Biographies and Publications – Dionne Brand and Bertold Brecht

Dionne Brand

Born 1953 in Trinidad and Tobago.
Immigrates to Canada, studies at University of Toronto (BA) and the Ontario Insitute for Studies in Education (MA). Since she came to Canada, Brand has been an active fighter for the rights of marginalized communities, especially black people and women.

Governor General’s Award for Poetry and the Trillium Award for Literature for Land to Light On.

Takes part in the Transitional Identities Conference in Mainz, Germany.

Thirsty is a finalist for the Trillium Book Award and the Griffin Poetry Prize, and won the Pat Lowther Memorial Award for Poetry.

Writer-in-Residence at the University of Guelph.

What We All Long For wins the City of Toronto Book Award and is successfully published in Germany; becomes fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (now known as The Academies for Arts, Humanities, and Sciences of Canada). Inventory is a finalist for the Governor General’s Award. She wins the Harbourfront Festival Prize for her contribution to the world of books and writing.

Participates in the Frühjahrsbuchwoche in Munich.

Teaches at the Banff Centre, Alberta.
Is appointed poet laureate of Toronto.

Wins the Griffin Poetry Prize for Ossuaries (2010).

Dionne Brand has taught literature and creative writing in Ontario and British Columbia. She has also been a Distinguished Visiting Professor at St. Lawrence University in New York and has held the Ruth Wynn Woodward Chair in Women's Studies at Simon Fraser University. She currently holds a University Research Chair in English and Creative Writing at the University of Guelph. She was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2006.

Dionne Brand lives in Toronto.


Bertold Brecht

Born 1898 in Augsburg.

Studies medicine in Munich; attends theatre seminars; military service as medical orderly; involvement in soldiers’ council during November Revolution.

Attends rehearsals of Max Reinhardt in Berlin; Drums in the Night opens in Munich and Berlin; In the Jungle of Cities in Munich; Baal in Leipzig.

Moves to Berlin, meets Helene Weigel; friendship with George Grosz, Alfred Döblin; collaboration with Lion Feuchtwanger, Kurt Weill and Erwin Piscator.

The Threepenny Opera premieres at the Theater am Schiffbauerdamm in Berlin to huge success.

Marries Helene Weigel; premiere of The Mother; release of the films Threepenny Opera and Kuhle Wampe.

Flees with family to Zürich after the burning of the Reichstag; settles in Denmark; The Seven Deadly Sins opens in Paris.

Travels to London, Moscow, Paris and New York; completes first version of Life of Galileo.

Forced to move to Sweden, then to Finland; completes Mother Courage and Her Children and The Good Person of Szechwan.

Moves with family, Steffin and Berlau via Moscow and Vladivostok to Los Angeles.

Meets German exiles in Los Angeles, works on screenplays such as Fritz Lang’s Hangmen Also Die; completes The Caucasian Chalk Circle.

Life of Galileo premieres in LA in English translation with Charles Laughton; leaves for Switzerland after being interrogated by the House of Unamerican Activities Committee.

Moves to East Berlin, establishes the Berliner Ensemble; production of Mother Courage with Helene Weigel.

Takes up Austrian citizenship; elected vice president of the German Academy of the Arts and president of the German PEN Centre; receives the National Award of the GDR.

Berliner Ensemble moves to the Theater am Schiffbauerdamm; editions of his work are published in East and West Germany; accepts the Stalin Prize in Moscow.

Brecht died 17 August 1956 in Berlin.