Saturday, March 15, 2008

Klyde Broox

Internationally respected dub poet Klyde Broox (a.k.a. Durm-I) has decades of performance experience in North America, Europe and the Caribbean. A consummate stage artist, he blends speech, song, dance and mime into a powerful package that is inspirational, entertaining and intellectually provocative.

Born in Jamaica, Broox won the Nathan Brissett poetry competition at Mico Teachers’ College, with the poem “Ode To The Bamboo.” in 1978. Nine years later Broox (as Durm-I) had become one of Jamaica's most promising dub poets. In England and the United States he did readings, workshops and guest lectures. His chapbook, Poemstorm was launched in Wales in 1989 and later in Jamaica. Broox received a James Michener Fellowship to the University of Miami's Caribbean Writers' Summer Institute, and therafter a scholarship.

In Canada, Klyde Broox has established himself as an influential literary figure Hamilton. In 2004, he was nominated for a John C. Holland award for community service. He is also active in the Toronto community and has coordinated both the 2004 and 2007 International Dub Poetry Festivals. Klyde's book My Best Friend is White was published by McGilligan Books.

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