Faculty / Poetry + Prose Instructor: Dionne Brand
Dionne Brand, Professor in the School of English and Theatre Studies, 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 2009-2012 and has received the Harbourfront Festival Prize for her contribution to the world of books and writing.
An award-winning poet, Dionne Brand won both the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Trillium Prize for Literature for her volume Land to Light On. Among her works the volumes No Language Is Neutral and Inventory respectively were nominated for the GG. She has won the Pat Lowther Award for poetry for her volume thirsty, which was also nominated for the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Toronto Book Award and the Trillium prize for literature. Her work of Poetry, Ossuaries won the 2011 Griffin Poetry Prize.
As a novelist, Brand has also achieved distinction. Her critically acclaimed novel, What We All Long For, won the Toronto Book Award. Her latest novel, Love Enough was short listed for the Trillium Prize for Literature, 2015. Her fiction includes the novel In Another Place, Not Here, a New York Times notable book, and At the Full and Change of the Moon, a Los Angeles Times Notable Book.
Brand’s non-fiction works include Bread Out Of Stone, and A Map to the Door of No Return, which, has been widely taken up in scholarly work on Being in the Black Diaspora.