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March 28, 2013
City of Toronto's Poet Laureate springs into multiple April events
George Elliott Clarke, the City of Toronto's Poet Laureate, will participate in several National Poetry Month events in April as well as a launch of his new book of poetry.

"Our Poet Laureate is an active and exemplary emissary of Toronto and our world class literary community,” said Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the City's Economic Development Committee. “National Poetry Month provides him with an excellent platform to draw attention to our thriving arts sector throughout the city, across the country and overseas.”

Clarke will participate in the following events in April:
-April 2: Kickoff for National Poetry Month at the Q Space at College and Borden
-April 3: Judging at the fifth annual Battle of the Bards for Poetry NOW at Harbourfront Centre
-April 4: Performing a short reading in support of the Mayor's Poetry City Challenge at the Toronto City Council meeting at 9:30 a.m.
-April 11: With poet and playwright Pamela Mordecai at Brock University
-April 15: Poets Pamela Mordecai and Andrea Thompson at a National Poetry Month reading at the Toronto Reference Library
-April 24: Launching his new book of poetry, "Illicit Sonnets", in London, England
-April 26-28: Joining parliamentary Poet Laureate Fred Wah and 13 other Canadian Poet Laureates at the Edmonton Poetry Festival.

Clarke is a respected Toronto-based poet, dramatist, novelist and professor who was appointed by City Council in November 2012 as Toronto's fourth Poet Laureate. In addition to the many awards and accolades Clarke has received, his dedication to education and his tremendous support of Canadian writers and the literary community has been nationally recognized by his appointment as an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Canada's National Poetry Month recognizes poets in their communities and the contribution of poetry to the arts in Canada and welcomes residents to join the poetry world. More information about National Poetry Month is available at

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