George Elliott Clarke

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Date of Birth February 12, 1960
Place of Birth Canada
Age 60 years old
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George Elliott Clarke

George Elliott Clarke, is a Canadian poet, playwright and literary critic who served as the Poet Laureate of Toronto from 2012 to 2015 and as the 2016–2017 Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate. His work is known largely for its use of a vast range of literary and artistic traditions, its lush physicality and its bold political substance. One of Canada's most illustrious poets, Clarke is also known for chronicling the experience and history of the Black Canadian communities of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, creating a cultural geography that he has coined "Africadia".

Born: February 12, 1960, Windsor, Nova Scotia, Canada
Nationality: Canadian
Occupation: Writer, poet, academic
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About George Elliott Clarke

Nova Scotia-born poet and dramatist whose literary works document the African-Canadian experience. He is known for poetry collections such as Whylah Falls and Gold Indigoes and for plays such as Beatrice Chancy and Trudeau: Long March, Shining Path.

Before Fame

He studied at the University of Waterloo, Dalhousie University, and Queen's University.


His 2001 work, Execution Poems, received the Governor General's Award for Poetry

Family Life

His ancestors were African-Americans who escaped English troops during the War of 1812 and relocated to Canada.


He was the 2006 recipient of a Pierre Trudeau Foundation literary fellowship.

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