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Laiwan is an interdisciplinary artist, writer and educator. Born in Zimbabwe (then known as Rhodesia) to Chinese parents, Laiwan immigrated with her parents to Canada in 1977 and settled in Vancouver where she attended secondary school, followed by post-secondary education at Emily Carr College of Art and Design, and later Simon Fraser University (MFA).


Tender: Selected Poems

Vancouver: Talonbooks, 2020.
PS8623 .A3975 T46 2020

Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)

Within the contours of TENDER lie field notes from a life lived across multiple affinities, kinships, and desires. Equally visual and textual, TENDER is a beautifully complex collection spanning thirty years of curious inquiry into our shared human–animal condition. Laiwan traverses diverse terrains – the body, land, language – which are rooted in her courageous and uncompromising history of activism and in experiences of building community across and beyond difference. TENDER offers a radical and decolonizing cleansing of all that oppresses and alienates.


Laiwan personal website

Publisher Talonbooks