House, Home, Hospitality Author Spotlight – George Elliott Clarke

Photo credit to Harvard University, 2014

George Elliott Clarke has published eighteen poetry “projects” since 1983—including verse-plays, opera libretti, poem-novels, narrative lyric suites, and also general collections. He’s won praise and prizes and has seen books translated into Chinese, Italian, and Romanian. The 4th Poet Laureate of Toronto (2012-2015) and 7th Parliamentary Poet Laureate of Canada (2016 & 2017), his current project is a 3-part epic, Canticles, of which Canticles I has already appeared (2 vols., 2016 & 2017). Canticles II is due out—in 2 vols.—in 2019 and 2020.

His poem “Samson II” can be read on our website at

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