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Published on September 24th, 2013


Bertha Clark – The Soul Poet

Born in San Francisco, Adelene da soul poet (aka Bertha Clark) came to Canada, her mother’s home country, when she was seven. She is a descendant of the first black pioneers who settled on Salt Spring Island and in Victoria in the mid-1800s. Her grandmother was the proprietor of Vie’s Chicken and Steaks, a famous restaurant on Vancouver’s Union Street which operated from the early 1940s to the late 1970s. ¬†Adelene da soul poet began to write and perform poetry at an early age. ¬†She attended college in Hawaii where she majored in Literary and Creative writing. She was told by her mother that her poetry was healing and would one day make a difference in the world.

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