Di Brandt


Di Brandt Title: Instructor


Dr. Di Brandt is delighted to return to the University of Winnipeg’s English department, where her academic teaching career began many years ago (and where she taught notable students such as Meira Cook, Marie Annharte Baker, Carol Rose, Sylvia Legris, and Clarise Foster, who went on to win awards and develop prestigious literary careers).   Since then, she has held Writer-in-Residency, Research Fellowship and tenured positions at the Universities of Alberta and Windsor (where she taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in Canadian Literature and Creative Writing), and most recently Brandon University, MB, where she held a prestigious Canada Research Chair in Literature and Creative Writing, and developed a new undergraduate Creative Writing program, and Canada’s first university Poetry Video Lab.  She has also held guest lecture positions at the Universities of Trier (Germany), Graz (Austria), Maribor (Slovenia), and guest residencies at Hawthornden Castle (Scotland), Ledig House (New York), Chateau de Lavigny (Switzerland), and Fundacion Valparaiso (Spain).  She has given readings and workshops at festivals and universities around the world, including Japan, Medéllin (Colombia), Denmark, Scotland, England, and elsewhere.  She has also given many freelance workshops and manuscript consultations in community groups and publishing houses, across Canada.

Teaching Areas:

Canadian Literature and Creative Writing


(W) ENGL-2102.3-006 Intro Creative Writing

(F) ENGL-3709.3-001 Topics in Canadian Literature


Di Brandt is the multiple award-winning author and editor of numerous books of poetry, literary criticism, creative essays, and fiction.  Her first book of poetry, questions i asked my mother, a bestselling book and media sensation and the first book by a woman from the southern Manitoba Mennonite Reserve, was recently re-issued in a 30th anniversary tribute edition, with Afterword by Tanis MacDonald (Gerald Lampert Award for “best first book of poetry in Canada”).   Now You Care was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Pat Lowther Award for “best book of poetry by a woman in Canada,” and the Trillium Ontario Book of the Year Award, and was also much celebrated in the Canadian media.  Her most recent collection, Walking to Mojácar, with French and Spanish translations by Charles Leblanc and Ari Belathar, was shortlisted for the McNally Robinson Manitoba Book of the Year Award. 

Her critical anthology, Wider Boundaries of Daring:  The Modernist Impulse in Canadian Women’s Poetry, co-edited with Barbara Godard (Avie Bennett Chair in Canadian Studies at York University), received the Gabrielle Roy Prize for “best book of literary criticism in Canada,” and was shortlisted for the Canada Prize in the Humanities.  Her first book of literary criticism, Wild Mother Dancing:  Maternal Narrative in Canadian Literature, is credited with inspiring the creation of ARM (Association for Research on Mothering, at York University) and its related publications, the Journal for Research on Mothering, and Demeter Press. 

Di Brandt has also collaborated with numerous artists in the creation of multimedia works, including the poetry/song cycle Awakenings:  In Four Voices, with singer/songwriters Rebecca Campbell and Carol Ann Weaver and poetry by Dorothy Livesay; the opera Emily, the Way You Are, about the life and works of Emily Carr, with composer Jana Skarecky; the poetry/art chapbook SHE:  Poems Inspired by Laozi’s Dao De Jing, with artist Lin Xu; and the song cycle Coyotes Do Not Carry Her Away, for soprano, clarinet and harp, with composer Kenneth Nichols.  She has hosted numerous symposia and festivals including the OGAMAS National Aboriginal Literary Festival and the Manitoba Mennonite Creative Arts Festival, both at Brandon University.