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William Bill Clarke, right, sometime in the late 1950s in the Maritimes.

William Bill Clarke, right, sometime in the late 1950s in the Maritimes.

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Articles on African-Canadian Literature and Culture

Commentary / Foreword.  Black Auntie’s House of Ill Repute.  By James R. Stevens.  Shunia (ON):  James R. Stevens, 2018.  [viii-ix].

Foreword.  C’est Moi.  Liner notes for the film by Howard J. Davis.  www.cestmoifilm.com Toronto: Moving Images Distribution, 2018.  III-IV.

Foreword:  “John ‘Daddy’ Hall:  Cry Freedom, Never the Blues.”  Daddy Hall:  A Biography in 80 Linocuts.  By Tony Miller.  Erin, ON:  The Porcupine’s Quill, 2017.  13-15.

Afterword:  “Honouring—No, Understanding—That Jones Man.”  In Burnley “Rocky” Jones:  Revolutionary, An Autobiography.  By Burnley “Rocky” Jones and James W. St.G. Walker.  Halifax, NS: Fernwood Books, 2016.  261-268.

Foreword:  “Let Us Now Praise Famous Folks (well, um, sort of)…”  In To Greet Yourself Arriving.  By Michael Fraser.  Toronto: Tightrope, 2016.  9-12.

“In Memoriam: Austin Clarke.”   NOW.  [Toronto, ON]  #1795, 35.42 (June 30-July 6, 2016):  13.

Foreword:  Toward that Elusive Just Society.  Viola Desmond’s Canada:  A History of Blacks and Racial Segregation in the Promised Land.  By Graham Reynolds with Wanda Robson.  Winnipeg, MB:  Fernwood Publishing, 2016.  xiii-xvi.

Liner Notes, dArk mAAt’r, ep by Stefan Christoff.  [Forthcoming]

“Three Mile & Five Mile Plains—Windsor Plains.”  The Times of African Nova Scotians, Volume Two.  Halifax, NS: Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute, 2015.  32-33.

“Malcolm X: A Real Champion of the Oppressed.”  NOW.  [Toronto, ON]  #1723, 34.22 (February 5-11, 2015): 12.

“The preacher who went to war.”  The Globe and Mail.  [Toronto, ON]  (Saturday, August 2, 2014):  F3.

Statement on Dionne Brand’s ThirstyThe Globe & Mail.  [Toronto, ON]  (Saturday, June 14, 2014.) http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books-and-media/luminato-2014-toronto-shines-through-these-five-books/article19161484/

“Black History Month: Black Artists Speak Their Minds: George Elliott Clarke.”  [Article on black radio in Toronto.]  NOW.  [Toronto, ON]  #1622, 32.25 (February 21-27, 2013): 18. 

“Exceptional Poetics.”  Introduction.  The Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry.  Eds. Valerie Mason-John & Kevan Anthony Cameron.  Calgary: Frontenac House, 2013.  17-21. 

“Black Cat and a Purple Beemer.”  Cycle Canada.  42.3 (March 2012): 32-37. http://www.cyclecanadaweb.com/articles/14601/

Introduction.  The Journey Continues: An Atlantic Canadian Black Experience.  By Craig Marshall Smith.  Dartmouth, NS: Black Green and Red Educational Products & Craig Marshall Smith, 2012.  15.

‘“‘Indigenous Blacks’: An Irreconcilable Identity?”  Cultivating Canada: Reconciliation through the Lens of Cultural Diversity.  Eds. Ashok Mathur, Jonathan Dewar, Mike DeGagne. Ottawa: Aboriginal Healing Foundation, 2011.  397-406.

“N-word wickedness.”  NOW.  [Toronto, ON]  #1514, 30.22 (January 27-February 2, 2011): 14.

“Yes, History Made You:  Now, Go Make History!”  Preface.  How the Blacks Created Canada,  By Fil Fraser.  [Calgary, AB]: Dragon Hill Publishing, 2010. 11-14.

“X to King.”  NOW.  [Toronto, ON]  #1464, 29.24 (February 11-17, 2010): 21, 23.

Foreword.  The Hanging of Angélique: The Untold Story of Canadian Slavery and the Burning of Old Montréal.  By Afua Cooper.  Toronto: HarperCollins Canada, 2006.  XI-XVIII.  In Aims and Strategies of Good Writing.  Toronto: Pearson Education Canada, 2010.  199-204.

“Frederick Ward’s blistering blues.”  ARC Poetry Annual 2010.  Ottawa: Arc Poetry Society, 2009.  17-21.

“Twenty Years of Criticism.”  Kola.  21.1 (Summer 2009).  7-9.

“At 20:  Take Two.”  Kola.  20.2 (Fall 2008).  9-10.

“Plangent Soundings: A Conversation on Poetics, Performance, and Pedagogy.”  With Tara Lee.  Open Letter.  13.7 (Fall 2008):  40-54.

“Editorial 20 Years On.”  Kola.  20.1 (Spring/Nisan 2008): 8-12.

“Let Us Now Consider ‘African-American’ Narratives as (African-) Canadian Literature.”  Introduction.  The Refugee: Narratives of Fugitive Slaves in Canada.  Comp.  Benjamin Drew.  1856.  Toronto: Dundurn, 2008.  10-24.

“Telephone Love: Poetry to Hook Ya Up.”  Introduction.  Telephone Love.  By heronJones.  [Kevin Jones]  Toronto: PoeticSoul, 2008.  i-ii.

“Canada’s ‘invisible minorities’ must look to Obama.”  The Globe and Mail.  [Toronto, ON]  (Friday, May 9, 2008): A23.

“Black History 101:  Our peaceful white supremacy.”  Eye Weekly.  [Toronto, ON]  17.18 (January 31, 2008):  8. 

“Segregation smear.”  NOW.  [Toronto, ON]  #1351, 27.15 (December 13-19, 2007): 22, 24.

“Diasporic Diamonds.”  Foreword.  Old Friend, We Made This for You.  By Yannick Marshall and Yemi Aganga.  Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press, 2007.  8-10.

Préface.  La pendaison d’Angélique: L’histoire de l’sclavage au Canada et de l’incendie de Montréal.  Par Afua Cooper.  Montréal: Les Éditions de l’homme, 2007.  9-15.  Trans. André Couture.  Translation of Foreword.  The Hanging of Angélique: The Untold Story of Canadian Slavery and the Burning of Old Montréal.  By Afua Cooper.  Toronto: HarperCollins Canada, 2006.  XI-XVIII.

“Slaves to the ‘n’ word.”  NOW.  [Toronto, ON]  #1306, 26.22 (February 1-7, 2007): 24.

“On Reading the Free Verse of a Spiritually Free Man, Currently Incarcerated.”  Introduction.  Blue Cage at Midnight.  By Douglas Gary Freeman.  Toronto: Lyrical Miracle Press, 2007.  3-7.

“Are You Experienced?”  Introduction.  Ghettostocracy.  By Oni the Haitian Sensation.  Toronto: McGilligan Books, 2006.  7.

Introduction.  Who’s Who in Black Canada.  Second Edition.  Comp. Dawn P. Williams.  Toronto: d.p. williams & assoc., 2006.  13-14.

Quote.  “You Had Better be White by Six A.M.”: The African-Canadian Experience in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.  By Craig Marshall Smith.  Yarmouth, NS: CMS Publishing, 2006.  98.

“Why Caribana shakes up T.O.”  NOW.  [Toronto, ON]  #1280, 25.49 (August 3-9, 2006): 14.

“Black History Month—why we need to naturalize it.”  NOW.  [Toronto, ON]  #1257, 25.26 (February 23-March 1, 2006): 17.

Foreword.  The Hanging of Angélique: the Untold Story of Canadian Slavery and the Burning of Old Montréal.  By Afua Cooper.  Toronto: HarperCollins Canada, 2006.  XI-XVIII.

“First Person.”  The Guardian.  [London, England]  (December 10, 2005): Family 5.

“Recovering voice.”  The Last Word.  Waterloo: University of Waterloo Magazine.  [Waterloo, ON]  Fall 2005.

“Secret of my killer cousins.”  Scotland on Sunday.  [Edinburgh]  (August 21, 2005).

“A Dramatic Entrance….”  Foreword.  Back Talk: Plays of Black Experience.  By Louise Delisle.  Lockeport, NS: Roseway Publishing, 2005.  7-10.

“Walter Borden’s Tightrope Time, or Voicing the Polyphonous Consciousness.”  Testifyin’: Contemporary African Canadian Drama.  Ed. Djanet Sears.  Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press, 2000.  473-476.  Reprinted in Tightrope Time: Some Itty Bitty Madness Between Midnight and Dawn.  By Walter Borden.  Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press, 2005.  i-v.

Introduction.  Roam: A Novel in 6 Tripz.  By Vanz Chapman.  Toronto: Gutter Press—Urban Books, 2004.  [3]

Introduction.  Spin.  By Rudyard Fearon.  Toronto: RWF Publishing, 2004.  xiii-xiv.

“The Critique of African-Canadian Literature….”  Editorial.  Journal of Canadian Studies.  38.2 (Spring 2004): 5-7.

“Making the ‘Damn’ Nation the Race’s Salvation: the Politics of George Elroy Boyd’s Consecrated Ground.”  Introduction. Testifyin’: Contemporary African Canadian Drama, Volume II.  Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press, 2003.  393-6.

“Feeling the Blues Inside the Spirituals: Frederick Ward’s Somebody Somebody’s Returning.”  Introduction.  Testifyin’: Contemporary African Canadian Drama, Volume II.  Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press, 2003.  283-5.

“Poet, prophet, provocateur.”  Profile of M. NourbeSe Philip.  The Globe and Mail.  [Toronto ON]  June 11, 2002.  R3.

Foreword.  Motion in Poetry.  By Motion [Wendy Braithwaite].  Toronto: The Women’s Press, 2002.

“Visible Enlightenment: Introducing Verna Thomas.”  Foreword.  Invisible Shadows: A Black Woman’s Life in Nova Scotia.  By Verna Thomas.  Halifax NS: Nimbus, 2002.  vi-ix.

Introducing Suzette Mayr.  Introductions: Poets Present Poets.  Ed. Evan Jones.  Markham ON: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2001.  43-44.

“Introduction.”  Journey: African Canadian History Study Guide.  Eds. Craig M. Smith, Quenta Tynes, and Cecil Wright.  Yarmouth NS: Southwest Nova African Canadian Cultural Awareness Project and Human resources Development Canada, 2000.  5.

“Walter Borden’s Tightrope Time, or Voicing the Polyphonous Consciousness.”  Testifyin’: Contemporary African Canadian Drama.  Ed. Djanet Sears.  Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press, 2000.  473-476.

“On Charles Saunders, or The Artist as Journalist.”  Introduction.  Black and Bluenose: The Contemporary History of a Community.  By Charles Saunders.  Lawrencetown Beach NS: Pottersfield Press, 1999.  7-9.

"Two responses to Jonathan Kay, 'Explaining the Modern Backlash Against Multiculturalism,' (Policy Options, May 1998)."  Policy Options/Options politiques.  19.7 (September/septembre 1998):  52-54.

"Honouring African-Canadian Geography: Mapping Black Presence in Atlantic Canada."  Borderlines.  45 (December 1997):  35-9.

"No Language Is Neutral: Seizing English for Ourselves."  The Word.  [Toronto]  5.2 (April 1996):  11.

Introduction.  "Africville: The Spirit Lives On."  By Charles R. Saunders.  This Country Canada.  7 (Autumn/Winter 1995):  22-3.

Other Journalism

From April 27-29, 2005, I was a Guest Host for The Current, CBC's Radio Program, in Toronto, Ontario. The nationally broadcast 90 minute radio program featured interviews with Jean Augustine, MP; Olivia Chow, Toronto city councillor; Austin Clarke, novelist; David Divine, professor; Cecil Foster, writer and professor; Lorena Gale, playwright; Rahim Jaffer, MP; Irshad Manji, TV host; and Howard McCurdy, ex-MP.

From October 1988 to February 1989 I wrote a weekly column of commentary on Black community issues for The Daily News, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

From October 1987 to September 1991, I was the executive assistant for media for Dr. Howard D. McCurdy, Ph. D., Member of Parliament, House of Commons, in Ottawa. I was responsible for press releases, constituency issues and correspondence, and production of constituency brochures.

From December 1986 to October 1987, I published and edited The Rap, a monthly, Black community tabloid (circ: 7,000), in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

From September 1985 to August 1986, I worked as a Community Development Worker in the Annapolis Valley for the Black United Front of Nova Scotia. The organizational newsletter which I produced there later became The Rap.

From April 1984 to March 1985, I edited and published the Imprint, a weekly tabloid (circ: 15,000), at the University of Waterloo. 

From June 1982 to April 1983, I was a legislative researcher at the Legislative Library, at Queen's Park (Provincial Parliament) in Toronto, Ontario.

From January 1981 to December 1981, I worked as a technical writer for the Metropolitan Toronto Roads and Traffic Commission, Toronto, Ontario.