2017 is not the time to blink

George Elliott Clarke

George Elliott Clarke (1960) is descended from African-American refugees from the War of 1812, who escaped to the British and were relocated to Nova Scotia, where he was born. He is one of the most popular Canadian poets. He has won The Governor General''s Award for Poetry in 2001 for Execution Poems. His classic verse-novel, Whylah Falls (1990) was selected in the CBC’s national poll, Canada Reads, in 2002. He now teaches African-Canadian literature — a field that he pioneered — at the University of Toronto. In 2013-14 he will be a visiting professor at Harvard University. He is Toronto’s Poet Laureate, and Poet Laureate of Canada.