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Advisory Board Member

University of Guelph

Dionne Brand is a renowned poet, novelist, and essayist who presently holds a University Research Chair at the University of Guelph. Her writing is notable for the beauty of its language, and for its intense engagement with issues of social justice, including particularly issues of gender and race. Best known for her poetry, she has also achieved great distinction and acclaim in fiction and non-fiction. Over her career she has won the Governor GeneralĀ“s Literary Award for Poetry, the Pat Lowther Award, The Trillium Award for Literature and the Toronto Book Award.

Improvisation is, simply put, being and living this very moment. No one can hide in music, and improvising in music is to be truly in this very moment and being completely yourself, with all your qualities and faults. It is probably the most honest state for a human being to be in.

– John McLaughlin in an interview with Daniel Fischlin.