b. 1953


Born in Guayaguayare, the southernmost village in Trinidad and Tobago, poet, novelist, and scholar Dionne Brand moved to Canada in the 1970s to attend the University of Toronto. The author of 10 books of poetry, she has won the Governor General’s Award, the Trillium Book Award, the Pat Lowther Award, and the Griffin Poetry Prize. In 2009, she was named the Poet Laureate of Toronto.

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