George Elliott Clarke is the E.J. Pratt Professor of Canadian Literature at the University of Toronto. His works include the poem-novel, Whylah Falls (1990), the narrative lyric sequence, Execution Poems (2001), and the verse-play and opera, Beatrice Chancy (1999). Clarke's awards include the Governor-General's Award for Poetry (2001), a Bellagio (Italy) Center Fellowship (1998), and the National Magazine Gold Award for Poetry (2002). He has also published a major critical book, Odysseys Home: Mapping African-Canadian Literature (University of Toronto Press, Summer 2002).
He is a member of the Black Cultural Society of Nova Scotia, the League of Canadian Poets, the Modern Languages Association, the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia, the Writer's Guild of Canada, and the Writers Union of Canada.
Given name: George Elliott
Family name: Clarke
Honorific: LLD, Dalhousie University (1999); DLiH, University of New Brunswick (2000).
Birth date: 12 February 1960
University of Waterloo (B.A.)
University of Waterloo (M.A.)
First Prize, Poetry, Writers Fed. of Nova Scotia: 1981
Archibald Lampman Award for Poetry: 1991
Fellowship, Bellagio Rockefeller Foundation: 1998
Portia White Prize: 1998
Arts Alumni Award, Univ. of Waterloo: 1999
Governor General's Award for Poetry: 2001
National Magazine Award of Poetry: 2002
Writer-in-Residence, St. Mary's University: 1990
Writer-in-Residence, Selkirk College: 1991
First RPO edition: 2004