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George Elliott Clarke Featured in the Shab-e She’r Poetry Night

Doors open at 6:15, sign-up for open mic starts at 6:30 and the Shab-e She’r Poetry Night starts at 7pm. The reading, taking place in the beautiful Beit Zatoun, will be hosted by Bänoo Zan and will feature performances by poet Giovanna Riccio (author of Vittorio and Strong Bread) and Guernica author George Elliott Clarke.

George Elliott Clarke croppedGeorge Elliott Clarke is the author of many books of poetry, including Illicit Sonnets, published by Guernica Editions in 2013. He won The Governor General’s Award for Poetry in 2001 for Execution Poems. His classic verse-novel, Whylah Falls (1990) was selected in the CBC’s national poll, Canada Reads, in 2002. George Elliott Clarke is the inaugural E.J. Pratt Professor of Canadian Literature at the University of Toronto. He has taught at different universities, including Duke University, North Carolina, McGill University, the University of British Columbia, Mount Allison University and Harvard University. He has also worked as a researcher, editor, social worker, parliamentary aide, and newspaper columnist. His many honours include the Portia White Prize for Artistic Achievement, the National Magazine Gold Medal for Poetry, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award, the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellowship Prize, the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction, the Eric Hoffer Book Award for Poetry, appointment to the Order of Nova Scotia, appointment to the Order of Canada at the rank of Officer, and eight honorary doctorates.

Beit Zatoun (translated as “House of Olive”) is a gallery and performance space for the justice and human rights community in Toronto. It aims to raise awareness and create greater understanding as ultimate means to peace through art and culture by hosting exhibits, talks, screenings, plays, music, dance, workshops, and being a resource centre. Although at the core, the question of Israel/Palestine is but one intersection point of many struggles and human dimensions. Beit Zatoun invites and welcomes all communities resisting oppression and affirming the rights of individuals to live in dignity and freedom.

Where: Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham Street, Toronto, ON
When: Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 6:30pm – 9:30pm. Doors open: 6:15 p.m. Sign-up for the open mic: 6:30 p.m. Start time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $5

Illicit Sonnets, by Geogre Elliott Clarke, is available on the Guernica Editions website at:

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