Wayde Compton

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Wayde Compton (right) performing with Jason de Couto at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 2006

Wayde Compton (born 1972) is a Canadian writer. He was born in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Compton has published two books of poetry, one book of essays, and edited the first comprehensive anthology of black writing from British Columbia. He co-founded Commodore Books with David Chariandy and Karina Vernon in 2006, the first black-oriented press in Western Canada. He also co-founded the Hogan's Alley Memorial Project in 2002, a grassroots organization that archives the history of Vancouver's black community. In addition to his published writing, Compton also performs turntable-based sound poetry with Jason de Couto. Compton is the Director of The Writer's Studio, a creative writing program at Simon Fraser University. He also teaches English at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

In 1996 he penned the semi-autobiographical poem "Declaration of the Halfrican Nation".[1][2]



  • 49th Parallel Psalm (1999)
  • Performance Bond (2004)


  • After Canaan: Essays on Race, Writing, and Region (2010)


  • Bluesprint: Black British Columbian Literature and Orature (2001)


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