Rita Wong is a poet and associate professor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Wong investigates the relationships between contemporary poetics, social justice, ecology and decolonization. For some time now, she has been researching the poetics of water. A recipient of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and the Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop Emerging Writer Award, Wong is the author of monkeypuzzle (Press Gang, 1998), forage (Nightwood, 2007, short-listed for the 2008 Asian American Literary Award for Poetry, winner of Canada Reads Poetry 2011), sybil unrest (Line Books, 2008, with Larissa Lai), and undercurrent (Nightwood, 2015). Wong co-authored with Fred Wah the map-length poem beholden: a poem as long as the river (Talonbooks, 2018). In 2017 she co-edited with Dorothy Christian Downstream: Reimagining Water, a collection of work on the theme of water for the Environmental Humanities series with WLU Press.