MARQUETTE Ã‚– Poet Lillian Allen will perform some of her Ã‚“dubÃ‚” poetry at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 25, in the Charcoal Room of the University Center at Northern Michigan University.
Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Allen moved from Spanish Town, Jamaica to North America in 1969. She studied at the City University of New York, and York University in Toronto. She is known internationally for her award-winning dub poetry, which expresses emotions not only in the sense of art, but also in reflection of culture. Dub poetry is a highly politicized form of reggae poetry that has been set to music. Written and voiced in the Caribbean vernacular, readers and listeners can experience the passions and principles of AllenÃ‚’s native culture through her verse.
Allen has written, published and performed her work across Canada, the United States, England and the Caribbean.Ã‚ Her first album, Revolutionary Tea Party, won a Juno Award for best Reggae/Calypso record. Another album, Condition Critical, won the same award in 1988. Allen has published two books, Rhythm AnÃ‚’ Hardtimes and Women Do This Everyday. Books she has written for young people include Why Me, Nothing But a Hero, which is also a recording, and If You See Truth. Ã‚ Her most recent album is entitled Psychic Unrest.Ã‚
In addition to her work as a poet, Allen is also a playwright, producer, director and activist in issues such as diversity in culture, cross-cultural learning and the arts in education. She teaches creative writing on a part-time basis at the Ontario College of Art and Design.Ã‚
Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ This event is free and open to the public. The King*Chavez*Parks Initiative and the Sigma Tau Delta English honorary organization are sponsoring AllenÃ‚’s visit.