Published by Communications and Public Affairs (519) 824-4120, Ext. 56982 or 53338
September 30, 2003
Author Dionne Brand returns to U of G as writer-in-residence
Dionne Brand, a recipient of the Governor General's Award for Poetry, is the 2003-2004 writer-in-residence at the University of Guelph. Brand will read from her novel in progress Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. in Pages café, above the U of G bookstore. The event is free and open to the public.
Brand, a U of G English professor from 1992 to 1994, is a Toronto-based poet, novelist and essayist whose most recent volume of poetry, thirsty, won the Pat Lowther Award for Poetry. It was also nominated for the Griffin Poetry Prize and the Trillium Award for Literature, an award she received in 1997 for Land to Light On. In addition to eight volumes of poetry, Brand's work includes the novels At the Full and Change of the Moon and In Another Place Not Here, and a collection of short stories, Sans Souci and Other Stories.
"It's a great pleasure and significant honour to welcome Dionne Brand back to Guelph as writer-in-residence," said Alan Shepard, director of the School of English and Theatre Studies. "She's an artist at the centre of contemporary debates about race, global transfiguration, sexual identity and colonialism. Her poems, essays and novels are politically and socially engaged in the serious matters of life that Guelph students and others in the U of G community care about."
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