Sylvia D. Hamilton

Sylvia D. Hamilton is a writer, filmmaker and artist, whose poetry collection And I Alone Escaped to Tell You (Gaspereau Press 2014), was a finalist for the Nova Scotia Masterworks Award and the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Her honours include the Portia White Prize, the 2019 Governor General’s History Award for Popular Media and the 2021 Luminary Award given by the Documentary Organization of Canada’s. She is an Inglis Professor Emeritus at the University of King’s College in Halifax.

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And I Alone Escaped to Tell You
Sylvia D. Hamilton

2014 / Poetry / $19.95
9781554471362 / Trade paper / 96 pp

The settlement of African peoples in Nova Scotia is a richly layered story encompassing many waves of settlement and diverse circumstances—from captives to ‘freedom runners’ who sailed north from the United States with hopes of establishing a new life. The poems in And I Alone Escaped to Tell You endeavour to give these historical events a human voice, blending documentary material, memory, experience and imagination to evoke the lives of these early Black Nova Scotians and of the generations that followed. This collection is a moving meditation on the place of African-descended people in the Canadian story and on the threads connecting all of us to the African diaspora.

Finalist for the 2015 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award for Poetry.

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Sylvia D. Hamilton

2022 / Canadian Poetry / $22.95 CAN
9781554472369 / Trade paper / 144 pp

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