Di Brandt is one of Canada's most celebrated poets. Her poetry titles include questions i asked my mother (Gerald Lampert Award for "best first book of poetry in Canada,"); Agnes in the sky (McNally Robinson Manitoba Book of the Year; mother, not mother; Jerusalem, beloved (CAA National Poetry Prize); Now You Care; and Walking to Mojácar, with French and Spanish translations by Charles Leblanc and Ari Belathar, and most recently, Glitter & fall: Laozi's Dao De Jing, Transinhalations. Her poetry has been twice nominated for the Governor General's Award, as well as the Dillon's Commonwealth Poetry Prize, the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Trillium Ontario Book of the Year, and numerous other accolades. Her poetry is regularly taught in Canadian and international universities, and is the subject of numerous critical essays. questions i asked my mother was recently re-issued in a 30th anniversary edition, with a tribute essay by Tanis MacDonald.
Di Brandt's other books include Watermelon Syrup: A Novel, with Annie Jacobsen and Jane Finlay-Young (Foreword Gold Medal for Fiction), and the creative essay collection, So this is the world & here I am in it (NeWest's 20th anniversary Writers as Critics volume). Di Brandt's critical anthology Wider Boundaries of Daring: The Modernist Impulse in Canadian Women's Poetry, edited with Barbara Godard, received the Gabrielle Roy Prize for "best book of literary criticism in Canada," and was shortlisted for the Canada Prize in the Humanities. Di Brandt has held research and teaching positions at the Universities of Winnipeg, Alberta, Windsor (Ontario) and Brandon (Manitoba), and has given readings, lectures and workshops around the world. She served as the inaugural Poet Laureate of Winnipeg in 2018-2019. She teaches Canadian Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Winnipeg.