Madeleine Gagnon has made a mark on Quebec literature as a poet, novelist, and non-fiction writer. Born in the village of Amqui, she studied literature, philosophy, and psychoanalysis at the Universite de Montreal, the Sorbonne, and the Universite d'Aixen-Provence. She has published some thirty books while at the same time teaching literature in several Quebec universities. Her writing in all genres combines passion, lucidity, erudition, poetic vision, and political commitment, boldly transgressing the boundaries between poetry and prose. She has received numerous prizes for her work, among them the Journal de Montreal prize (1986) for Les Fleurs du Catalpa, the Arthur Buies Prize (1990), the Prix Artquimedia (1991) from the Rimouski Book Exhibition for her body of work, the Governor General's Award (1991) for Song for a Far Quebec and the prestigious Athanase David prize (2002) for her lifetime body of work. She is internationally recognized with some fifteen translations into English, Spanish, and Italian of her work in print.