Ray Hsu

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Ray Hsu
Occupation Poet
Nationality Canadian
Notable works Cold Sleep Permanent Afternoon, Anthropy

Ray Hsu is a Canadian poet.


Hsu grew up in Toronto, Ontario. He received an Honours B.A. and an M.A. in English literature from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. in English Literary Studies from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. While completing his Ph.D., he taught for over two years at Oakhill Correctional Institution, where he founded the Prison Writing Workshop[citation needed]. He taught as a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia.[1] He now teaches at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia.[2]

He has published over a hundred and fifty poems and essays in over fifty magazines internationally. His work has appeared in such anthologies as Breathing Fire 2: Canada's New Poets[3] and The Echoing Years: An Anthology of Poetry from Canada & Ireland. In 2007, Hsu and his work were the subject of an episode of the television documentary series Heart of a Poet[4] produced by Canadian filmmaker Maureen Judge. In 2015, he was featured on the cover of Contemporary Verse 2, Canada's oldest poetry magazine, for its 40th anniversary issue.[5]

In 2013, he was named one of Vancouver's "most promising entrepreneurs" by the Globe and Mail [6] for an online marketplace for writers called ROOM+BOARD, which has since closed. He continues to work at the intersection of art and technology, most recently in the field of virtual reality.


  • Anthropy (2004)[7]
  • Cold Sleep Permanent Afternoon (2010)[8]



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