Émilie Turmel was born in Montreal in 1988 and grew up in Quebec City. She holds a master’s degree in French literature and a graduate diploma in creating artists’ books from the Université Laval (2015), as well as a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and literature (2009-2012).
As a cultural worker, she honed her skills working for the Québec en toutes lettres festival, at the Maison de la littérature, and for the Première Ovation program (2014-2018). She moved to New Brunswick in 2018 to take the helm of the Frye Festival as its Executive Director.
A poet and performer, Émilie Turmel has attended several festivals in Canada and abroad. Some of her texts have been translated into English and Spanish and published in Canada, Columbia, Spain, and France. She was a finalist for the Prix Émile-Nelligan (Québec) and won the Prix René-Leynaud (France) for her first poetry collection, Casse-gueules, published by Poètes de brousse in 2018. Her second collection, Vanités, will be published in September 2020.