Get to know Winnipeg's Poet Laureate!

Turnstone Press is thrilled to have Di Brandt as Winnipeg's first-ever poet laureate. Di has been a long-time friend and author of Turnstone Press, and we've had many opportunities to chat one-on-one with her over the years. We've brought together our published conversations with her into one convenient location, so feel free to browse through the links below for insight into her illustrious career with Turnstone Press, and abroad!

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My Studio: Di Brandt

Di Brandt's Walking to Mojácar "immerses readers into a transcultural voyage"

Di Brandt Winnipeg's Inaugural Poet Laureate

Quatrain Questions: Di Brandt


And of course, do consider purchasing copies of Di's award-winning titles for your bookshelf:

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About Di Brandt:

Di Brandt is an internationally renowned, multiple award-winning poet, author, essayist and literary critic.  Her poetry titles include the acclaimed, bestselling questions i asked my mother, recently re-issued in a 30th anniversary tribute edition with Afterword by Tanis MacDonald; Agnes in the sky; Jerusalem Beloved; Now You Care; Walking to Mojácar, with French and Spanish translations by Charles Leblanc and Ari Belathar; and most recently, Glitter & fall: Laozi's Dao De Jing, Transinhalations (Turnstone Press 2018).   Her critical work includes So this is the world & here I am in it and the award-winning critical anthology, Wider Boundaries of Daring:  The Modernist Impulse in Canadian Women's Poetry, co-edited with Barbara Godard, with Introduction by Di Brandt. 

Di Brandt has received numerous award for her work, including the Gerald Lampert Award for "best first book of poetry in Canada," the McNally Robinson Award for Manitoba Book of the Year, the CAA National Poetry Prize, and the Gabrielle Roy Prize for "best book of literary criticism in Canada," with Barbara Godard.  Her poetry has been nominated for the Governor General's Award (twice), the Dillons Commonwealth Poetry Prize, the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Trillium Ontario Book of the Year Award and many other recognitions.  Wider Boundaries of Daring was shortlisted for the Canada Prize in the Humanities.  Di Brandt has also collaborated with numerous artists working in other media, including composers Carol Ann Weaver and Rebecca Campbell, Jana Skarecky and Ken Nichols. 

Di Brandt has held research and writing positions at the Universities of Alberta, Manitoba, Windsor (ON), Brandon (MB), and is delighted to have returned to the University of Winnipeg where her academic career began.  She has held guest lectureships and fellowships, and given lectures, readings and creative writing workshops around the world, including across Canada, the US, England, Germany, Spain, Denmark, Switzerland, Austria, Scotland, Japan, the Middle East and Colombia (SA).  She is currently serving a two-year term as Winnipeg's inaugural Poet Laureate (2018-2019).

(Biography courtesy of the University of WinnipegUniversity of Winnipeg)

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