Roy Miki was born in 1942 on a sugar beet farm in Manitoba where his second-generation Japanese Canadian parents were forcibly settled during the Second World War. He moved to Vancouver in 1967. He has published widely on Asian Canadian writing, Canadian literature, cultural activism, and contemporary poetry, and has edited works by George Bowering, bpNichol, and Roy K. Kiyooka. He is the author six books of poetry, and his third book of poems, Surrender (2001), received the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry. Roy taught in the English department at Simon Fraser University for over thirty years. He received the Order of Canada in 2006 and the Order of British Columbia in 2009.