Weyman Chan was born in Calgary, Alberta, in 1963, to immigrant parents from China. Chan wrote his first poem when he was thirteen years old. He has published poems and short stories in a wide variety of literary journals and anthologies. He won the 2002 National Magazine Awards silver prize for his poem “At work,” and the 2003 Alberta Book Award for his first book of poetry, “Before a Blue Sky Moon.” His second book, “Noise From the Laundry,” was a finalist for the 2008 Governor General’s Award for Poetry and the 2009 Acorn-Plantos Award for People’s Poetry. His sixth book of poetry, “Human Tissue ---a primer for Not Knowing” is forthcoming in 2016 from Talonbooks.