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.
After touring Senegal and Gambia, Cooper returned to Toronto to begin her MA degree. Her thesis, which began her career studying Black Canadian history, was a study of Black teachers in Ontario from 1850 to 1870.
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”
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…