Paris-based poet, publisher and PEN member, Nicole Barrière recently requested a copy of THE ATTIC (PEN Melbourne’s 2013 bi-lingual poetry publication of 10 poems by Alex Skovron with translations by Jacques Rancourt)) and, as a member of the jury, submitted copies of THE ATTIC to the other jury members of the 2014 Prix international de Poésie Antonio Viccaro organised by the Trois Rivières International Poetry Festival, Quebec.
Each year the Trois Rivières International Poetry festival offers this prize to poets from five continents. For the next five years the candidates will be from Oceania (2014), Africa (2015), America (2016), Asia (2017), Europe (20180 and the Middle East (2019). This year’s winner will be announced in June and the author will be a guest of the Quebec festival from 3-12 October.
People say that (writers) are pretty powerless: we don’t have an army, we don’t have a bureaucracy. But if that were true, then why would writers be arrested?... Because the spoken word is powerful.