Greg Birkett is a York University and OISE University of Toronto graduate with degrees in History and Education. He teaches English and History in the high school division of the Toronto District School Board. Greg is a published author (Black History: Africa, the Caribbean, and the Americas – Emond Montgomery Publications), award-winning poet (H.K. Girling Award – York University), recognized community teacher (Governor-General Award for Teaching Excellence Finalist, 2011) and co-writer of “The Litany of the Gun” (co-written with Toronto Star columnist Royson James – performed at schools and community functions throughout the GTA). He has also written freelance for the Toronto Star, and was featured in an article in Sway Magazine highlighting his innovative approach to classroom teaching and education. In July of 2012 his play entitled Do You Remember Me was performed at the Toronto Fringe Festival, Toronto’s largest theatre and performance festival. Do You Remember Me, which is written and performed entirely in the art form of slam poetry, received praise and positive reviews from critics and attendees alike for its creative and unique approach to addressing issues such as infidelity, gender-based inequality and single-parent households that continue to provide challenges for Black families. The buzz surrounding the play landed Greg an interview with popular radio talk show host Matt Galloway on CBC Radio One’s Metro Morning, the most listened-to radio show in Toronto. A provocative and engaging play titled Something to Offer that Greg has co-authored with accomplished novelist and playwright Yvonne Rodney, will debut at the Toronto Centre for the Arts in February of 2013. Greg is the founder of G.I.A. Productions, a youth-focused organization that uses the artistic mediums of spoken word, drama, dance, and music to stage original productions that promote education, history, and positivity in the community.