Lillian Allen – Surrey Muse

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Lillian Allen is a Jamaican Canadian poet, spoken word artist, media producer and an educator who has published four books of poetry, ‘Make the World New’, ‘Rhythm An’ Hardtimes’ (a Canadian best seller), ‘Psychic Unrest’, and ‘Women Do This Everyday’. Her work for young people includes ‘Why Me’ and ‘If You See Truth’. Lillian is a two-time Juno award winner, for her first album Revolutionary Tea Party that was also proclaimed a Landmark Album by Ms. Magazine in 1991, and for Conditions Critical. Her other albums include Freedom & Dance, ANXIETY, and a recording for children and young people Nothing But a Hero. A pioneer of dub lyricism, rap, and spoken word poetry, Lillian is recognized for inculcating a feminist voice in the literary dub art form. She is the founder of Toronto International Dub Poetry Festival and a variety of cultural organizations such as youth empowering Fresh Arts. As a playwright Lillian has produced One Bedroom With Dignity, Love & Other Strange Things, and a radio play Marketplace. She also co-produced and co-directed Blak Wi Blak, a film documentary on Jamaican dub poet Mutabaruka. Lillian is a professor of creative writing at Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD) in Toronto. 

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At the March 25, 2022 gathering of Surrey Muse, Lillian will be the Featured Poet. More about the event is here: friday-march-25

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An interdisciplinary Arts and Literature group that meets Fourth Saturday of each month except December. Presents a Guest Author, a Featured Poet, and a Featured Artist/Performer with two Emerging Writers/Artists. Discussions. Open Mic. Book Table. Book Signings. Free event. Donations welcome.

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