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M. Nourbese Philip

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Award-Winning Poet, Novelist & Essayist

Award-Winning Poet, Novelist & Essayist

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M. Nourbese Philip Biography

M NourbeSe Philip was born in Tobago. She earned a BSc from the University of the West Indies and an MA and LLB from the University of Western Ontario. Philip was a practicing lawyer for seven years before turning full-time to writing. She is the author of works of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Her collections of poetry include "Thorns" (1980); "Salmon Courage" (1983); "She Tries Her Tongue" (1989); "Her Silence Softly Breaks" (1988), which won a Casa de las Américas Prize for Literature; and "Zong!" (2008), a polyvocal, book-length poem concerning slavery and the legal system.

In addition to poetry, Philip has published two novels: the young adult novel :Harriet’s Daughter" (1988), a runner-up for both a Canadian Library Association Prize for children’s literature and a Max and Greta Abel Award for Multicultural Literature, and "Looking for Livingstone: An Odyssey of Silence" (1991). Philip’s short story “Stop Frame” received a Lawrence Foundation Award in 1994. Her play "Coups and Calypsos" (1999) has been produced in both Toronto and London.

Philip’s essay collections include "Frontiers: Essays and Writings on Racism and Culture" (1992), "Showing Grit: Showboating North of the 44th Parallel" (1993), "CARIBANA: African roots and continuities—Race, Space and the Poetics of Moving" (1996), and "Genealogy of Resistance and Other Essays" (1997).

Philip’s numerous honors and awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, and MacDowell Colony. She is the recipient of awards from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and Toronto Arts Council. In 2001, she was recognized by the Elizabeth Fry Society with its Rebels for a Cause Award, and the YWCA awarded her its Women of Distinction in the Arts Award. Philip has received a Chalmers Fellowship in Poetry and has been writer-in-residence at Toronto Women’s Bookstore and McMaster University. In 2012, she received a NALIS Lifetime Literary Award.

M. Nourbese Philip Videos

  • VOCARIUM READING SERIES: M. NourbeSe Philip & Cecilia ...
    The Woodberry Poetry Room is honored to present this Fall 2020 reading by M. NourbeSe Philip and Cecilia Vicuña---two inimitable weavers ...
  • M NourbeSe Philip on Belonging, Race, Politics and Art
    This year’s Mandela EDI Lecture - as part of the Ryerson Social Justice Week - spotlighted one of Canada’s most important contemporary writers...
  • Great Writers Inspire at Home: M. NourbeSe Philip on the haunting ...
    M. NourbeSe Philip reads from She Tries Her Tongue, Her Silence Softly Breaks (1988) and Zong! (2008) as she describes her poetic ...

M. Nourbese Philip Books

  • She Tries Her Tongue, Her Silence Softly Breaks (Wesleyan Poetry Series)
    She Tries Her Tongue, Her Silence Softly Breaks (Wesleyan Poetry Series)
  • Zong!
    Zong!
  • Coups And Calypsos: A Play
    Coups And Calypsos: A Play
  • She Tries Her Tongue, Her Silence Softly Breaks
    She Tries Her Tongue, Her Silence Softly Breaks
  • Frontiers: Selected Essays And Writings On Racism And Culture 1984-1992
    Frontiers: Selected Essays And Writings On Racism And Culture 1984-1992
  • Looking For Livingstone: An Odyssey Of Silence
    Looking For Livingstone: An Odyssey Of Silence

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