Patrice Desbiens

Born in Timmins, Ontario, Patrice Desbiens published his first book of poetry, Ici, in 1974. Since then, he has published some fifteen poetry collections, including Un Pépin de pomme sur un poêle à bois (Prise de parole, 1995) for which he won the Prix Champlain, La Fissure de la fiction (Prise de Parole, 1999) for which he won the Estuaire poetry prize, L’effet de la pluie poussée par le vent sur les bâtiments (Lanctôt éditeur, 1999), Bleu comme un feu (2001) and Hennissements (2002). As much a musician as a poet, Desbiens worked with René Lussier in 1999 to produce the record Patrice Desbiens et les Moyens du bord (on the Ambiances Magnétiques label) which met with critical acclaim. He is considered a major French Canadian writer and is the guest of honour of this 2nd edition of the Festival Voix d’Amériques.

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