Ontario Poet Laureate Randell Adjei in conversation with George Elliott Clarke

27may11:00 am12:00 pmOntario Poet Laureate Randell Adjei in conversation with George Elliott ClarkeWith Randell Adjei & George Elliott Clarke

Speakers for this event

  • George Elliott Clarke

    George Elliott Clarke

    Past Poet Laureate

    The 4th Poet Laureate of Toronto (2012-15) and the 7th Parliamentary/Canadian Poet Laureate (2016-17), George Elliott Clarke’s recognitions include the Archibald Lampman Award for Poetry, a Bellagio Center (Italy) Fellowship (US), the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellows Prize, the Governor-General’s Award for Poetry, the National Magazine Gold Award for Poetry, the Premiul Poesis (Romania), the Eric Hoffer Book Award for Poetry (US), and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award.

    Past Poet Laureate

  • Randell Adjei

    Randell Adjei

    Ontario Poet Laureate

    Randell Adjei is an entrepreneur, speaker, and spoken word practitioner who uses his gifts to empower the message of alchemy. He was recently appointed Ontario’s first Poet Laureate.Randell is the founder of one of Toronto’s largest youth led initiatives: Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere (R.I.S.E Edutainment). In 2018, R.I.S.E received the Toronto Arts Foundation’s, Mayor’s Youth Arts Award.Randell is the author of “I am Not my struggles,” a powerful Anthology released in 2018. Randell was also named CBC’s Metro Morning’s Torontonian of the Year in 2015 and NOW Magazines Local Hero in May 2017. In 2020 Randell opened up for President Barack Obama at the Economic Club of Canada.

    URL https://www.randelladjei.com

    Ontario Poet Laureate

Event Details

Join Ontario’s first Poet Laureate, Randell Adjei in conversation with The 4th Poet Laureate of Toronto (2012-15) and the 7th Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate (2016-17), George Elliott Clarke.

I AM NOT MY STRUGGLES by Randell Adjei

With an unflinching eye, an extraordinary ear, and a story as timely as any on the nightly news, poet Randell Adjei brings us I AM NOT MY STRUGGLES, a collection of poetry so honest and beautiful you won’t want to put it down. Randell Adjei’s is a story of a reckless youth, early incarceration and the lessons learned, and, above all, resilience. Randell Adjei writes to know himself and to redeem himself, as well as to honor his mother, her homeland, and all the young people who come after him. The energy in I AM NOT MY STRUGGLES in infectious; once you begin the first poem you’ll find yourself rapt until the very last word of the book. I AM NOT MY STRUGGLES is an urgent and necessary poetry collection, arriving at just the moment we need it most.