well as the co-editor of Downstream: Reimagining Water (with Dorothy Christian).

cindy mochizuki

Photo credit: Van Document

Cindy Mochizuki creates multi-media installation, audio fiction, performance, animation, drawings, and community-engaged projects. Her works explore the manifestation of story and its relationship to site-specific histories, performativity and memory work. She has exhibited and screened in Canada, US, and Asia. In 2015, she received the Vancouver’s Mayor’s Arts Award in New Media and Film. She has received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies from the School For Contemporary Arts. She lives and works in Vancouver, Canada.


Fall 2017 Readings

Tasha RecenoJustin Bige

Tasha Receno and Justin Bige

Thursday Sept 19th, 4:00pm, Surrey Campus Conference Centre

Tasha Receno is a spoken word artist as well as a fiction and non-fiction writer from Vancouver, BC. She was crowned the Vancouver Poetry Slam Champion in 2015 and 2016. She was on the Slamapalooza Slam Team in 2014 and the Vancouver Poetry Slam Team in 2015. She competed and placed in the finals at the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam in 2015, and placed 3rd out of 40 poets across the nation in 2016. She also represented Vancouver at the Women of the World Poetry Slam in New York, and has been interviewed and performed on CBC News. She is currently taking a break from her BA in Creative Writing to see where poetry, and life, takes her.

Justin Bige is a budding social justice activist and creative writing student from Surrey, BC. He works towards decolonization first and foremost. In 2017, he has performed his poetry at Talking Stick Festival’s Indigenuity, Kwantlen First Nation, Vancouver Poetry Slam and Slamapalooza. He’s also active in the fight against Kinder Morgan and works with the movement Stand With Kwantlen. Justin spends his young adulthood writing, performing, activist-ing, connecting with his Dene and Cree roots, and the Coast Salish roots of the Lower Mainland in New West where he resides. 


Raoul FernandesPenelope So

Raoul Fernandez and Penelope So

Tuesday November 21st, 4:00pm, Surrey Campus Conference Centre

Raoul Fernandes lives and writes in Vancouver, BC. His first collection of poems, Transmitter and Receiver (Nightwood Editions, 2015) won the Dorothy Livesay Award and the Debut-litzer Award for Poetry in 2016 and was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and the Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry.  He has been published in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including the Best Canadian Poetry 2015.

Penelope So is pursuing a BA in Creative Writing from Kwantlen Polytechnic University and is a member of Kwantlen Creative Writing Guild and Women Writing Collective. Her work focuses on impermanence, intimacy and general humanness, and can be found in pulp mag, issue 12. Current projects include a book of poetry, a children's book and a graphic novel. She lives in Richmond, BC and likes fish for dinner.

Writer in Residence

Every year KPU Creative Writing brings in a Writer In Residence. This visiting writer works for three days in consultations with students. The 2016-2017 visiting writer was Kwantlen First Nation poet, playwright and storyteller, Joseph Dandurand.

Joseph Dandurand



If you are looking for readings in the lower mainland, here are some other places to check out: