Michel Garneau

Born in 1939, Michel Garneau is a poet, storyteller, translator, theatre director and musician. Since 1954, he has worked in all media that use language (radio, television, cinema, documentary) as a writer and narrator. He has published around forty books, written some sixty plays and translated four of Shakespeare’s plays (Macbeth, The Tempest, Coriolan and Twelfth Night). He won the Governor General’s Award for his children’s play Mademoiselle Rouge. For the past seven years, he has been host of Les Décrocheurs d’étoiles, a radio program broadcast on Fridays from 10:00 pm to 1:00 am on Radio-Canada’s Chaîne culturelle. On this program, the fringes are given pride of place and poetry rules. Michel Garneau’s latest poetry collection, Une corde de bran de scie, was published by Lanctôt éditeur (2002). He also recently translated Leonard Cohen’s poems as Étrange musique étrangère (Hexagone, 2000).

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