Fernande Saint-Martin poetry reading by Nicole Brossard

February 17, 2024

On this special occasion, we are delighted to welcome poet Nicole Brossard, who will read a selection of poems by Fernande Saint-Martin (1927-2019). The texts will be taken from the publications La fiction du réel. Poèmes 1953-1975 and Marouflée la langue, previously unpublished works that will be presented for a rare public presentation.

Not to be missed!

Free, starting at 2 p.m.

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This event is part of the development of our permanent exhibition, L’atelier de poésie de Fernande Saint-Martin et Guido Molinari. You will be able to visit this exhibition from March 14, 2024.

Fernande Saint-Martin (1927-2019)

Essayist, art theorist and semiologist Fernande Saint-Martin has researched the foundations of verbal and visual modes of representation, as well as the conditions of their production and communication. Concurrently with her intensive involvement in mass journalism, at La Presse and Châtelaine magazine, and in the diffusion of contemporary art, as director of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, she published, in addition to hundreds of articles on poetry criticism, literary criticism and art criticism, several basic works in these different sectors. Her work during her time teaching at the Université du Québec à Montréal focused on the semiology and semantics of visual language. In 2020, the Guido Molinari Foundation held an evening in tribute to this great woman of letters, whose poetry remains little-known to this day.

Nicole Brossard

Montreal-born poet, novelist and essayist. Since 1965, Nicole Brossard has published over forty books, including Le désert mauve, Musée de l’os et de l’eau, Ardeur and La lettre aérienne, most of which have been translated into several languages. Her writings have influenced an entire generation. She is also co-founder of the literary magazine La Barre du Jour, the feminist journal Les Têtes de Pioche, co-author of the Anthologie de la poésie des femmes au Québec and co-director of the film Some American Feminists. She was a member of the collective behind the play La nef des sorcières and initiated the collective behind La théorie, un dimanche. Winner of several literary awards, including the Governor General’s Award (1974, 1984), the Athanase-David Award (1991), the Canada Council Molson Prize (2007), the Prix international de littérature française Benjamin Fondane (2013), the Prix Violet de Metropolis bleu (2018), as well as the Prix Griffin 2019, Prix Gilles-Corbeil 2022 and the Grand Prix de poésie de la Maison de Poésie 2023 for Temps réel du poème and her body of work. She has been a member of the Académie des Lettres du Québec since 1991, an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Knight of the Ordre national du Québec and a Companion of the Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec. Her most recent book is L’Entaille et la durée (essays).