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Dionne Brand: Nomenclature Launch at the AGO

September 14, 2022, 7:00 PM8:30 PM EDT


Join Dionne Brand with Christina Sharpe, Idil Abdillahi, Canisia Lubrin, Courtnay McFarlane, and Sam Tecle to celebrate the launch of Nomenclature: New and Collected Poems.  The book begins with a new long poem, the titular “Nomenclature for the Time Being,” in which Dionne Brand’s diaspora consciousness dismantles our quotidian disasters. In addition to this searing new work, Nomenclature collects eight volumes of Brand’s poetry published between 1982 and 2010 and includes a critical introduction by the literary scholar and theorist Christina Sharpe.

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Christina Sharpe, Writer, Professor, Canada Research Chair, York University, author Monstrous IntimaciesIn The Wake: On Blackness and Being, Ordinary Notes (forthcoming).

Idil Abdillahi, Assistant Professor Toronto Metropolitan University, Co-Author Black Life, Author, Black Women Under State (forthcoming).

Canisia Lubrin, Assistant Professor, University of Guelph, Poet, writer Voodoo Hypothesis, The DyzgraphistCode Noir (fiction forthcoming).

Courtnay McFarlane, Artist/Curator/Poet, co- editor MÃKA Diasporic Juks: Contemporary Writing by Queers of African Descent. 

Sam Tecle, Assistant Professor Toronto Metropolitan University, author Black Grammars: On Difference and Belonging (forthcoming).

Dionne Brand’s collection, Ossuaries (McClelland & Stewart), won the 2011 Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize. She was also a finalist in 2003 for thirsty (McClelland & Stewart) and in 2019 for The Blue Clerk (Penguin Random House Canada).

Canisia Lubrin won the 2021 Griffin Poetry Prize for The Dyzgraphxst (McClelland & Stewart).


September 14, 2022
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT


Baillie Court
Art Gallery of Ontario
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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