Hamilton Room, Central Branch, Hamilton Public Library
Klyde Broox will present us with the meaning of dub, its principles and practices, and how dub poetry’s neoliterary identity can inform other forms of poetry on the contemporary ascendancy of orality. The presentation would involve some performance specifically geared to be interactive and facilitate discourse.
Klyde Broox is an award winning Jamaican born dubpoet, writer, and literary activist, with a growing international reputation. Broox won the 1979 Nathan Brissett Poetry Prize in Jamaica, a 1992 James Michener Fellowship, from the University of Miami, in the United States; the 2005 City of Hamilton Arts Award for Literature and the 2011 Rev. John. C. Holland Award for Arts Achievement, in Canada. He has published two volumes of poetry, Poemstorm, (Swansea, Wales, 1989) and the award-wining, My Best Friend is White, (McGilligan Books, Toronto, 2005).
Migrating to Canada in 1993; Broox emerged as one of its foremost practitioners of dubpoetry, and was a core member of Toronto’s now inactive Dub Poets Collective. In 2007, Klyde coordinated an international dubpoetry festival in his hometown Hamilton, where, since 1997, he has hosted a monthly performance oriented open-stage series, PoeMagic. Klyde sometimes travels across Canada to perform his poetry, give workshops and deliver guest lectures. Over the decades, he has earned a reputation as “a consummate stage artist who blends speech, song, dance and gesture into a powerful package that is inspirational, entertaining and intellectually provocative.” Klyde usually invites audiences and workshop participants to experience poetry as social communion.