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Dionne Brand is a renowned poet, novelist, and essayist known for formal experimentation and the beauty and urgency of her work. Brand’s award-winning poetry books include Land to Light On; thirstyInventory; and Ossuaries (winner of the prestigious Griffin Poetry Prize).  Her latest, The Blue Clerk, an essay poem, won the Trillium Book Award. Theory, her latest of five novels, won the Toronto Book Award. She is the author of the influential nonfiction work, A Map to the Door of No Return: Notes to Belonging. Her most recent non-fiction work is An Autobiography of the Autobiography of Reading. Brand is a recipient of the Windham-Campbell Prize for Fiction, 2021. Nomenclature: New and Collected Poems will be published in 2022. She served as Toronto’s third Poet Laureate from 2009 to 2012. She is Professor in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph.