George Elliott Clarke


George Elliott Clarke, O.C., O.N.S., Ph.D., LL.D.

George Elliott Clarke (1960-) hails from Windsor, Nova Scotia, and is the inaugural E.J. Pratt (Poet) Professor of Canadian Literature at the University of Toronto and was, 2013-14, the William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Chair in Canadian Studies, in the Department of English, at Harvard University.  Clarke’s honours include The Archibald Lampman Award for Poetry (1991), The Portia White Prize for Artistic Excellence (1998), a Bellagio Center (Italy) Fellowship (1998), The Governor-General’s Literary Award for Poetry (2001), The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Achievement Award (2004), The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellowship Prize (2005-2008), The Premiul Poesis (Romania) (2005), The Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction (2006), and The Eric Hoffer Book Award for Poetry (2009).  He was appointed Poet Laureate of Toronto, Canada, 2012-15, and is the 7th Parliamentary Poet Laureate (2016-17).  He also holds eight honorary doctorates.  His major titles include Whylah Falls (1990), Beatrice Chancy (1999), Execution Poems (2000), George & Rue (2005), Blues and Bliss: The Poetry of George Elliott Clarke, ed. Jon Paul Fiorentino (2008), and two landmark volumes of literary criticism, Odysseys Home: Mapping African-Canadian Literature (2002) and Directions Home: Approaches to African-Canadian Literature.  His poetry books have been translated into Romanian, Chinese, and Italian.  In 2012, Prof. Joseph Pivato edited Africadian Atlantic: Essays on George Elliott Clarke.  Clarke is currently drafting The Canticles, an epic poem on Negrophobia and the African Slave Trade.   Part I will appear in 2016.


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