Dr. Afua Cooper is a multidisciplinary scholar and artist. Her contribution to society includes the literary arts, history, humanities, education, and human and civil rights. Her twelve books range across such genres as history, poetry, fiction, and children’s literature. Dr. Cooper served as the Poet Laureate of Halifax Regional Municipality for the term 2018-2020.

A Power Presentation by Dr. Afua Cooper

An impassioned and informative presentation that puts Black Canadians at the centre of the telling of Canadian history.

This dynamic 60-minute presentation (including Q&A) is ideal for:
• Corporate boards of directors
• Senior management team offsite presentations
• All hands team meetings
• DEI training launches
• Professional Associations & Unions
• Universities, school boards, non-profit organizations
Includes action-based activities your employees can use immediately to deepen understanding of Black culture, how to take steps to end racism and create an inclusive, healthy, and profitable workplace. Click to download the poster and read more...

32nd International Poetry Festival of Medellín, Colombia

Dr. Afua Cooper is one of the poets selected to participate in the 32nd International Poetry Festival of Medellin #32FIPM: World Peace, Peace with Nature from July 9 to 30, 2022. Follow the link to join the festival via YouTube live on Saturday, July 9th at 5:00 PM ADT: https://youtu.be/dULs2k5rH7w

Cooper is to be congratulated for long, careful and thoroughly engaged research and passionate, engaging writing…

Incantatory, vivid, passionate, sensual, incendiary — Afua Cooper’s poetry delivers rich nourishment for the imagination. Copper Woman brings mythic, historical, and present-day voices and characters to provocative, multi-dimensional life, all the way from Africa to the Caribbean to Canada and beyond. Those of us who have been wowed by Cooper’s live performances of her work will be equally taken with the ways the poems rise and breathe from the pages of this charged, bristling collection.
Allan Briesmaster, poet, and author of Weighted Light and Unleaving

The most important piece of Canadian history written in decades, Afua Cooper’s The Hanging of Angélique shakes the earth beneath the Canadian nation story. Thorough, original, and masterful, this book is a stunning reclamation of one woman’s life, but it is also a reclamation of Africans in early North American history. Trenchant and engagingly written, this book is brilliant.”
Dionne Brand, Award-winning poet and novelist. Author of What We All Long For and A Map to the Door of No Return