The Poet Laureate of Trinidad and Tobago title is the new incarnation of the former, Poet Laureate of Port of Spain, which was first awarded by the Circle of Poets and the Mayor of Port of Spain in 2000. The late Alfred McDonald (A.M.) Clarke was the first title holder.
ALFRED MCDONALD (A.M.) CLARKE
A.M. Clarke was the author of sever al poems and short stories and was a regular contributor to
the Literary Section of the Trinidad Guardian in the 1930s.
In 1943, Clarke published the first anthology of Trinidad poems which included the work of others local poets such as Edgar Mittelholzer, J. Hamilton Maurice and Hamilton Holer. In 1999 he was awarded "Poet of the City of Port-of-Spain Award" (Port of Spain City Corporation).
In 2000, he was named the first Poet Laureate of the City of Port-of Spain. His published works include: Best Poems of Trinidad (1943).
DR. EINTOU PEARL SPRINGER
is a poet, author, storyteller, an award winning actress and an activist. Audiences around the world
have been inspired by Dr. Springer's unique brand of poetry. She served as Poet Laureate of Port
of Spain from 2002-2009 and holds the distinct honour of being the first national of Trinidad and Tobago to perform her poetry at the prestigious Edinburgh Festival. Eintou, is also the recipient of the Humming Bird Silver Medal for her contribution to the development and propagation of Arts and Culture. An award-winning ac tress, she was awarded the Vanguard Award of the National Drama Association of Trinidad and Tobago (NDATT) in 2004. Another significant highlight of her career is the creation of the National Heritage Library of Trinidad and Tobago an institution which she holds the distinct honour of creating and developing. As an author, she has published five books of poetry, ‘Loving the Skin I'm In', ‘Moving into the Light', ‘Out of the Shadows' and ‘Focused', as well as stories for children entitled ‘God Child'.
In 2015 Eintou, alongside Anson Gonzalez was named by the “Caribbean Poetry Movement” among as one of the top eight (8) outstanding Caribbean Poets. Dr. Eintou Springer was bestowed an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts in 2018 from the University of Trinidad and Tobago.
began his career as a poet in the 1960's. Since then his poems have been published in numerous
journals, newsletters, newspapers, and anthologies. In 1973 he founded, edited, and published
The New Voices, a bi-annual literary journal that has published poems, plays, short stories, and non-fiction by more than 300 Caribbean writers. He has been awarded the Writers’ Un ion Writer of the Year Award (1988), and honoured for his services to the Caribbean literary community by the University of Miami.
In 2015, Anson was inscribed into the Memory of the World Register for the Caribbean and Latin America, via UNESCO Committee. He was later named as one of the top eight (8) Poets from the region by “Caribbean Poetry Movement”, alongside Eintou Springer and other renowned Caribbean Poets.
On September 6, 2015 Anson Gonzalez passed away. He will not be forgotten for his contribution to the literary arts in particular.