As the seventh poet laureate, Dr. Afua Cooper serves a two-year term as an ambassador and advocate for literacy, literature and the arts. She will reflect the vitality of the community through appearances and readings of poetry at civic events and activities. 

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In her prose, Afua Cooper draws from her wide knowledge of history – personal and monumental – to evoke the ancestors, vistas of her childhood, memories of family and powerful passion…

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Research Topics:

Social justice and inequality   |   African diaspora   |   Body and embodiment   |   Critical race theory   |   Decolonizing studies and methodologies   |   Gender   | Slavery, abolition and freedom   |   Africa   |   Black Canada

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During her initial residency in Canada, while teaching as an instructor at Bickford Park High School in Toronto, Afua began to perform her poetry at a variety of Toronto’s spoken word spaces such as Fall Out Shelter, Strictly Ital and Trojan Horse… Continue reading “Performances”


  • WomanTalk: Women Dub Poets Heartbeat Record, 1984
  • Sunshine, Maya Music, 1989
  • Poetry Is Not a Luxury, Maya Music 1990
  • Worlds of Fire (in Motion), Toronto: Soundmind Production, 2002
  • Love and Revolution, Soundmind, 2009

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Through her outstanding work and practice as a poet and academic, Afua worked on and curated numerous exhibitions, focusing on African Canadian culture, Black women’s history, gender, slavery, abolition, and freedom…

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