Thirsty. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2002.

Land To Light On. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1997.

No Language is Neutral. Toronto: Coach House Press, 1990.

Chronicles of the Hostile Sun. Toronto: Williams-Wallace, 1984.

Winter Epigrams; & Epigrams to Ernesto Cardenal in Defense of Claudia. Toronto: Williams-Wallace, 1983.

Primitive Offensive. Toronto: Williams-Wallace, 1982.

'Fore Day Morning: Poems. Toronto: Khoisan Artists, 1978.

Earth Magic: Poetry for Young People. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 1979.


What We All Long For. Toronto: A.A. Knopf, 2005.

A Map to the Door of No Return: Notes to Belonging. Toronto: Doubleday, 2001.

At The Full and Change of the Moon. Toronto: A.A. Knopf, 1999.

In Another Place, Not Here. Toronto: Vintage, 1996.

Bread Out of Stone: Recollections, Sex, Recognitions, Race, Dreaming, Politics. Toronto: Coach House Press, 1994.

“Who can speak for whom?.” Brick 46 (1993): 13-20.

Long Time Comin'. videorecording. with Faith Nolan and Grace Channer. Montreal: National Film Board, 1991.

No Burden To Carry: Narratives of Black Working Women in ONtario, 1920s-1950s. with Lois De Shield and the Immigrant Women's Job Placement Centre. Toronto: Women's Press, 1991.

Sans Souci and Other Stories. Stratford, ON: Williams-Wallace, 1988.

Sight Specific: Lesbians and Representation. Toronto: ASpace, 1988.

Rivers Have Sources, Trees Have Roots: Speaking of Racism. with Krisantha Sri Bhaggiyadatta. Toronto: Cross Cultural Communication Centre, 1986.

Earth Magic. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 1979.


Ball, John C. “White City, Black Ancestry: The Immigrant’s Toronto in the Stories of Austin Clarke and Dionne
Brand.” Open Letter 8.8 (1994): 9-19.

Bramble, Maxine. “‘That Really Wasn’t Me’: A Black, Immigrant, Caribbean Woman’s Attempt to Be/long in the
Academy.” Canadian Woman Studies 19.3 (1999): 134-140.

Brand, Dionne. “What I’d Be if I Were Not a Writer: Dionne Brand.” Brick 50 (1994): 5-6.

Brydon, Diana. “Detour Canada: Rerouting the Black Atlantic, Reconfiguring the Postcolonial.” Reconfigurations: Canadian Literatures and Postcolonial Identities. Eds. Marc Maufort and Franca Bellarsi. Brussels, Belgium: Peter Lang, 2002.

Brydon, Diana. “Postcolonial Gothic: Ghosts, Iron and Salt in Dionne Brand's At The Full and Change of the Moon.” Ebony, Ivory & Tea. Eds. Zbigniew Bialas and Krzysztof Kowalczyk-Wydawnictwo. Poland: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Slaskiego, 2004.

Carty, Linda. “‘Visible Minority’ Women: A Creation of the Canadian State.” Resources for Feminist Research
17.3 (1988): 39-42.

Casas, Maria Caridad. “Orality and the Body in the Poetry of Lillian Allen and Dionne Brand: Towards and Embodied Social Semiotics.” Ariel 33.2 (2002): 7-32.

Clarke, George E. “Harris, Philip, Brand: Three Authors in Search of Literate Criticism.” Journal of Canadian
35.1 (2000): 161-189.

Cook, Meira. “The Partisan Body: Performance and the Female Body in Dionne Brand’s No Language is
.” Open Letter 9.2 (1995): 88-91.

D'anna, Lynnette. “In Conversation with Dionne Brand.” Interview. Prairie Fire 17. 2 (1996): 9-19.

Daurio, Beverley. “The Language of Resistance: In her Poetry Dionne Brand is Rewriting History in a Way that
Saves our Humanity.” Books In Canada 19.7 (1990): 13-16.

Dorscht, Susan R. Rev. of Grammar of Dissent: Poetry & Prose, ed. Carol Morrell. Canadian Ethnic
29.1 (1997): 188-191.

Forster, Sophia. “‘Inventory is Useless Now but Just to Say’: The Politics of Ambivalence in Dionne Brand's Land to Light On.Studies in Canadian Literature 27.2 (2002): 160-182.

Freiwald, Bina. “Cartographies of Be/Longing: Dionne Brand's In Another Place, Not Here.” Mapping Canadian Cultural Space: Essays on Canadian Literature. Ed. Danielle Schaub. Jerusalem: Magnes, 1998.

Georgis, Dina. “Mother Nations and the Persistance of ‘Not Here’.” Canadian Woman Studies 20.2 (2000): 27-34.

Goldman, Marlene. “Mapping the Door of No Return: Deterritorialization and the Work of Dionne Brand.” Canadian Literature 182 (2004): 13-28.

Golfman, Noreen. “Talking Poet-heads: The Voice of Poetry in the Conversation of our Times.” Rev. of Film:
Listening for Something...Adrienne Rich & Dionne Brand in Conversation, by Dionne Brand.
Canadian Forum 75.851 (1996): 27-28.

Harris, Claire. “Grammar of Dissent: Poetry & Prose.” Books In Canada 24.3 (1995): 36-38.

Hunter, Lynette. “After Modernism: Alternative Voices in the Writings of Dionne Brand, Claire Harris and
Marlene Philip.” University of Toronto Quarterly 62.2 (1992/1993): 256-281.

Johnson, Erica L. “Unforgetting Trauma: Dionne Brand's Haunted Histories.” Anthurium: A Carribean Studies Journal 2.1 (2004): 27.

McCallum, Pamela. “Written in the Scars: History, Genre and Materiality in Dionne Brand's In Another Place, Not Here.” Essays on Canadian Writing 68 (1999): 159-182.

Morrell, Carol, ed. Grammar of Dissent: Poetry & Prose by Claire Harris, M. Nourbese Philip & Dionne
. Fredericton: Goose Lane Editions, 1994.

Nuzhat, Abbas. “Dionne’s Brand of Writing.” Herizons 13.3 (1999): 18-22.

Olbey, Christian. “Dionne Brand in Conversation.” Ariel 33.2 (2002): 87-102.

Perkins, Charmaine. “Brandishing a Powerful Pen: Interview with Dionne Brand.” Kinesis (1995): 16-17.

Priestley, Brown, and Sylvia M. “Dionne Brand: The New Wave Writing that Hates Suffering.” Open Letter 8.9
(1994): 97-102.

Sarbadhikary, Krishna. “Recovering History: The Poems of Dionne Brand.” Intersexions: Issues of Race and Gender in Canadian Women's Writing. Ed. Coomi S. Vevaina and Barbara Godard. New Delhi: Creative, 1996.

Saul, Joanne. “‘In the Middle of Becoming’: Dionne Brand's Historical Vision.” Canadian Woman Studies 23.2 (2004): 59-63.

Sturgess, Charlotte. “Dionne Brand: Writing in the Margins.” Caribbean Women Writers: Fiction in English. Eds. Mary Conde and Thorunn Lonsdale. New York, NY: St. Martin's, 1999.

Tihanyi, Eva. “Unredeemed Grace: Eva Tihanyi speaks with Dionne Brand.” Interview. Books In Canada 26.2
(1997): 8-9.

Walcott, Rinaldo. “‘A Tough Geography’: Towards a Poetics of Black Space[s] in Canada.” West Coast Line
31.1 (1997): 38-51.

Walcott, Rinaldo and Leslie Sanders. “At the Full and Change of CanLit: An Interview with Dionne Brand.”
Canadian Woman Studies 20.2 (2000): 22-26.

Wiens, Jason. “Language Seemed to Split in Two: National Ambivalence(s) in Dionne Brand's No Language is
.” Essays on Canadian Writing 70 (2000): 84-102.

“Writer Packs Poetic Punch: Dionne Brand has Always Been a Fighter of Causes, but the Pen is Now her Weapon
of Choice.” Globe & Mail (Metro Edition) 29 Apr. 1997: C1, C2.

Zackodnik, Teresa. “‘I am Blackening in my Way’: Identity and Place in Dionne Brand’s No Language is
.” Essays on Canadian Writing 57 (1995): 194-211.


Uppal, Priscila. “Recovering the Past Through Language and Landscape: The Contemporary English-Canadian Elegy.” York University, 2004.

Wild, Brendan. “Overhearing Dionne Brand: Genre and the Organic Intellectual Project.” University of Alberta, 2003.


1997: Governor General's Award, No Land to Light On

1997: Trillium Award for Literature, No Land to Light On


Dionne Brand was born in 1953 in Guayguayare, Trinidad. She moved to Toronto in 1970, and in 1975, received her BA in English and Philosophy from the University of Toronto. She later completed her Masters of Education. She has written much poetry and prose, and is also an essayist and a film maker. Her most recent poetry collection, Thirsty, received a nomination for the Griffin Poetry Prize (2003). Her writing is often politically motivated. Brand's work often centres on the experience of the immigrant woman in the Canadian city.

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