Dionne Brand is a poet, novelist, and essayist. She has received numerous awards, including the Governor General’s Literary Award, The Pat Lowther Award, and the Griffin Poetry Prize. Theory, one of her five novels, won the Toronto Book Award. The Blue Clerk, one of her ten volumes of poetry, won the Trillium Book Award. Brand is a professor in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph, Canada.