5 Poets Breaking Into Song 5th Edition


On a May evening, enjoy another amazing poetry music gala

Brought to you by ex-national poet laureate George Elliott Clarke & East and West Learning Connections

Featuring five penetrating poets & Emmy and Juno Award-winning composer, musician, and singer D.D. Jackson!

Time: Friday, May 27, 2022, at 7 – 9 P.M. (Eastern Time)

Free online event

zoom registration link:



The Poets


Born and raised in Kolkata, India, Ayesha Chatterjee has lived in England, the USA, and Germany, and is now based in Toronto. She is the author of two poetry collections, The Clarity of Distance, and Bottles and Bones. Chatterjee is past president of the League of Canadian Poets and chair of the League’s Feminist Caucus.


Luciano Iacobelli is a visual artist and publisher in Toronto. He is the author of 8 books of poetry. NOCT GRAMS, his most recent poetry book just came out. He likes to spend his days making sculptures and gambling on sports.


Giovanna Riccio is a poet, teacher, and independent scholar. She is the author of Vittorio, Strong Bread, and Plastic’s Republic which is shortlisted for the 2022 Bressani Prize. Her poems have been translated into 6 languages and her writing has appeared in national and international publications and in numerous anthologies. Giovanna is the 2021 winner of the Venera Fazio Poetry Prize.


Yin Xiaoyuan (殷晓媛 in Chinese) is an avant-garde, epic poet, multilingual writer, editor, and visual designer.  She is the founder of Encyclopedic Poetry School and initiator of the Hermaphroditic Writing Movement. She has published 11 books. Her works are written in Chinese, English, Japanese, German and French, and have been translated into more than 20 languages. She has traveled around China on her own and likes mountain climbing.

Recently published works: Clouding Seeding Agent(Selected Poems 2012- 2019) http://www.pinyon-publishing.com/cloudseeding.html


Paul Zemokhol has unpardonably forged two chapbooks and one full-length book. In this fabrication, he has been aided by Luciano Iacobelli and abetted by George Elliott Clarke.


The Composer, Musician, and Singer


D.D. Jackson is a Canadian-born, two-time Emmy-winning composer, songwriter, producer (5-times nominated), and a jazz pianist who has recorded 13 CDs of mostly original music as leader or co-leader, ranging from his Juno Award-winning solo piano CD “…So Far”, to his larger-scale meditation on the events of 9/11 (“Suite for New York”). He has also composed two jazz-influenced operas with George Elliott Clarke, Trudeau: “Long March/Shining Path” (about the previous “Trudeau” Prime Minister), and “Quebecite” (based in part on the story of his African American father and Chinese mother). D.D. lives in Maplewood, NJ (just outside of New York City). His website is: http://ddjackson.com


The Hosts


George Elliott Clarke was the 4th Poet Laureate of Toronto (2012-15) and the 7th P.oet Laureate of Canada (2016-17).  He’s writ 7 collections, 5 verse-plays, 5 story-suites, 4 epic tomes, 3 verse-novels, 3 libretti, 1 children’s work, and 1 title each in Chinese, Italian, and Romanian.

George’s website: georgeelliottclarke.net


An English-Mandarin interpreter and translator by profession, Jovial Si has a great interest in literature and music. She is also an active volunteer in the Chinese community in Toronto.


Everyone is welcome! For inquiries, please send an email to info@eawlc.org.  Thanks!

(Poster designed by Shirley Chen)

2 thoughts on “5 Poets Breaking Into Song 5th Edition”

  1. Looking forward to the event and wishing you all success in continuing the fine work.

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