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Simon Fraser University Special Collections and Rare Books Fred Wah fonds
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Research records, works of others, and works about Wah

Series consists of various research records, works of others, and works about Wah, as well as other types of related records, such as correspondence, used by Wah for both personal and professional purposes.

The records in this series have been arranged into the following two sub-series: Works about Wah, and General records.

General records

Sub-series consists of records relating to Wah's professional service and activities, including his service on various groups and committees (excluding the Writers’ Union of Canada), his work as a judge for literary prizes, his applications for grants, and related activities. Records include correspondence, manuscripts and drafts of works of others, and administrative records.

Writings and related records

Series consists of works written by Wah as well as other types of records relating to Wah's writing. It contains writing drafts, manuscript pages, and published works of Wah's, as well as related records such as notes, correspondence, research records, and reviews of Wah’s works written by others.

The records in this series have been arranged into the following three sub-series: Diamond grill records, Faking it records, and General records.

Diamond grill records

This series consists of records such as writing drafts, notes, and research records relating to the book "Diamond Grill," published by NeWest Press in 1996. The book is a semi-fictional biography recounting Wah's childhood experiences.

Faking it records

Sub-series consists of records such as writing drafts, correspondence, and research records relating to the book "Faking It: Critical Writing 1984-1999," published by NeWest Press in 2000. The book is a collection of Wah's writings, including poems, essays, reviews, journals, and notes.

General records

Series consists of general research records and works of others kept by Wah for personal and professional purposes, as well as other types of records relating to these works, such as related correspondence.

Academic work records

Series consists of records relating to Wah's work at various academic institutions, including Selkirk College, the David Thompson University Centre, and the University of Calgary. Records include course material and student assignments, instructional resources used by Wah, and administrative records created through Wah's employment at these various academic institutions.

The records in this series have been arranged into the following five sub-series: bpNichol seminar records, Course records, General instruction records, Markin-Flanagan residency records, and Administrative and general records.

Course records

Sub-series consists of records relating to specific courses taught by Wah. Records are primarily related to his work at the University of Calgary, though one file contains records relating to a course given at the University of Regina. Records include course syllabi and assignments, course readings, enrolment records, and student work.

General instruction records

Sub-series consists of materials relating to Wah's work as instructor at various institutions, including Selkirk College and the University of Calgary. Records include pedagogical resources, as well as instructional materials not related to one specific course, or where the course is not known.

Markin-Flanagan residency records

Sub-series consists of records relating to the University of Calgary's Markin-Flanagan Distinguished Writers Program. The program was established in 1993, and includes two distinct streams: the Distinguished Visiting Writers, and the Writers-In-Residence. Wah served on the steering committee for the program, participated in the five-year review of the program in 1998 as well as the program's 10th anniversary in 2003. Records include internal correspondence, notes, and administrative records such as meeting minutes.

Administrative and general records

Sub-series consists of records relating to Wah's work at various academic institutions, including Selkirk College, the David Thompson University Centre, and the University of Calgary. Records include administrative records from Wah’s employers, as well as other general records relating to professional activities, such as letters of reference written for current or former students.

General records

Sub-series consists of records relating to Series consists of records relating to the various residencies and related programs that Wah has participated in during his career. Wah has participated in several residencies throughout his career, including being a writer-in-residence at the University of Alberta from 1988-1989, and at Simon Fraser University from 2006-2007. He has also participated in residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts. Records include correspondence, promotional materials, and administrative records.

Professional service and activities records

Series consists of records relating to Wah's non-instructional professional activities and service, including his editorial work, his service on various groups and committees, his work as a judge for various literary prizes, his applications for grants, and related activities. Records include correspondence, works of others, and administrative records.

The records in this series have been arranged into the following three sub-series: Editorial records, The Writers' Union of Canada, and General records.

The Writers' Union of Canada records

Sub-series consists of records relating to Wah’s activities as a member of the Writers’ Union of Canada. Records include correspondence, publications of the union, and administrative records.

The records in this sub-series have been arranged into the following two sub-sub-series: Racial Minorities Committee records, and General records.

General records

Sub-sub-series consists of records relating to Wah’s general activities as a member of the Writers’ Union of Canada, excluding those relating to the Racial Minorities Committee. Records include internal correspondence, publications of the union, and administrative records.

Residency records

Series consists of records relating to the various residencies and related programs that Wah has participated in during his career. These residencies have primarily been writer-in-residence programs at various academic and non-academic institutions, the most notable of which being his tenure as the Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate from 2011-2013. Records include correspondence, promotional materials, and administrative records.

The records in this series have been arranged into the following two sub-series: Parliamentary Poet Laureate, and General records.

Parliamentary Poet Laureate records

Sub-series consists of records relating to Wah’s activities as Parliamentary Poet Laureate of Canada, a position he occupied from 2011-2013. Records include correspondence, writings by Wah, travel and event records, and administrative records.

bpNicol seminar records

Sub-series consists of records relating to a graduate seminar about bpNichol's work "Martyrology" given at both the University of Calgary and at Simon Fraser University, with Wah teaching the University of Calgary section and Roy Miki teaching the one at Simon Fraser University. The course used the electronic mailing list (listserv) "beep-l" as the medium of communication for the two sections of the seminar. The course culminated in a colloquium entitled "Beyond the Orchard: A joint graduate colloquium on bpNichol’s The Martyrology." Writings from the course and colloquium were later published in a volume of the same name. Records include correspondence and course material.

Works about Wah

Series consists of works written by others about Wah. It includes reviews of Wah's work, academic works written about Wah's poetry and other writings, and interviews with Wah.

Editorial records

Sub-series consists of records relating to Wah's editorial activities. Wah has worked as both an editor of various literary periodicals, and has also edited the poetry manuscripts of friends, colleagues, and peers. Records include correspondence, works of others, and administrative records.

Racial Minorities Committee records

Sub-sub-series consists of records relating to Wah’s activities with the Racial Minorities Committee of the Writers’ Union of Canada. Records include publications of the committee, internal correspondence, research records, and administrative records.

Personal records

Series consists of various types of records relating to Wah's personal activities. Records include photographs, notes and course materials from his days as a university student, personal calendars, and records relating to Wah's 20th high school reunion.