Poet Hélène Dorion has been awarded the Charles-Vildrac prize for her collection of poems Le hublot des heures, published by Éditions La Différence. She is the first Quebecer to be singled out for this honour by the Société des gens de lettres de France (SGDLF).
Born in Québec City, Dorion has published about 20 books of poems. She has won a number of awards in Québec and abroad for her works, which have been published in over a dozen countries. In 2005 she released a collection called Ravir : les lieux and became the first Quebecer to win the Académie Mallarmé career achievement award.
The SGDLF was founded in 1838 by a group of illustrious writers including Honoré de Balzac and Victor Hugo. It promotes authors’ interests and awards a dozen annual prizes.