Dionne Brand

Dionne Brand is an award-winning poet and novelist.
Dionne Brand is a poet, novelist and professor. (Jason Chow)

Dionne ​Brand is an award-winning poet and novelist. She won the Governor General's Literary Award for poetry and the Trillium Book Award for her 1997 collection Land to Light On. Her collection thirsty won the 2003 Pat Lowther Award. In 2009, she served as the poet laureate of Toronto. Her novel What We All Long For won the City of Toronto Book Award in 2006. She won the 2011 Griffin Poetry Prize for Ossuaries and in 2017, she was named to the Order of Canada. Her latest books include the novel Theory and the poetry collection The Blue Clerkwhich was a finalist for the 2018 Governor General's Literary Award for poetry.

Books by Dionne Brand

Interviews with Dionne Brand

Dionne Brand answers The Next Chapter's Proust Questionnaire. 6:00
The celebrated writers joined Eleanor Wachtel on stage in Toronto for a discussion about the significance of location in literature. 58:10
In this video from the CBC Archives, Dionne Brand talks about exploring dispersal, diaspora and the desire to belong. 0:52


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