Poet, documentarist. Official profiles of prize-winning Trinidad-born poet Brand are coy about her lesbianism and its relevance to her writing, although she and her work itself are not. Toronto-based Brand has had a significant involvement with film, both as writer and director, especially with works about African Canadian women’s history and culture made in collaboration with NFB’s Studio D. As director, Brand is best known for Long Time Comin’ (1993, 52), a warm and vivid portrait of two black lesbian artists, Grace Channer and Faith Nolan. But her more personal and perhaps more profound work as director is Listening for Something... Adrienne Rich and Dionne Brand in Conversation (1996), a filmic reading and discussion between herself and the American elder lesbian writer that brings out rich synchronies. Most recently Brand wrote the script and text for Under One Sky... Arab Women in North America Talk About the Hijab (Jennifer Kawaja, NFB, 1999, 44).
Trinidad and Tobago