Lillian Allen is a Canadian dub poet, reggae musician, writer and Juno award winner. [1 ]
Biography [ edit ]
Spanish Town, Jamaica, she left that country in 1969, first moving to New York City, where she studied English at the City University of New York. She lived for a time in [2 ] Kitchener, Ontario, before settling in Toronto, where she continued her education at York University, gaining a B.A. After meeting [3 ] Oku Onuora in Cuba in 1978, she began working in dub poetry. She released her first recording, [2 ] Dub Poet: The Poetry of Lillian Allen, in 1983.
Allen won the
Juno Award for Best Reggae/Calypso Album for Revolutionary Tea Party in 1986 and Conditions Critical in 1988. Both albums were produced by [3 ] Billy Bryans, the percussionist for Canadian dance-pop band Parachute Club.
In 2006 Allen and her work were the subject of an episode of the television series
produced by Canadian filmmaker Heart of a Poet Maureen Judge.
She is a Faculty of Liberal Studies Professor at the
Ontario College of Art and Design University, where she teaches creative writing.
She recently held the distinction of being the first
Canada Council Writer-in-Residence for Queen's University's Department of English.
Allen also co-produced and co-directed
Blak Wi Blakk, a documentary about the Jamaican dub poet Mutabaruka. [3 ] [4 ]
Discography [ edit ]
Dub Poet: The Poetry of Lillian Allen (1983)
De dub poets (1985)
Curfew Inna B.C. (1985)
Revolutionary Tea Party (1986)
Let the Heart See (1987)
Conditions Critical (1988)
Nothing But a Hero (1992)
Freedom & Dance (1999)
Anxiety (European release) (2012)
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