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Scream In High Park 1995

Dionne Brand

A voice that must be heard.
Toronto Star

 Poetry is here, just here. Something wrestling with how we live, something dangerous, something honest..
Bread Out Of Stone

Born in Trinidad, holding degrees from U of T, OISE and currently completing a PhD in women's history, Dionne's clear, evocative and impassioned language brings new dimension to discussions of race, gender, sexuality, politics and class. She has authored five collections of poetry, a book of children's poetry (Earth Magic), and a collection of short fiction (Sans Souci and Other Stories). No Language Is Neutral was nominated for the Governor General's Award for poetry and, in our humble opinion, should be on every bookshelf. Just before her Scream reading Coach House Press released the collection of essays, Bread Out Of Stone, for which Adrienne Rich has called her a cultural critic of uncompromising courage. Grammar Of Dissent, an anthology of work by Dionne, Claire Harris (who was also reading at the Scream in 1995) and Nourbese Philip (who read in 1994) was published by Goose Lane. Dionne co-authored Rivers Have Sources, Trees Have Roots - Speaking of Racism and No Burden To Carry, an oral history of Black working women. An accomplished documentary film writer and director, her credits include Older, Stronger, Wiser and Sisters In Struggle, and Long Time Comin'. Other books: Chronicles of A Hostile Sun, Primitive Offensive, Epigrams to Ernesto Cardenal In Defense of Claudia, Winter Epigrams and 'Fore Day Morning. Since the Scream, Dionne has published her first novel, Anywhere Not Here, to significant acclaim. A new collection of poetry, Land To Light On was published by M&S in the Spring of 1997.

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