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Jean-Philippe Raîche

An Acadian poet born in 1970, Jean-Philippe Raîche’s work evokes tragic collective destinies, voluntary exile, and wandering. Establishing uprootedness as a figure of the human condition, he constructs the body of a loved one as the only place of return. 

 

As a young student at the Université de Moncton in the late 80s, Raîche helped re-launch Éditions Perce-Neige, Acadie’s primary publisher. He studied at the universities of Montreal, McGill, and Paris VII before joining the Canadian Embassy in 1997, where he was in charge of universities before moving on to the literary and film departments. He came home to Acadie in 2012, settling in Moncton where he was editor of Perce-Neige’s poetry collection for three years. 

 

His first poetry collection, Une lettre au bout du monde, was published in 2001 by Perce-Neige. Critically acclaimed, the work was shortlisted for the Antonine-Maillet Prize, the Émile-Nelligan Prize, and the Governor General’s Literary Award.

 

In 2007, Ne réveillez pas l’amour avant qu’elle ne le veuille, which transposes the Cantique des Cantiques to the modern era, won the Aliénor and Louise-Labé prizes in France. His work has been published in several reviews and anthologies in Canada and France.