Nicole Brossard

Born in Montréal in 1943, poet, novelist and essayist Nicole Brossard published her first book in 1965. That same year, she co-founded the influential literary magazine La Barre du Jour and in 1976 she co-directed the film Some American Feminists. She has published eight novels including Picture Theory, Mauve Desert, and Baroque at Dawn; an essay, “The Aerial Letter,” and many books of poetry including Daydream Mechanics, Lovhers, Typhon dru, Installations, and Musée de l’os et de l’eau. She has won the Governor General award twice for her poetry (1974, 1984) and Le Grand Prix de Poesie de la Foundation les Forges in 1989 and 1999. Le Prix Athanase-David, which is for a lifetime of literary achievement, was attributed to her in 1991. That same year she received the Harbourfront Festival Prize. In 1994, she was made a member of L’Academie des Lettres du Quebec. Her work has been widely translated and anthologized. Mauve Desert and Baroque at Dawn have been translated into Spanish. In 1998 she published a bilingual edition of an autofiction essay titled She would be the first sentence of my new novel/Elle serait la premiere phrase de mon prochain roman. In 1989, a book of her poetry in English, Installations, was published, translated by Erin Moure and Robert Majzels. Nicole Brossard lives in Montréal.

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