Etienne Lalonde  

(1978) – Quebec, Canada

Originally from Montreal, Quebec (Canada), Etienne Lalonde released his first two poetry collections, Je cannibale and C'est encore la guerre, in 1999, at the age of twenty. C'est encore la guerre was a finalist for the Estuaire Terrasses Saint-Sulpice Prize for Poetry and also received a special mention for the Jacqueline Dery-Mochon Prize for Poetry. Histoires naturelles, published in 2010, was awarded the 2011 Felix-Leclerc Prize for Poetry. His critically acclaimed book Devenir vieux came out in 2011. In 2012, Lalonde published Chemins mal éclairés and, in 2013, Vivier, Claude, finalist for both the Émile-Nelligan and the Montreal Poetry Festival Prizes for Poetry. From 2000 to 2012, Lalonde received five grants from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec, as well as one from the Canada Council for the Arts. He was a writer-in-residence at the Quebec Studio in New York and has taken part in international poetry festivals in Russia, India and Denmark.