Louise Desjardins was born in Rouyn-Noranda. She pursued a Master’s in comparative Canadian literature at the University of Sherbrooke and, for several years, has taught literature at the college level. A translator of poetry, a poet, and a novelist, she has mostly published works of poetry, including La 2e avenue. This book was preceded by Petite sensation, La minutie de l’araignée (Spider’s Midnight) and Le marché de l’amour (The Love Market), published by Hexagone and shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award in 1995. Her novel, La Love, published by Leméac in 1993, won her the Grand Prize of the Journal de Montréal, and the Arcades de Bologne prize in Italy. In 1998, her second novel, Darling, was published by Leméac, which also published her biography of singer Pauline Juliene, La Vie à mort (Living to Death). In 2001, she released Cœurs braisés (Braised Hearts), a collection of new works, with Boréal books. She released a collection of poetry entitled Ni vu ni connu (Neither Seen nor Known) through Courte échelle books in 2002. In 2004, she released Momo et Loulou, written in collaboration with Mona Latif-Ghattas, published by Remue-Ménage. And her latest work came to be in 2005: So Long, a novel published by Boréal.