Fiona Raye Clarke is founder of The Good Pen and lead artist of “Finding Voice”. Fiona is a Trinidadian-Canadian writer, playwright, filmmaker and community-engaged artist. She facilitated mural art workshops for young men in prison in Estelí, Nicaragua during a service-learning placement at FUNARTE, and creative writing workshops funded by the Toronto Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Foundation, and the City of Toronto at the Parkdale Library, Parkdale Project Read, and the 519. She is the editor of Basodee: An Anthology Dedicated to Black Youth (2012), The Black Church in Canada (2015), and the upcoming Black Like We: Troubleshooting the Black Youth Experience which was the winner of the ArtReach Youth Arts Pitch Contest.
She has received support for her fiction and playwriting from the Ontario Arts Council. Her plays have appeared in various publications and on stage at the InspiraTO Festival and b current’s rock.paper.sistahz festival, and her writing has been published in Broken Pencil Magazine, The Peak Magazine, and alt.theatre.
Fiona is a certified Amherst Writers & Artists Method facilitator and a graduate of the Nia Centre for the Arts Art of Facilitation Program and Jumblies Theatre’s community-engaged arts intensive Artfare Essentials. She is the founder and lead artist of INTERGENERACIAL, a Black youth oral history theatre program currently in its third year and was the winner of the CaribbeanTales CineFAM Short Film Challenge for her short film “Intersecting” which will be premiered at the 2017 CaribbeanTales International Film Festival. She is a Diaspora Dialogues 2018 Long Form Mentorship Program mentee, working on her first short story collection. She is a 2018 Firefly Creative Studio Writer-in-Residence and is currently completing a Creative Writing Certificate at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies.