(born January 7
) is a Canadian poet
, and non-fiction
writer who focuses on issues relating to black women.
Born in Guayaguayare
, Trinidad and Tobago
, in 1953 Brand emigrated to Canada. She studied at the University of Toronto
, where she earned a B.A. in English and Philosophy, an M.A. in the Philosophy of Education, and worked on a Ph.D. in Women's History. Currently she teaches at the University of Guelph
In addition to her writing, Brand has directed four documentary films for the National Film Board of Canada, including: Listening for Something: Adrienne Rich and Dionne Brand in Conversation.
She has been an active fighter for the rights of marginalized communities, especially black people and women. Brand is also a lesbian and frequently explores themes of gender, race, and sexuality in her writing.
In 2006, she was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
Despite the similarity of their names, she should not be confused with poet Di Brandt.
- In Another Place, Not Here - 1996
- At the Full and Change of the Moon - 1999
- What We All Long For - 2004 (winner of the 2006 City of Toronto Book Award)
- Sans Souci and Other Stories - 1988
- Rivers Have Sources, Trees Have Roots: Speaking of Racism - 1986
- Rivers have sources, trees have roots: speaking of racism - 1986
- No Burden to Carry: Narratives of Black Working Women in Ontario, 1920s-1950s - 1991
- Imagination, Representation, and Culture - 1994
- Bread Out of Stone - 1994 (revised 1998)
- A Map to the Door of No Return: Notes to Belonging - 2001