Monday, July 23, 2012

Nicole V. Champeau

Poet, essayist, speaker

Born in Cornwall, Ontario; lives in Ottawa.

Studied literature and music at the University of Ottawa.

Collaborated on a TV series on the Historia channel, called L'Odyssée d'un fleuve. She was also the subject of several television reports, particularly on the St. Lawrence Seaway, broadcast on TV Ontario and Radio-Canada's RDI news network.

During her career as a writer, has also worked as a teacher, learning advisor and researcher.

Has six poetry collections, including Dans les pas de la louve (awarded the 2001 Prix du livre d'Ottawa), and the non-fiction work, Mémoire des villages engloutis.

Was a finalist for the Prix Trillium, and won the Governor General’s Literary Award in 2009 for her work Pointe maligne : l’infiniment oubliée of which the Jury said:

"Like a requiem, this book sings of the destruction of the territories of the Upper Saint Lawrence, drowned by dams and depopulated by expropriation. These places have even disappeared from the memories of maps. Around Cornwall, originally called Pointe Maligne, the memory of the founding peoples, Amerindian and French, has been obliterated."

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