"Peter's poetry brings together the old world of his ancestors and heritage, and the new world to which he has emigrated. In each country he is comfortable in his body and in his language. Peter is realistically aware, and honours the yin and yang of both his 'homes.'"
- Beryl Baigent, poet, freelance writer and teacher
"Teachers have a gift for giving. As with all great teachers, Peter Jailall's poetry gives its readers life's lessons of tolerance and justice, sadness and laughter, pride and passion. Peter's poetry has something important to say and to be learned. Its gift is that it is told with clarity and inventiveness."
- Jim Giles, teacher, Peel Board of Education
"There are but few poets capable of touching us socially, politically and economically. However, Peter Jailall is one of these limited few; his work compels us to take note of our daily lives as we communicate with each other."
- Kofi Casisi, teacher, poet
Peter Jailall, a teacher, poet and storyteller, was born in Guyana in 1944. He is the author of three books of poetry: This Healing Place (1993), Yet Another Home (1997) and When September Comes (2003). Peter is a member of the Racial Minority Writer's Collective and the League of Canadian Poets. He has read his poetry in schools, libraries and universities across North America, the United Kingdom, the Caribbean and Guyana. An avid supporter of human rights and social justice, he expresses his compassion and passion for human values through his poetry. He was a finalist in the 2002 Mississauga Arts Award in the category of Established Literary Artist. Peter lives in Mississauga with his wife, Sabi, and their two sons, Dave and Nari.close this panel