George Elliott Clarke

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George Elliott Clarke was the fourth Poet Laureate of Toronto (2012-15) and is currently serving as the seventh Parliamentary Poet Laureate (2016-17). He invented the term Africadian and pioneered the study of African-Canadian literature. He is a noted 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. His recognitions include the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellows Prize, the Governor-General’s Award for Poetry, the National Magazine Gold Award for Poetry, the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction, and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award.