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George Elliott Clarke - Poet, writer, and scholar George Elliott Clarke was born in Windsor, Nova Scotia, near the Black Loyalist community of Three Mile Plains, in 1960. A graduate of the University of Waterloo (B.A., Hons.,1984), Dalhousie University (M.A., 1989), and Queen's University (Ph.D., 1993), he is now the inaugural E.J. Pratt Professor of Canadian Literature at the University of Toronto. An Assistant Professor of English and Canadian Studies at Duke University, North Carolina, 1994-1999, Clarke also served as the Seagrams Visiting Chair in Canadian Studies at McGill University, 1998-1999, and as a Noted Scholar at the University of British Columbia (2002) and as a Visiting Scholar at Mount Allison University (2005). He has also worked as a researcher (Ontario Provincial Parliament, 1982-83), editor (Imprint, University of Waterloo, 1984-85, and The Rap, Halifax, NS, 1985-87), social worker (Black United Front of Nova Scotia, 1985-86), parliamentary aide (House of Commons, 1987-91), and newspaper columnist (The Daily News, Halifax, NS, 1988-89, and The Halifax Herald, Halifax, NS, 1992-). He lives in Toronto, Ontario, but he also owns land in Nova Scotia. His many honours include the Portia White Prize for Artistic Achievement (1998), Governor-General's Award for Poetry (2001), the National Magazine Gold Medal for Poetry (2001), the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award (2004), the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellowship Prize (2005-2008), the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction (2006), the Eric Hoffer Book Award for Poetry (2009), appointment to the Order of Nova Scotia (2006), appointment to the Order of Canada at the rank of Officer (2008), and seven honorary doctorates. His major titles include Whylah Falls (1990), Execution Poems (2000), Blues and Bliss (2008), and I & I (2009), all works of poetry; the verse-tragedy Beatrice Chancy (1999); the opera libretti Beatrice Chancy (1998), Quebecite (2003), and Trudeau: Long March/Shining Path; and the novel, George & Rue (2004). His landmark volume of critical essays is Odysseys Home: Mapping African-Canadian Literature (2002). His newest book of poetry is Red (2011).  Click here for faculty bio.
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George Elliot Clarke

Richard Greene is a poet, biographer, and critic. His third collection of poems Boxing the Compass (Signal Editions) was awarded the 2010 Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry. Nigel Beale observed in The Globe and Mail that it was “Characterized by powerful, arresting openings, sharp aphoristic jabs ... sonnet-like solutions, pithy ironies...; and Thomas Hardy's ability to convey poignant, pointed feeling using just a faint brush stroke...” Following scholarly books on Mary Leapor and Graham Greene, his major biography of the modernist poet Edith Sitwell has recently been published by Little, Brown. A two-fisted assault on critical orthodoxy, it reasserts the value of an often derided modernist poet. Stuart Kelly observes in The Scotsman: “Greene very boldly claims Sitwell as the finest female English poet of the 20th century, and the pre-eminent poet of the blitz…. Greene's [strategy] works… the book gives a proper overview of her oeuvre.” Auden’s biographer Richard Davenport-Hines writes of this book: “It glows with loving admiration for her generous spirit, fierce sense of vocation, and shameless, irrepressible quirkiness…. Richard Greene is an intelligent, sympathetic writer” (Sunday Telegraph). Anthony Burgess’s biographer Roger Lewis describes it as “Brilliant, wise, funny and affectionate. It is perfection, actually, and I am consumed with professional jealousy” (Daily Mail).
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Richard Greene

Robert McGill. is an assistant professor in the Department of English. His first novel, The Mysteries, was named one of the top five Canadian fiction books of 2004 by Quill & Quire. His second novel, Once We Had a Country, is published by Knopf Canada and by Jonathan Cape in the UK. Robert’s publications also include a nonfiction book, The Treacherous Imagination, as well as short fiction in Hazlitt, Toronto Life, The Journey Prize Anthology, Grain, The Dalhousie Review, The Fiddlehead, The New Quarterly, and Descant. More information about Robert’s writing can be found at
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A. F. Moritz has published more than fifteen books of poetry. His work has earned honours including the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Award in Literature of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the Ingram Merrill Fellowship, and selection to the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets. He has translated seven books of poetry and a novel from Spanish and French, and in collaboration with Theresa Moritz has written biographies of Emma Goldman and Stephen Leacock, and The Oxford Literary Guide to Canada. He holds a doctorate in eighteenth-and nineteenth-century British poetry. His most recent book of poems, The Sentinel (2008), won the 2009 Griffin Prize for poetry. 
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A. F. Moritz

Daniel Scott Tysdal is the author of two books of poetry, The Mourner’s Book of Albums (Tightrope 2010) and Predicting the Next Big Advertising Breakthrough Using a Potentially Dangerous Method (Coteau 2006). Predicting received the ReLit Award for Poetry (2007) and the Anne Szumigalski Poetry Award (2006). His work has appeared in a number of literary journals and anthologies, and has earned him honourable mention at the National Magazine Awards (2003) and the Matrix Lit Pop Award (2010). He currently teaches creative writing and English literature at the University of Toronto Scarborough.  Click here for faculty bio


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Emeriti Faculty Biographies

John Reibetanz has published seven collections, and his poems have appeared in such magazines as Poetry (Chicago), The Paris Review, Canadian Literature, and The Fiddlehead. In addition to poetry, he has written essays on Elizabethan drama and on modern and contemporary poetry, as well as a book on King Lear and translations of modern German poetry. A finalist for both the National Magazine Awards and the National Poetry Competition, John has given readings of his poetry in major cities all across Canada. He has won prizes in the annual national competitions sponsored by Vallum and by The Fiddlehead, and has won first prize in the international Petra Kenney Competition. His most recent books are Near Relations (McClelland and Stewart, 2005) and Transformations (Goose Lane Editions, 2006). Newer work appears in The Best Canadian Poetry 2009, the Literary Review of Canada, and Laments of the Gorges (in the Alfred Gustav chapbook series), and The Walrus. Forthcoming books are: Hidden Treasures (ekphrastic poems on the art of Peter Cserhati), from Rufus Books in Spring 2012; A Book of Riddlu (riddles in haiku form), from Rufus Books in Spring 2013; and Floaters, from Brick Books in Spring 2013.  Click here for faculty bio.

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Rosemary Sullivan received her BA from McGill University (1968); her MA from the University of Connecticut (1969); and her PhD from the University of Sussex (1972). She has published thirteen books of creative non-fiction and poetry. Her works include The Guthrie Road (2009); Villa Air-Bel: World War II, Escape, and a House in Marseille (2006); Cuba: Grace Under Pressure (2003); Labyrinth of Desire: Women, Passion and Romantic Obsession (2001); Memory Making: Selected Essays (2001); The Red Shoes: Margaret Atwood Starting Out (1998) Shadow Maker: The Life of Gwendolyn MacEwen (1995); By Heart: Elizabeth Smart/A Life (1991); and The Bone Ladder: New and Selected Poetry (2000). Her recently released children’s book Molito, co-authored with Juan Opitz and with a CD of music, was selected by the Globe & Mail as one of the best children’s books of the fall season. Her books have been published in eight countries. Shadow Maker was awarded the Governor General’s Award for Non-Fiction; the City of Toronto Book Award; The Canadian Author’s Association Award; the University of British Columbia Medal for Canadian Biography; and nominated for the Trillium Award. She has received National Magazine and Western Magazine awards for her journalism. Villa Air-Bel was awarded the Canadian Jewish Books Yad Vashem Award in 2006, as well as The Independent Bookseller’s Award for the best book of Non-Fiction. Toronto Poet Laureate Dionne Brand selected lines from her poem “Exile” as the first installation in the project “Poetry is Public is Poetry;” the lines were set in bronze in sidewalk of Cedarbrae Library, 2010. The Royal Society of Canada awarded her the Lorne Pierce Medal for her “Outstanding Contribution to Canadian Literature and Culture” in 2008. She was the McLean Hunter Chair of Literary Journalism at the Banff Centre (2004- 2006) and has received Camargo, Guggenheim, Killam, Jackman and Trudeau Fellowships. Click here for faculty bio.
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Rosemary Sullivan

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