2006 – Roy Miki

Roy Miki was born in Manitoba in 1942 on a sugar beet farm that his parents had been forcibly sent to six months earlier. A third-generation Japanese-Canadian, Miki has long been active in the successful Redress Movement. As well as a recognized poet, Miki teaches at Simon Fraser University, and is a well-known editor and biographer.

With a BA from Manitoba, an MA from Simon Fraser and a PhD from British Columbia, Roy Miki is Professor in the English department at Simon Fraser University who specializes in Canadian and American poetry and poetics, Canadian cultural studies, and Asian Canadian literature.

He has published widely on Canadian writers such as bpNichol, George Bowering, and Roy Kiyooka, and has been the editor of two influential journals, Line and West Coast Line.   He is also the author of Broken Entries: Race, Subjectivity, Writing and three books of poems, one of which, Surrender, received the 2002 Governor General’s Award.

Recent critical articles appear in Changing Japanese Identities in Multicultural Canada and Home-Work: Postcolonialism, Pedagogy and Canadian Literature. His latest book is Redress: Inside the Japanese Canadian Call for Justice.