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Ray Hsu

Ray Hsu earned both a bachelor’s (hon.) and masters degree in English literature from the University of Toronto prior to completing a Ph.D. in 2008 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  His doctoral thesis is entitled: Neutralizing Typical America.  Hsu has taught creative writing at the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, and the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Their poetry has been published in many literary magazines in Canada, the USA and the UK. With illustrator Jonathan Dalton, Hsu created a comic that is anthologized in Welcome to Mina’s that features a fictional diner in Vancouver, BC.



Roberts Creek, BC: Nightwood Editions, 2004.
PS8615 .S8 A67 2004

Publisher’s Synopsis

… Excavating sites of human cruelty and endurance, intimacy and experience, the poems in Anthropy fuse the scope of classical traditions to the disturbing agility of the moderns. Hsu artfully presents the fierce rigour of the philosophical mind engaged with the survival of histories.

Awards and Honours

2005 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award (League of Canadian Poets)(Winner)
2005 Trillium Book Award–Poetry (Finalist)

Poetry (Chapbook)

Gordian Chants

Toronto, Ont.: Junction Books, 2001.

Published in an edition of 125.

Publisher’s Synopsis


Cold Sleep Permanent Afternoon

Gibsons, BC: Nightwood Editions, 2010.
PS8615 .S8 C64 2010

Publisher’s Synopsis

… is the second book in a prospective trilogy that explores the “grammar of personhood.”

Awards and Honours

2010 Alcuin Society Awards for excellence in book design in Canada– Category: Poetry — Carleton Wilson, Designer (2nd prize winner)


Publisher Nightwood Editions