Andrée Lacelle

French Poet Laureate 2017/18

Andrée Lacelle was the first Franco-Ontarian writer to receive the Trillium Literary Award for Tant de vie s’égare, which also was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award. In 2015, Sol Ciel Ciels Sols, a retrospective of her work, was published in the BCF (Bibliothèque canadienne-française) series. In 1996, she was the writer-in-residence for the Department of French Literature at the University of Ottawa. In 2016, she was inducted into the Ottawa International Poetry Hall of Fame. Andrée Lacelle is the first Francophone Poet Laureate of the City of Ottawa (2017-2019).

Andrée Lacelle has participated in both national and international literary events, which include performances at the Théâtre-Poème in Brussels, the Maison de la Poésie de Paris – Théâtre Molière, the International Book Exposition in Geneva, and the International Festival of French Poets in Benin. As a literary critic and commentator, she has written numerous reviews for Liaison magazine. In 1997, she hosted a series of open houses at the National Library of Canada. As well, she appeared on Panorama TFO as a commentator on Franco-Ontarian issues (2006-2010). She created a feature-documentary on Franco-Ontarian literature, In the Heart of Words, as part of a partnership between the Community Radio Alliance of Canada (Réseau Francophone d’Amérique) and the AAOF. From her home in Ottawa, she co-edited a Francophone anthology of poetry featuring contemporary female voices that was published in France in 2012.

In April 2018, as part of her tenure as Francophone Poet Laureate of the City of Ottawa, she curated the first part of Ottawa, Poems of the City 2018 – our waters, our souls, which was launched as nos eaux, nos âmes on the City’s website. The second instalment of Poems of the City (our places, our steps) was released in March 2019.


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