Award-Winning Poet to Visit Manhattan College

Modern Languages and Literatures department to sponsor two writing workshops with Étienne Lalonde.

In conjunction with the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Québec Government office in New York City, Manhattan College will host two writing workshops with celebrated poet Étienne Lalonde. Sponsored by the Modern Languages and Literatures department, the two workshops will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. in Miguel 202, and both are open to the public.

Once a year, the Québec Government Office invites an artist to New York City for a few months to help promote French Quebecois arts and culture in local schools and colleges.

Originally from Montreal, Lalonde released his first two poetry collections I Cannibal (Je cannibale) and Still at War (C'est encore la guerre) in 1999. Still at War was a finalist for the Estuaire Terrasses Saint-Sulpice Prize for Poetry and also received a special mention for the Jacqueline Déry-Mochon Prize for Poetry.

In addition, Natural Histories was published in 2010 and was awarded the 2011 Félix-Leclerc Prize for Poetry. His critically acclaimed book of poetry, Growing Old (Devenir vieux) came out in 2011, and last September, he released his most recent title, Poorly Lit Paths (Chemins mal éclairés).

From 2000-2012, Lalonde received five grants from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, as well as one from the Canada Council for the Arts. He is currently a writer-in-residence at the Québec Studio in New York and will also participate in the International Poetry Festival of St. Petersburg, Russia, in May 2013.

The Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec aims to spread the influence of artists, writers, organizations and their works within Québec, Canada and abroad.

For more information about Lalonde’s workshops at Manhattan College, contact Samira Hassa, assistant professor of modern languages and literatures, by phone at (718) 862-7917 or email samira.hassa@manhattan.edu. To learn more about the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, visit http://www.calq.gouv.qc.ca/index.htm.