Dionne Brand

Dionne Brand is a renowned poet, novelist, and essayist. Her writing is notable for the beauty of its language and for its intense engagement with issues of social justice. She was Poet Laureate of the City of Toronto from 2009-12 and is a member of the Order of Canada. She won both the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Trillium Prize for Literature for Land to Light On (McClelland & Stewart, 1997). Her book Ossuaries (McClelland & Stewart, 2010) won the 2011 Griffin Poetry Prize. Among her works, No Language Is Neutral (McClelland & Stewart, 1990) and Inventory (McClelland & Stewart, 2006) were nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award. She has won the Pat Lowther Award for Poetry for her volume thirsty (McClelland & Stewart, 2002), which was also nominated for the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Toronto Book Award, and the Trillium Prize for Literature. Her critically- acclaimed novel What We All Long For (Knopf, 2005) won the Toronto Book Award. Her latest novel, Love Enough (Knopf, 2014), was shortlisted for the Trillium Prize in Literature in 2015.

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