Born in 1967, Bertrand Laverdure is a poet, novelist, literary journalist, performance artist and “hairdressing” blogger, researcher and commentator on the popular MAtv literary program Tout le monde tout lu! and he is particularly interested in literary multi-disciplinarity. He has published several poetry collections, including: Sept et demi(Quartanier, 2007), Rires (Noroît, 2004), Cascadeuse (La Courte Échelle, 2013 – poetry for teenagers) and, more recently, Rapport de stage en milieu humain (Triptyque). His critically acclaimed novels include: Lectodôme (Quartanier, 2008), J’invente la piscine (La Courte Échelle, 2010), Gomme de xanthane (Triptyque, 2006), Bureau universel des copyrights (La Peuplade, 2011). Bertrand Laverdure has performed in many public readings, among others: VSUP in 2009, and P.O.M.M.E. (with the ANONYMUS group) at the 2012 Printemps des poètes. Always eager to be part of a wide variety of collaborations and esthetic experiences, he has lent his lyrics to all types of music, among others that of Stacey Brown, Cléo Palacio-Quintin and Marc Ouellette, composers who have set his texts to music – and, in a completely different register, the metal group Anonymus. Lettres crues, his correspondence with author Pierre Samson, was published by La Mèche in 2012. His keen interest in new technologies and the future of narration led to an invitation from Mémoire d’encrier publisher Rodney Saint-Eloi’s to contribute to a collection of literary essays. The resulting 2015 essay, Comment enseigner la mort à un robot? is a clever blend of anxiety about the future and his interest in science-fiction and cyborg writers. He won the Joseph S. Stauffer Prize awarded by the Canada Council for the Arts in 1999. His collection, Les forêts (Noroît, 2000), nominated for the Prix Emile-Nelligan in 2000, won the Prix Rina-Lasnier in 2003. That same year, his book Audioguide (Noroît, 2002) was also nominated for the Grand Prix du festival International de Poésie de Trois-Rivières. His novel Lectodôme was a finalist for the Grand Prix littéraire Archambault in 2009.