Poet, novelist, playwright, librettist, screenwriter, and critic George Elliott Clarke was born in Windsor, Nova Scotia, and grew up in Halifax. His acclaimed verse-novel Whylah Falls (1990), adapted for radio and stage, has been published in Chinese, while Execution Poems (2001) won the Governor General's Literary Award for poetry. The foremost scholar of African-Canadian literature, Clarke authored the foundational volumes, Odysseys Home: Mapping African-Canadian Literature (2002) and Directions Home: Approaches to African-Canadian Literature (2012). His recent books include Where Beauty Survived: An Africadian Memoir (2021). He is the E.J. Pratt Professor of Canadian Literature at the University of Toronto, and has taught at Duke, McGill, and Harvard.