George Elliott ClarkeThis event is still over a week away. But I’m giving people plenty of heads up because it also includes a workshop. Both events are co-presented by Vertigo Series and the MacKenzie Art Gallery. Special guest is Toronto poet and academic George Elliott Clarke (pictured at left, photo credit Geeta Paray-Clarke).

Born near the Black Loyalist community of Three Mile Plains in Nova Scotia in 1960, Clarke received his Ph.D from Queen’s University in 1993. He’s held a variety of visiting scholar and teaching positions at universities in the United States and Canada, including Duke, McGill, UBC and Mount Allison. He’s also published several books of poetry, edited anthologies of African-Canadian writing and contemporary poetry, and also has a handful of novels to his credit.

Currently, Clarke is Toronto’s Poet Laureate. And on Nov. 27 at 2 p.m. he’ll lead a free workshop at the MacKenzie. That will be followed by a reading at Thursday Night Live! which goes at the gallery Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. In addition to poetry and visual art, music is also part of the mix. On this occasion that will be provided by Brian Templeton and Herb Exner. Admission for that is $5.

For more information visit the Vertigo Series website.