Afua Cooper is a Jamaican-born Canadian historian, author and dub poet based in Toronto, ON. She holds a Ph.D. in African-Canadian history with specialties in slavery and abolition. She also has expertise in women’s history and New France studies, and is the winner of the Harry Jerome Award for professional excellence. Cooper has published four books of poetry, including Memories Have Tongue (1994), one of the finalists in the 1992 Casa de las Americas literary award. She is the co-author of We’re Rooted Here and They Can’t Pull Us Up: Essays in African Canadian Women’s History (1994), which won the Joseph Brant Award for history. Her book The Hanging of Angelique (2006) was shortlisted for the 2006 Governor General’s Literary Award for non-fiction. Cooper has also released two albums of her poetry, and was appointed as Halifax’s new poet laureate in April 2018.