Meet Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate

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The PEI Writers’ Guild invites the public to an evening with Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate, Dr. George Elliott Clarke. The event will take place Thursday September 7, 7 p.m. at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery. ECMA-winning musician Scott Parsons will provide musical accompaniment.

Admission is free and all are welcome. A cash bar will be available.

The 7th Parliamentary Poet Laureate (2016-17), George Elliott Clarke is a revered artist in song, drama, fiction, screenplay, essays, and poetry. 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, plus appointments to the Order of Nova Scotia and the Order of Canada.

PEI welcomes George Elliott Clarke’s first Island visit since receiving the national honour. Dr. Clarke will share a selection of his work from a wide-ranging literary career, with particular emphasis on the first two volumes of his epic poem Canticles I, dealing with slavery and imperialism. Clarke is known for both his scholarship and his compelling speaking skills.

As an award winning Canadian writer, Clarke has published in a variety of genres including fiction, poetry, prose and drama. He has received national and international recognition for his work, which is the subject of Africadian Atlantic: Essays on George Elliott Clarke (2012), edited by Joseph Pivato.

There will be copies of the Poet Laureate’s work Canticles, as well as recited poetry CDs available, cash sales only. A book signing and refreshments/beverages will follow the event.