Author / University Instructor / Community Activist, Vancouver, BC. Born: Vancouver, BC.
Wayde Compton is a author who has published two books of poetry (49th Parallel Psalm and Performance Bond) and the first comprehensive anthology of Black writing from British Columbia (Blueprint: Black British Columbian Literature and Orature). He is one of the publishers of Commodore books, the first Black-oriented press in Western Canada, and co-founder of the Hogan’s Alley Memorial Project, an organization dedicated to preserving the public memory of Vancouver’s original Black community.
In addition to his published writing, Wayde performs turntable-based sound poetry with Jason de Couto as a duo called, The Contact Zone Crew, and teaches English Composition and Literature at Emily Carr University of Art and Design and Coquitlam College.
Other works: Forthcoming book (Fall 2010) entitled, After Canaan: Essays on Race, Writing, and Region.
Favourite book? The Arrivants by Kamau Brathwaite. It is an epic tale of the Black poetic voice in the Americas.
Favourite quote? “The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.” – John 3:8
Given the chance, what would you love to do that you haven’t done yet? Write a novel.
Who or what inspires you? My family, my friends, my communities.
Why do you do what you do? See my favourite quotation, above.