Brand is a poet, novelist and essayist living in
Toronto. Her eight volumes of poetry include Land
to Light On (McClelland & Stewart), which won
the Governor General’s Award for Poetry and
the Trillium Award for Literature in 1997. Brand’s
most recent volume of verse is called thirsty (McClelland
& Stewart). In 2003 it was nominated for the
Trillium Prize for Literature, and the Griffin Poetry
Prize. It won the Pat Lowther Award for Poetry.
Dionne Brand’s latest novel What We All Long
For (Knopf) has just been published to great acclaim
in Canada. Her fiction includes the acclaimed collection
Sans Souci and Other Stories and In Another Place
Not Here (Knopf), a 1998 New York Times notable
book. Her second title At the Full and Change of
the Moon (Knopf) is a novel spanning six generations,
two wars and the violence of the late twentieth
century. It has since been translated into Italian.
Her works of nonfiction include Bread Out Of Stone
(Vintage), a book of essays, and A Map to the Door
of No Return (Doubleday), a meditation on blackness
in the Diaspora.