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D’bi Young is a Jamaican dub poet, monodramatist and educator whose socially-conscious and highly dynamic performance and art work, has made a significant mark upon the global psyche. Raised in Jamaica, she moved to Canada in 1993.
In 2001, she exploded onto the Canadian theatre as the storyteller in Da kink in my hair. Since then, she has written eight plays, including the titles Solitary,Yagayah, Androgyne, and The Sankofa Trilogy, which is being published by Playwrights Canada Press this year.
Young has authored two collections of poetry, Art on Black and Rivers and Other Blackness Between Us, produced two dub poetry albums, Wombanifesto and333, and is anthologized in over 40 publications worldwide.
In 2006, Young was recipient of two Dora Awards, and then in 2011, received the Canadian Poet of Honor Award, among numerous accolades. She was most recently featured in the coffee table book When Ackee Meets Codfish: Jamaicans in Canada, celebrating Jamaica's 50th anniversary of independence.
Young is currently penning a new album for Jamaica's 50th independence anniversary. Her latest projects include working with Canada's Stephen Lewis foundation as one of their international art ambassadors.