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“O for a Muse of fire,
that would ascend
The brightest heaven
of invention,
A kingdom for a
stage, princes to act
And monarchs to
behold the swelling
scene!”
-Willam Shakespeare
King Henry V





Lillian Allen

Lillian Allen


Lillian Allen emerged as a leading influential figure on the Canadian cultural landscape. 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.

Hons: 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. Many , other awards and citations.

Works: selected: Psychic Unrest, 2000, Freedom & Dance (CD), 1999; Women Do This Every Day, , 1993; Nothing But A Hero, 1992; , Why Me, 1991; , Conditions Critical (album), 1988; If You See Truth, 1987; Revolutionary Tea Party ( album),1986; Curfew Inna BC (cassette), 1985; De dub poets (recording), 1984. In Anthologies: Wheel : and Come Again, 1988; The Other Women in Canadian Literature, 1995; Breaking Through: A Canadian Literary Mosaic, 1990. Plays; Market Place, 1995; Love and Other Strange Things, 1993, 1991; Art and Motherhood, 1985. , Reports; First Steps on the Road to Racial and Cultural Equality: From Multiculturalism to Access; Creating Room for Inclusion- a Strategy for Cultural Diversity, 2001; Cultural Diversity in Every Day Life, 2002.

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2006 Calgary International Spoken Word Society