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George Elliott Clarke: A Poetic Evening

August 21
Doors open at 7:30
Event starts at 8
The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom
1214 Queen Street West
M6J 1J6
416-531-4635
$5 entrance fee or FREE with purchase of the book

Presented by Eyewear Publishing, The Toronto Review of Books and This Is Not A Reading Series (TINARS).
Toronto Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke is a fierce, funny, polemical and sensual poet, librettist, essayist and Canadian literature professor. His latest book of poetry Illicit Sonnets is a deeply erotic work, which confronts ageism and race relations head on. Discussing the work and Clarke’s political and artistic sensibility is Susan G. Cole.
Accompanying this talk will be a 30 minute staged performance highlighting the beauty of Illicit Sonnets. Theatre director, writer and academic Diana Manole will stage a combination of dance and readings from Clarke’s work with performers Keith Macfarlane and Payge Mildebrath.
George Elliott Clarke is a Canadian poet and playwright. His work largely explores and chronicles the experience and history of the Black Canadian communities of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, creating a cultural geography that Clarke refers to as “Africadia”. Poet, novelist, playwright, literary critic and professor, Clarke has received several awards. The most recent (2009) was as co-recipient of the William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations from the City of Toronto. On 16 January 2008 Clarke was made an honorary Fellow of the Haliburton Literary Society, the oldest literary society in North America, at the University of King’s College, Halifax. In 2001 Clarke won the Governor General’s Award for poetry for his book Execution Poems. He was inducted as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2008.

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