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Canadian poet, novelist, playwright, essayist and short story writer

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  1. Nourbese Philip is a poet, writer, and lawyer who lives in the Toronto. She was born in Tobago. In l965, when graduating from Bishop Anstey High School, Philip was awarded the Cipriani Memorial Scholarship for standing first in a Caribbean wide examination at the high school level. This award entitled her to carry out her undergraduate studies at the University of the West Indies. In l968 Philip received her B.Sc. degree from the University of the West Indies. Philip completed a Masters degree in Political Science as well as a degree in law at the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada.She practiced law for seven years in Toronto, first at Parkdale Community Services and then in the partnership, Jemmott and Philip. During this time she completed two books of poetry.

In l983, she gave up the practice of law to devote more time to writing. Although primarily a poet, Philip also writes both fiction and non-fiction. She has published three books of poetry, Thorns, Salmon Courage, and She Tries Her Tongue; Her Silence Softly Breaks. She has been the recipient of Canada Council awards, numerous Ontario Arts Council grants and was the recipient of a Toronto Arts Council award in l989. In l988, Philip won the prestigious Casa de las Americas prize for the manuscript version of her book, She Tries Her Tongue. She was also the l988 first prize winner of the Tradewinds Collective prize (Trinidad & Tobago) in both the poetry and the short story categories. Philip’s first novel, Harriet’s Daughter, was published in l988 by Heinemann (England) and The Women’s Press (Canada). This book was one of two runners up in the l989 Canadian Library Association Prize for children’s literature.

Harriet’s Daughter was also first runner up in the Max and Greta Abel Award for Multicultural Literature. Her second novel, Looking For Livingstone: An Odyssey of Silence, was published in l991. In l994, Philip’s short story, “Stop Frame” was awarded the Lawrence Foundation Award by the journal, Prairie Schooner. In 1990, Philip was made a Guggenheim Fellow in poetry and in 1991 became a McDowell Fellow.

Philip's short stories, essays, reviews and articles have appeared in magazines and journals in North America and England, and her poetry has been extensively anthologized. Her work – poetry, fiction and non-fiction is taught widely at the university level and is the subject of much academic writing and critique. She has taught creative fiction at the third year level at York University. Two collections of Philip’s essays, Frontiers: Essays and Writings on Racism and Culture and Showing Grit: Showboating North of the 44th Parallel, were published in November l992 and June l993.

A stage adaptation of Harriet’s Daughter, her popular novel for young adults was successfully work-shopped in both 2000 and 2001 using a script written by the author. In 2001, Philip was recognized for her work as “a revolutionary poet, writer and thinker” by the Elizabeth Fry Society of Toronto which presented her their 2001 Rebels for a Cause award. That year Philip was also the recipient of the YWCA Woman of Distinction award in the Arts. In 2001 Philip was Writer in Residence at Toronto Women’s Bookstore and in 2003 at McMaster University.

In 2002 she was awarded a Chalmers Fellowship in Poetry and was featured on the Black Heritage Month poster. Highlights of 2005 included a reading at “The Scream Literary Festival” in high Park and a Rockefeller Foundation residency in Bellagio, Italy. In 2008, The Mercury Press and Weslyan Univeristy Press published Philip’s collection of poetry, Zong!. The collection of poetry is based on a legal decision at the end of the eighteenth century, related to the murder of Africans on board a slave ship. A dramatized reading of this new poem cycle was workshopped and presented at Harbourfront in Toronto.

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M. Nourbese Philip Biography

  1. Nourbese Philip is a poet, writer, and lawyer who lives in the Toronto. She was born in Tobago. In l965, when graduating from Bishop Anstey High School, Philip was awarded the Cipriani Memorial Scholarship for standing first in a Caribbean wide examination at the high school level. This award entitled her to carry out her undergraduate studies at the University of the West Indies. In l968 Philip received her B.Sc. degree from the University of the West Indies. Philip completed a Masters degree in Political Science as well as a degree in law at the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada.She practiced law for seven years in Toronto, first at Parkdale Community Services and then in the partnership, Jemmott and Philip. During this time she completed two books of poetry.

In l983, she gave up the practice of law to devote more time to writing. Although primarily a poet, Philip also writes both fiction and non-fiction. She has published three books of poetry, Thorns, Salmon Courage, and She Tries Her Tongue; Her Silence Softly Breaks. She has been the recipient of Canada Council awards, numerous Ontario Arts Council grants and was the recipient of a Toronto Arts Council award in l989. In l988, Philip won the prestigious Casa de las Americas prize for the manuscript version of her book, She Tries Her Tongue. She was also the l988 first prize winner of the Tradewinds Collective prize (Trinidad & Tobago) in both the poetry and the short story categories. Philip’s first novel, Harriet’s Daughter, was published in l988 by Heinemann (England) and The Women’s Press (Canada). This book was one of two runners up in the l989 Canadian Library Association Prize for children’s literature.

Harriet’s Daughter was also first runner up in the Max and Greta Abel Award for Multicultural Literature. Her second novel, Looking For Livingstone: An Odyssey of Silence, was published in l991. In l994, Philip’s short story, “Stop Frame” was awarded the Lawrence Foundation Award by the journal, Prairie Schooner. In 1990, Philip was made a Guggenheim Fellow in poetry and in 1991 became a McDowell Fellow.

Philip's short stories, essays, reviews and articles have appeared in magazines and journals in North America and England, and her poetry has been extensively anthologized. Her work – poetry, fiction and non-fiction is taught widely at the university level and is the subject of much academic writing and critique. She has taught creative fiction at the third year level at York University. Two collections of Philip’s essays, Frontiers: Essays and Writings on Racism and Culture and Showing Grit: Showboating North of the 44th Parallel, were published in November l992 and June l993.

A stage adaptation of Harriet’s Daughter, her popular novel for young adults was successfully work-shopped in both 2000 and 2001 using a script written by the author. In 2001, Philip was recognized for her work as “a revolutionary poet, writer and thinker” by the Elizabeth Fry Society of Toronto which presented her their 2001 Rebels for a Cause award. That year Philip was also the recipient of the YWCA Woman of Distinction award in the Arts. In 2001 Philip was Writer in Residence at Toronto Women’s Bookstore and in 2003 at McMaster University.

In 2002 she was awarded a Chalmers Fellowship in Poetry and was featured on the Black Heritage Month poster. Highlights of 2005 included a reading at “The Scream Literary Festival” in high Park and a Rockefeller Foundation residency in Bellagio, Italy. In 2008, The Mercury Press and Weslyan Univeristy Press published Philip’s collection of poetry, Zong!. The collection of poetry is based on a legal decision at the end of the eighteenth century, related to the murder of Africans on board a slave ship. A dramatized reading of this new poem cycle was workshopped and presented at Harbourfront in Toronto.

M. Nourbese Philip Videos

  • A Night of Poetry & Music with M. NourbeSe Philip (Part 1) on Vimeo
  • M. NourbeSe Philip performs ZONG! at Naropa University, 2014 on ...
  • NourbeSe Reads from Zong! - YouTube

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    Booking fees for M. Nourbese Philip, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire M. Nourbese Philip, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for M. Nourbese Philip?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like M. Nourbese Philip for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book M. Nourbese Philip for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent M. Nourbese Philip or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for M. Nourbese Philip or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

M. Nourbese Philip is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book M. Nourbese Philip for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. M. Nourbese Philip generally travels from TorontoCanada and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Al Letson, Nikki Giovanni, Emma Donoghue, Shalom Auslander and Alissa Nutting. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling M. Nourbese Philip for an upcoming event.

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  • A Night of Poetry & Music with M. NourbeSe Philip (Part 1) on Vimeo
    M. NourbeSe Philip performs ZONG! at Naropa University, 2014 on ...
  • NourbeSe Reads from Zong! - YouTube
    M. NourbeSe Philip reads "Discourse on the Logic of Language ...

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