Lillian Allen is an award winning and internationally renowned poet, arts activist and writer. She is a cultural strategist and professor of creative writing (Ontario College of Art & Design in Toronto). As one of its lead originators, she specializes in the writing and performing of the highly political form of dub poetry; the predecessor to rap, hip hop and spoken word. She has opened up the form for women and has inscribed it with womanist and feminist content.

Her landmark recordings “Revolutionary Tea Party” and “Conditions Critical” won Juno awards in 1986 and 1988 respectively. She also writes and records for children. Lillian has published several books of poetry and her work appears independently and in anthologies and is played on community and alternate radio stations worldwide. She has spent close to four decades writing, publishing, recording and performing her work in Canada, the US, the Caribbean, Europe, and the UK.

She is the instigator, co-producer and host of WORDBEAT, a thirteen part 2004 CBC show on poetry and the spoken word. She was the Toronto Arts Council Cultural Equity Implementation strategist and 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 past executive member of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. Her latest CD, ANXIETY captures the zeitgeist of our time.

 

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