Hélène Dorion was born in 1958 in Québec City, and now lives in Montreal. She studied philosophy at the University of Laval, and published her first collection of poems in 1983. Since then her prolific oeuvre – poetry, fiction, essays, and livres d’artistes – has constituted one of modern Quebecois literature’s major achievements. She is the winner of the Governor General’s Award for Poetry, and numerous other Canadian and international prizes the most recent of which was the Prix Senghor in 2011. Her collection Seizing:Places (Arc), translated by Patrick McGuinness, was shortlisted for the Popescu Prize 2013.