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Writing While Black in CanLit

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Sarah Hagi facilitates a panel discussion about being a Black writer in Canada with writers Whitney French, George Elliott Clarke and more.

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When discussing the primary goal for her anthology Black Writers Matter, Whitney French said: "How do we tell our stories by magnifying our dignity in the everyday?" DD explores the nuances of writing while black in Canada and the ways in which black authors are creating spaces for the community to tell their own stories with writer and founder/co-editor of From the Root Zine Whitney French; poet and playwright and literary critic George Elliott Clarke. Moderated by Sarah Hagi.

This event is part of TOK Toronto, DD's three-day symposium of books, writing and ideas. Produced in partnership with Word On The Street.

Whitney French strives to develop, foster, facilitate and distribute unique stories that are not often heard about in the Canadian literary cannon. To encourage and eventually support this continual growth in storytelling, Whitney French Writes creates books, personalized poems and workshops that stir a love of writing within young people, marginalized peoples, community members and aspiring writers alike. While valuing self-determination, creative spirit, high aesthetic and literary experimentation, Whitney French Writes is an incubator that will propel a movement of alternative modes of learning for those seeking a holistic and life-long journey in the arts.

George Elliott Clarke is a revered poet. Now teaching African-Canadian Literature at the University of Toronto, Clarke has taught at Duke, McGill, the University of British Columbia, and Harvard. He holds eight honorary doctorates, plus appointments to the Order of Nova Scotia and the Order of Canada. His recognitions include the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellows Prize, the Governor-General’s Award for Poetry, the Premiul Poesis (Romania), the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction, the Eric Hoffer Book Award for Poetry (US), and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award.

Sarah Hagi a writer of essays, journalism, television, and criticism. Apart from working as a writer at both VICE and Complex, she has been published in The New Yorker, GQ Magazine, The Guardian, Buzzfeed, The National Post, and other publications. Hagi also appeared on numerous radio shows and podcasts for networks like the CBC, BBC, and Gimlet.

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