Compton has published books of poetry, essays, and fiction, and he 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 program director of Creative Writing at Simon Fraser University's Continuing Studies.