George Elliot Clarke is an award-winning poet, playwright, and screenwriter. The author of six books of poetry, George won the Governor General's Award for Poetry in 2001 for Execution Poems. A seventh-generation African-Canadian, he was born in Windsor, Nova Scotia, near the Black Loyalist community of Three Mile Plains. Previously an assistant professor of English and Canadian Studies at Duke University, George also served as the Seagrams Visiting Chair in Canadian Studies at McGill University. He lives in Toronto where he is an associate professor of English at the University of Toronto. He is also proud to own land in Three Mile Plains. George has published in many genres: the verse collections Saltwater Spirituals and Deeper Blues and Lush Dreams, Blue Exile; the verse novel Whylah Falls; and two verse plays, Whylah Falls: The Play and Beatrice Chancy. The opera libretto "Beatrice Chancy: A Libretto in Four Acts," appeared in Canadian Theatre Review in1998, while his opera Beatrice Chancy, with music by James Rolfe, has had four stage productions and a broadcast on CBC television. He wrote the screenplay for the 1999 feature film One Heart Broken Into Song, directed by Clement Virgo.
Festivals: 1998, 2003, 2006 (spring), 2007 (fall), 2009 (Year Round)