Terry Watada

Region: Toronto Ontario
Sansei | Born 1951, Ontario


Terry Watada is a poet, novelist, short story writer, historian, playwright, columnist, essayist and music composer. He has published four poetry collections, two novels, a short story collection, two manga, two histories on the Buddhist Church in Canada, and two children’s biographies. Significant titles include The Three Pleasures (Anvil Press, Vancouver 2017), novel, The Game of 100 Ghosts (Mawenzi House, Toronto 2014), poetry, and Bukkyo Tozen: a history of the Buddhist Church in Canada (TBC & HPF Press, Toronto 1996). His essays have been published in such varied journals and books as Maclean’s Magazine (March 2011), Canadian Literature (UBC), and Ritsumeikan Hogaku “Kotoba to sonohirogari” (Ritsumeikan University Press, Kyoto Jpn).

His work has been much anthologized. Seven of his plays have received mainstage productions, including Vincent, a play examining a tragic confrontation between the police and a schizophrenic out-patient. It was produced for the National Theatre in Ottawa and at the International Madness Festival at Harbourfront, Toronto and Muenster, Germany, to name two. He is also a theatre producer and music producer. He has produced ten albums, mostly of his own music. He contributed a monthly column to the Nikkei Voice for twenty-five years. He now writes for the Vancouver Bulletin. Essays about his work have appeared in the International Journal of Canadian Studies, Modern Drama (UTP), and in Transcultural Reinventions: Asian American and Asian Canadian Short-Story Cycles (TSAR Publications). For a fuller description of his work, committee positions and awards, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_Watada, a site maintained by the National Association of Japanese Canadians.