Winner of the 2019 Griffin Poetry Prize Lifetime Recognition Award, Nicole Brossard is a poet, novelist, and essayist who has published more than forty books since 1965, many of which have been translated into English: Mauve Desert, The Aerial Letter, Lovhers, The Blue Books, Installations, Museum of Bone and Water, Yesterday at the Hotel Clarendon, and Notebook of Roses andCivilization (translated by Erin Moure and Robert Majzels, shortlisted for the 2008 Griffin International Poetry Prize). Her most recent books in English are White Piano (translated by Erin Moure and Robert Majzels, 2013) and Ardour (translated by Angela Carr, 2015).
Nicole Brossard’s writing has influenced a whole generation of poets and feminists, nationally and internationally. She has won many awards for her work, including le Grand Prix de Poésie du Festival international de Trois-Rivièeres (1989 and 1999), le Prix Athanase-David (the highest literary recognition in Québec), the W.O. Mitchell Prize (2003), the Canadian Council of Arts Molson Prize (2006), and two Governor General’s Awards for poetry. She is a member of l’Académie des letters du Québec; in 2010, she was made an officer of the Order of Canada, and in 2013, a chevalière de l’Ordre national du Québec. She lives in Montreal.