George Elliott Clarke: a poetic evening

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 7:30pm
The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen St. W.
George Elliott Clarke: a poetic evening

George Elliott Clarke: a poetic evening

August 21
Doors open at 7:30
Event starts at 8
The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom
1214 Queen Street West
M6J 1J6
$5 entrance fee or FREE with purchase of the book

Presented by Eyewear Publishing, The Toronto Review of Books and This Is Not A Reading Series (TINARS).

Toronto Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke is a fierce, funny, polemical and sensual poet, librettist, essayist and Canadian literature professor. His latest book of poetry Illicit Sonnets is a deeply erotic work, which confronts ageism and race relations head on. Discussing the work and Clarke's political and artistic sensibility is Susan G. Cole.

Accompanying this talk will be a 30 minute staged performance highlighting the beauty of Illicit Sonnets. Theatre director, writer and academic Diana Manole will stage a combination of dance and readings from Clarke's work with performers Keith Macfarlane and Payge Mildebrath.

George Elliott Clarke is a Canadian poet and playwright. His work largely explores and chronicles the experience and history of the Black Canadian communities of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, creating a cultural geography that Clarke refers to as "Africadia". Poet, novelist, playwright, literary critic and professor, Clarke Clarke has received several awards. The most recent (2009) was as co-recipient of the William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations from the City of Toronto. On 16 January 2008 Clarke was made an honorary Fellow of the Haliburton Literary Society, the oldest literary society in North America, at the University of King's College, Halifax. In 2001 Clarke won the Governor General's Award for poetry for his book Execution Poems. He was inducted as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2008.

Susan G. Cole is a Canadian feminist author, activist, editor, speaker and playwright. She has spoken out on a number of issues, including free speech, pornography, race and religion. Cole can be heard weekly on Toronto radio on CFMJ, where she sits on the Media and the Message panel on John Oakley's show every Thursday morning.  She can also be heard on Proud FM every Thursday afternoon. She contributes a column to the feminist quarterly Herizons and can be read every week in NOW, where she currently holds the title of books and entertainment editor.

Poet, Playwright, and Theatre Director Dr. Diana Manole is an award-winning Romanian-born Canadian author, who has published eight poetry and drama collections, poems in several national and international anthologies and magazines , as well as nine academic articles and book chapters. She holds a Master’s of Journalism from Carleton University and a PhD in Drama from the University of Toronto and is a course Instructor at Trent University & Guelph University.

Keith Macfarlane is a dancer, choreographer, movement coach and dance-theatre artist. He has worked in a variety of ensemble and solo works both in Canada and the USA, specializing in modern-contemporary urban dance, mime and physical-theatre.

Some of Payge Mildebrath's past theatrical credits include: Chorus roles in Oliver! and Fiddler on the Roof at The Thousand Islands Playhouse, a Follies Girl in Crazy for You, Audrey in As You Like It (Buddies in Bad Times), Olimpio in The Cenci (University of Guelph), and Bridget in TheatreLife (ToTo Too Theatre). She also teaches drama classes at Young People's Theatre where she works closely with children in theatre creation and skill development. 

This evening with George Elliott Clarke is the inaugural event of This Is Not A Reading Series (TINARS), a literary programme celebrating its 10th anniversary this season. Marc Glassman, the Artistic Director of TINARS says, "Our mandate remains the same, to investigate the creative process of writers: who they are and why they make their work."

Media contact: Marc Glassman

This Is Not A Reading Series (TINARS) offers a ground-breaking theatrical dimension to the appreciation of fine writing. Employing music, comedy, psychodrama, dance, multimedia performance, lectures, dialogue—everything but reading—TINARS investigates the creative process behind literary works.