Dr. Mason-John is an award-winning writer. Her first novel Borrowed Body (renamed The Banana Kid) won the Mind Book of the Year Award, and was named the British Color Purple by the UK media. Mason-John began her writing career as an international correspondent covering Australian Aboriginal Land Rights and Black Deaths in custody, Sinn Fein Prisoners in Northern Ireland, political unrest, education, and the arts. She is the author of four non-fiction books, one award winning novel, and a collection of poetry, prose and plays, as well as having several plays produced.

Kevan Anthony Cameron, also known as Scruffmouth is a scribe, spoken poet, performer and proud co-editor of The Great Black North. He is a veteran of the poetry slam scene in North America and aims to “edutain” with his work that focuses on knowledge of self, identity and vocalizing the stories of people of African descent at home and abroad. Kevan was born in Edmonton, Alberta to Jamaican parents.

Here, Valerie and Kevan discuss why they wanted an African-Canadian poetry anthology.

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