Spoken Word Artist Melissa Dean to perform at Laurier
Jamaican Canadian dub poet, Melissa Dean, will be on campus to perform her poetry on Friday,Mar. 8, 2013 from 12 noon to 1:00 pm in DAWB 3-106 as part of Dr. Eleanor Ty’s AF 101Q seminar "Growing up Canadian Narratives".
Melissa Dean (aka the M.A.D poet) is a professional poet and educator from the Jane and Finch area of Toronto, and has been successfully doing anti-racist work, calling attention to issues that face the African Canadian diasporic community, especially, black Canadian youths. Her poetry performance is very powerful and moving, often telling short narratives about violence, bullying, drugs, and other challenges facing young blacks. Betsy Powell of the Toronto Star writes that Dean “delivers a message of hope and empowerment using clever phrases and inventive rhymes spoken, almost sung, in an impassioned raw style.”
Dean has been writing poetry since she was 15, and has performed in Toronto as well as in locations in the U.S., including a casino in Las Vegas. She is a founding member of the Dub Poets Collective-Youth Initiative in Toronto. She has recently curated “Lost and Found: (Finding) Hidden Beauty in the ‘Hood’” at the Art Gallery of York University.
Performance supported by CICDA.
An article from the Toronto Star about Melissa Dean:
To hear a sampling of her poetry/ songs: