GEORGE ELLIOTT CLARKE is the 4th Poet Laureate of Toronto (2012-15) and the 7th Parliamentary Poet Laureate of Canada (2016-17), as well as the E.J. Pratt Professor of Canadian Literature at the University of Toronto. In that post, he established African-Canadian literature as a field of academic study. Noted for his poetry, essays, novels, and opera libretti, Clarke has also authored plays and songs. One of his latest is “Storm,” a collaboration with Shad. The recipient of many awards and honours, Clarke holds appointments to the Order of Canada, the Order of Nova Scotia, and is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. He lives in Toronto, owns land in homeland Nova Scotia, and has titles available in Braille, Chinese, Italian, and Romanian. Where Beauty Survived: An Africadian Memoir, releases in August 2021.