The poetry writing residence and tour in Canada and France offers the public the opportunity to appreciate Indigenous cultures, contemporary creations, and poetry.

This tour will gather two contemporary poets, one from an Indigenous community of Canada and one from France, who will take part in:  A week long artistic residence at the Maison Gabrielle Roy in Winnipeg, MB where the authors will spend time writing together A tour of Canada and France which will include readings, meetings, events, and promotion of the authors’ literary work. Texts will be read in French and English, as well as the mother tongue of each author if they differ from French or English.

The poets will be accompanied on the tour of France by Sadie Phoenix-Lavoie, Indigenous poet & cofounder of Red Rising Magazine from Sagkeeng First Nation.

Application & selection process

The two poets will be chosen through two open calls for applications, one in Canada and one in France. A reading committee composed of Indigenous professionals from across Canada specializing in Indigenous literature will select an emerging Indigenous poet. A reading committee composed of French professionals will select an emerging French poet.

Requirements to apply

1. Be part of an Indigenous community of Canada (Inuit, Métis, First Nations).
2. Be a poet, and have one volume of poetry published in the last two years by a professional publishing house, or be able to demonstrate a substantial body of work produced and shared with the public in the last two years, through self-publication or magazines, in print or online.
3. Have published no more than three books of poetry or prose.
4. Write in English.
5. Be willing and available to write and tour with a French poet, in Canada and France, in the Spring of 2019 from April 25 – May 8 and from May 17 – 23, 2019, and to participate in the workshops, readings and interviews linked to the writing residence and tour.

If you are interested in this open call and if you meet the eligibility criteria mentioned above, please send:  a cover letter, a resume, and three pieces of your literary work (maximum 10 pages in total) to Camille Cloarec, the Book and Debates Officer for the cultural service of the French Embassy in Canada of Toronto, by September 23, 2018: camille.cloarec@diplomatie.gouv.fr.

Application files submitted after this date will not be considered.