Lillian Allen

Poet Laureate

Dub Poet. Educator. Spoken Word Artist.

My Toronto
Poetic Gesture

Watch Lillian share part of her 2009 poem “Toronto – pOetic gEsture” and speak about the history of dub poetry and her work in Toronto. Video directed and produced by Blake Hannahson for Heritage Toronto. Music by Samuel Gottlieb.

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Make the World New
The Poetry of Lillian Allen

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Make the World New: The Poetry of Lillian Allen. By Lillian Allen Edited by Ronald Cummings

“Allen’s work may be seen as a form of popular education. Her classroom is the streets, the concert, the reading – wherever a community of listeners and cultural workers are called together to register joy in the struggles for social change”

Brenda Carr, Ariel Journal

Poet Laureate

Lillian AllenToronto’s 7th Poet Laureate, selected by a panel of poetry experts to serve as Toronto’s new Poet Laureate. Allen’s appointment will be considered by Economic and Community Development Committee on April 25, then by City Council on May 10, 2023

Community Leader

Lillian Allen — grassroots artist, cultural activist and university professor — is considered a godmother of rap/hiphop, dub and spoken word.

Diverse Pedagogy

Lillian Allen’s work is used across the educational spectrum, encompassing learning from primary to post graduate studies.

Literary and Performance Dub Pioneer

A pioneering exponent of the highly politicized form of dub poetry created in Jamaica by Oku, popularized in Britain by Linton Kewsi Johnson and Benjamin Zephaniah, Allen embedded feminist voice and brings world music influences and experimental sensibilities to the literary dub art form.


Lillian Allen is available for readings, lectures, community workshops, concert and club performances.
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Lillian Allen

Dub Poet. Educator. Spoken Word Artist.


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