Roy Kiyooka

Roy Kenzie Kiyooka (1926-1994) was a painter, writer, photographer, and educator born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. He participated in the Emma Lake Workshops (1957-1960) with Barnett Newman, Clement Greenberg, and Will Barnett before moving to Vancouver in 1959, where he had an important impact on the arts scene. From 1971-72 he taught at the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, from 1965-70 at Sir George Williams (now Concordia) University, and finally at The University of British Columbia. His poetry collections include Kyoto Airs (1964), Nevertheless These Eyes (1967), StoneDGloves (1970), Transcanada Letters (1975), The Fontainbleau Dream Machine (1977), and The Pear Tree Pomes (1987). Kiyooka was awarded the Order of Canada in 1978.


  • Charles Olson Memorial Reading

    Roy Kiyooka reads “At Yorktown” and “Merce of Egypt” at the Charles Olson memorial at St. Anselm’s church, Vancouver, 1971. Citation:

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Fong, Deanna. “Other Talk: Conversational Events in the Roy Kiyooka Digital Archive.” in CanLit Across Media: Unarchiving the Literary Event. Montreal: MQUP, 2020. 54-71.

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