The following resources are available to help provide information on the past and current work of the Northern Griots Network, along with a view to progress going forward.

NGN_photo2The resources include materials developed as a result of the South-North Griots Summit in May 2015, as well as related studies, articles, essays, and narratives that increase the understanding and appreciation of the historic contribution of culturally diverse spoken word artists, particularly those of African Canadian background. If you have suggestions you would like to submit, please send an email to

This series of cross-country feature performances of poets n major Canadian cities, in 2003-04, was the result of the seminal gathering of leaders of the African Canadian spoken word poetry movement.

Canada has a history of hosting literary gatherings of culturally diverse artists and writers from the Caribbean, Africa, and beyond that have proved ground-breaking in their artistic and social impact nationally and world-wide. Learn about these watermark moments that have shaped Canadian literature.

At the South-North griots Summit in May 2015, the wrap up session included a presentation of an NGN perspective on the evolution of contemporary African Canadian spoken word poetry.
To read a PDF of the presentation, click the following link: Telling Our Story

The Program for the South-North Griots Summit includes a curatorial statement, a schedule of events and activities, descriptions of all events and activities, detailed bios, photos, and links for all invited participants, and a list of key resources. 
To read a pdf version of the Program, click the following links:
Summit Program: Welcome and Vision
Summit Program: Schedule
Summit Program: Bios, Photos, and Resources

Other resources available from the South-North Griots Summit include the Planning Session Report, as well as a presentation on the Origin of the Djeli by Taalam Acey:
Summit Planning Session Report
Spoken Word and the Evolution of the Griot

This cross-section of some key resources includes essays, anthologies, and first-hand narrative accounts detailing insights on the development and practice of african Canadian spoken word poetry.

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