The Great Black North: Contemporary African-Canadian Poetry

Editor Valerie Mason-John, Kevan Cameron

Frontenac House Ltd | February 1, 2013 | Trade Paperback

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            The Great BlackNorth is a contemporary remix of the story of Black Canada. Told through theintertwining tapestry of poetic forms found on the page and stage, The Great Black North presents somemissing pieces of the jigsaw puzzle that help fit together a poetic picture of theBlack Canadian experience. <_o3a_p>

Many Black Canadians know theirhistory in North America since the 17th century. However, the rest of the worldmay be unaware of the history of enslaved Africans and slave auctions north ofthe 49th parallel, as well as the free Blacks, Loyalists and Maroons who madetheir journeys to the “promised land” of Canada. The Great Black North should be a valuable resource for thepreservation of culture that is written in print and performed as dub poetry,spoken word and slam. At the heart of this book is a poetic blend ofliterary and oral traditions that recognizes the past and present as they forma tangible foundation for future generations of poets. <_o3a_p>

This collection of over 90 poetsdocuments the many styles that Black Canadians have used to expressthemselves. The rhythms felt in The GreatBlack North stem from the vibrant pulse of poets such as Ian Keteku, 2010 World Cup of PoetrySlam Champion; Lillian Allen, founder of the dub poetry tradition in Canada;and Afua Cooper, who brought to light the hanging of an enslaved African woman, Marie JosephAngélique, for the alleged burning of Montreal in 1734. George Elliott Clarke,Olive Senior, Frederick Ward, Lorna Goodison, Tanya Evanson, Pamela Mordecaiand Harold Head are just a few of the many other poets in the anthology whohave pieced together this timely map of Black Canada. <_o3a_p>

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Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.3 in

Published: February 1, 2013

Publisher: Frontenac House Ltd

Language: English

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ISBN - 10: 1897181833

ISBN - 13: 9781897181836

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The Great Black North: Contemporary African-Canadian Poetry

The Great Black North: Contemporary African-Canadian Poetry

Editor Valerie Mason-John, Kevan Cameron

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.3 in

Published: February 1, 2013

Publisher: Frontenac House Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1897181833

ISBN - 13: 9781897181836

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            The Great BlackNorth is a contemporary remix of the story of Black Canada. Told through theintertwining tapestry of poetic forms found on the page and stage, The Great Black North presents somemissing pieces of the jigsaw puzzle that help fit together a poetic picture of theBlack Canadian experience. <_o3a_p>

Many Black Canadians know theirhistory in North America since the 17th century. However, the rest of the worldmay be unaware of the history of enslaved Africans and slave auctions north ofthe 49th parallel, as well as the free Blacks, Loyalists and Maroons who madetheir journeys to the “promised land” of Canada. The Great Black North should be a valuable resource for thepreservation of culture that is written in print and performed as dub poetry,spoken word and slam. At the heart of this book is a poetic blend ofliterary and oral traditions that recognizes the past and present as they forma tangible foundation for future generations of poets. <_o3a_p>

This collection of over 90 poetsdocuments the many styles that Black Canadians have used to expressthemselves. The rhythms felt in The GreatBlack North stem from the vibrant pulse of poets such as Ian Keteku, 2010 World Cup of PoetrySlam Champion; Lillian Allen, founder of the dub poetry tradition in Canada;and Afua Cooper, who brought to light the hanging of an enslaved African woman, Marie JosephAngélique, for the alleged burning of Montreal in 1734. George Elliott Clarke,Olive Senior, Frederick Ward, Lorna Goodison, Tanya Evanson, Pamela Mordecaiand Harold Head are just a few of the many other poets in the anthology whohave pieced together this timely map of Black Canada. <_o3a_p>

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About the Author

About the Editors
Kevan Anthony Cameron, also known as Scruffmouth is a scribe, spoken poet, performer and proud co-editor of Black Canadian Poetry. He is a veteran of the poetry slam scene in North America and aims to “edutain” with his work that focuses on knowledge of self, identity and vocalizing the stories of people of African descent at home and abroad. Kevan was born in Edmonton Alberta to Jamaican parents. 

Dr Valerie Mason-John is an award winning writer. Her first novel Borrowed Body  (renamed the Banana Kid) won the Mind Book of the Year Award, and was named the British Color Purple by the UK media. She began her writing career as an international correspondent covering Australian Aboriginal Land Rights and Black Deaths in custody, Sinn Fein Prisoners in Northern Ireland, political unrest, education, and the arts. She is the author of four non fiction books, one award winning novel, and a collection of poetry, prose and plays, as well as having several plays produced. She has just completed her second novel (unpublished) The War Done Done (Memoried), and is currently working on her third.