Carleton University Welcomes Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke

Carleton’s Centre for Transnational Cultural Analysis (CTCA) will host Canada’s parliamentary Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke for two days of events featuring a poetry reading and performance, as well as a guest lecture.

Poetry Reading and Performance

When: Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Great Canadian Theatre Company Studio Theatre, 1233 Wellington Street West, Ottawa
Info: This event is co-hosted by the Great Canadian Theatre Company and is open to the public.

Guest Lecture
From ‘Coloured’ and ‘Negro’ and ‘Black’ to ‘Africadian’ and ‘Afro-Métis:’ The Black-Ink Odyssey of George Elliott Clarke

When: Thursday, March 9, 2017, from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Room 2017, Dunton Tower, Carleton University
Info: This event is co-hosted by the Department of English and is open to members of the Carleton community.

Media are invited to attend these events.

About George Elliott Clarke

Canada’s seventh parliamentary Poet Laureate, Clarke was the fourth Poet Laureate of Toronto (2012-2015) and is a noted dramatist, fiction writer, librettist and essayist as well as poet. His literature considers the intersections of migration, diaspora and indigeneity in the history and culture of the black Canadian communities of Atlantic Canada, known as Africadia. Seminal works include the poetry collection Execution Poems: The Black Acadian Tragedy of George and Rue, the play Whylah Falls, and the novel George and Rue. Clarke’s 16th poetry work is Canticles I (MMXVI), the first half of the first book of a three-book epic about imperialism, slavery, and resistance to both. Clarke’s recognitions include the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellows Prize, the Governor General’s Award for Poetry, and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award. Clarke’s work is the subject of Africadian Atlantic: Essays on George Elliott Clarke, edited by Joseph Pivato. Now teaching African-Canadian literature at the University of Toronto, Clarke has taught at Duke, McGill, the University of British Columbia and Harvard. He holds eight honorary doctorates in addition to appointments to the Order of Nova Scotia and the Order of Canada.

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Carleton University
613-520-2600, ext. 8718

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