COVID-19 Safety Plan: While the heritage house is temporarily closed to visitors, writers-in-residence continue to live and work at the house and offer writing workshops and other programs online. Experience the house from home or take a virtual tour. We are grateful for Covid resiliency funding from the BC Arts Council and Vancouver Foundation.

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Welcome

The childhood home of Canadian author Joy Kogawa stands as a historical reminder of the internment experience of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War, and by extension, to the experiences of diverse cultural and ethnic groups within Canadian society.

A literary landmark, today it goes on to be a unique live/work space and a site of healing and reconciliation, hosting author residencies, literary events, and offering year-round educational tours for school groups and general public.

Historic Joy Kogawa House provides a space to create literary works and connects communities through education and dialogue inspired by the life and work of the writer Joy Kogawa.

Located in the Marpole neighbourhood of South Vancouver, on the north arm of the Fraser River, unceded territories of the Musqueam and other Coast Salish peoples, we respect the diversity of cultures and experiences that form the richness of our provincial fabric.

Your support on GivingTuesday* will help in these ways:

  • $50 will contribute to the monthly honorarium for our writer-in-residence
  • $150 will pay one writer to participate in a shared reading
  • $300 will pay one writer to lead one writing workshop

*GivingTuesday, a global generosity movement, takes place each year after Black Friday. It is a time when charities, companies and individuals join together and rally for their favourite causes.

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Our activities

Historic Joy Kogawa House Is Offering:

Author Residencies

Historic Joy Kogawa House offers writers a unique place to live and work. Find out more about our self-supporting author residencies and submit your application.

BC Yukon Book Mail: Letters to Joy and Julie

Readers of all ages who love books by Joy Kogawa and Julie Flett are invited to write to Joy and Julie to tell them what you enjoy most about their stories.

Educational Tours

Come and visit a site of national significance. Small group outdoor guided tours for schools, as well as general public will resume in February of 2021.

Teacher Resources

Follow each step of Joy Kogawa’s journey through an interactive map, video interviews, unique photos, animated stories, and workshops. Teacher’s Guide is also available.

Saving the House

Originating in 2003, the story of the grassroots effort to save and preserve what is now Historic Joy Kogawa House can be an inspiration for many others involved in similar causes.

Author Residencies

Historic Joy Kogawa House offers writers a unique place to live and work. Find out more about our self-supporting author residencies and submit your application.

Educational Tours

Come and visit the Kogawa House, a site of national significance. The tours are held year-round for school groups and the general public. (Groups of 3 or less.)

Teacher Resources

Follow each step of Joy Kogawa’s journey through an interactive map, video interviews, unique photos, animated stories, and workshops. Teacher’s Guide is also available.

Saving the House

Originating in 2003, the story of the grassroots effort to save and preserve what is now Historic Joy Kogawa House can be an inspiration for many others involved in similar causes.

Educational Tours

Come and visit a site of national significance. The tours are held year-round for school groups and the general public. (Groups of 3 or less due to COVID-19 restrictions.)

Teacher Resources

Follow each step of Joy Kogawa’s journey through an interactive map, video interviews, unique photos, animated stories, and workshops. Teacher’s Guide is also available.

Saving the House

Originating in 2003, the story of the grassroots effort to save and preserve what is now Historic Joy Kogawa House can be an inspiration for many others involved in similar causes.

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Our Blog

New at Historic Joy Kogawa House:

Guest Post by Em Dial

Guest post by Em Dial, Writer-in-Residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House in September 2021.

Give writers a place to meet and share stories

On November 30, 2021, help support the writers who live and work at Historic Joy Kogawa House, one of Canada’s most established author residencies and a meeting place for Vancouver writers.

Curatorial Talk with Su-Ying Lee

Join us Thursday, Nov 18, 6 to 7pm for a talk with Distinguished Curatorial Mentor Su-Ying Lee, supporting our annual partnership with Or Gallery.

Show Your Support

Join Our Community:

Donations from the community remain vital for the House. Donations are used to fund: our public events, house tours, author residencies, and the upkeep and preservation of this unique facility of historic and cultural significance.

Show your support by donating or becoming a member today.