George Elliott Clarke was born in Windsor NS, a seventh-generation Africadian. He is a poet, playwright, novelist, and critic, with a Governor General’s Award for Poetry and a Martin Luther King Achievement Award among his many honours. His works include several acclaimed collections of poetry, including Whylah Falls and Execution Poems, the libretto for the jazz opera Beatrice Chancy, the novel George and Rue, and several plays. His newest work is a vibrant verse novel, I & I (Goose Lane 2009). Clarke lives in Toronto where he is the EJ Pratt Professor of Canadian Literature at University of Toronto.