Lillian Allen

Lillian Allen is an award winning and internationally renowned poet and writer of short stories and plays. She is a cultural strategist featured in the official WHO IS WHO in Canada, and professor of creative writing (Ontario College of Art & Design in Toronto). As one of its lead originator, she has specialized in the writing and performing of dub poetry, a highly politicized form of poetry, which is sometimes set to music. Her recordings Revolutionary Tea Party and Conditions Critical won Juno awards in 1986 and 1988 respectively. Her works appear independently and in anthologies. She has spent close to three decades writing, publishing, and performing her work in Canada, the US, Europe, and England. She is the instigator, co-producer and host of WORDBEAT, a thirteen part 2004 CBC show on poetry and the spoken word. She has also worked in film, both as a featured artist (Revolution from de Beat, 1995; Unnatural Causes, 1989; Rhythm and Hardtimes, 1987) and as co-producer and co-director of Blak.. Wi Blakk… (1994), a film on Jamaican dub Poet Mutabaruka. Ms. Allen is a past member of the Racial Equity Advisory of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Experts Advisory on the International Cultural Diversity Agenda and an executive member of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. Hons.: several, including: City of Toronto Access and Equity Award 2004; Margo Bindhardt Award, City of Toronto & the Toronto Arts Council Fdn, 1998; Foremother of Canadian Poetry, League of Canadian Poets, 1992; Ontario Volunteer Service Award, 1989; Outstanding Contribution to the Arts Award, National Congress of Black Women, 1987; Juno Awards, Revolutionary Tea Party, 1986; Ms. Magazine Landmark Album of the Last 20 Years, 1988 for Revolutionary Tea Party; 1987 Juno Award for Conditions Critical, 1988.

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