Afua Cooper was born and raised in Jamaica, migrating to Toronto in 1980. She is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Copper Woman, and the national best-seller The Hanging of Angelique, nominated for the Governor General’s Award in 2006. She has read all across Canada, the Caribbean, the UK, the United States, and West Africa, performing as a proponent of the African-Caribbean poetry genre, Dub poetry. Afua holds a Ph.D. in history with specialties in slavery, abolition, and women studies, and is one of Canada’s premier experts and chroniclers of the hidden history of Black peoples in Canada.