Dionne Brand

Dionne Brand (born January 7, 1953) is a Canadian poet, novelist, 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)

Short Stories

  • 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

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