Françoise Roy was born in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada, in 1959. She has a Master’s degree in Geography with a Certificate in Latin American Studies (Bachelor of Science, University of Maryland, 1980 —Summa Cum Laude—; Master of Arts, University of Florida, 1983—Cum Laude—), as well as a Certificate in Translation from English to Spanish (O.M.T., 2000). She has worked as a free-lance interpreter and translator, and as an editor, apart from having been a French and English teacher. She has also given writing workshops. From 2000 to 2007, she wrote articles related to literature in the « Acento » section of La Voz de Michoacán newspaper. En 1997, she was awarded the National Literary Translation Award in Poetry (INBA, Mexico); in 2002, she won the second place in the Victoria de las Mercedes National Short Story Award (Mexico City); in 2005, she was a finalist of the Acento Short Story Contest, and in 2007, she was awarded the Jacqueline Déry-Mochon Award for her novel “Si tu traversais le seuil” (L’instant même, Quebec City, 2005). In 2006, she was given an honorific mention on the Seventh Short Story Literary Contest “Sobre rieles”, in Monterrey, Mexico, and in 2007, on the « Acento » Short Story Context. In 2007, she won the Alonso Vidal National Poetry Award in Mexico. She has published three novels in Spanish and one in French, two books of short stories, three plaquette and nineteen poetry books, most in Spanish, two of them being bilingual (Spanish-French). She was granted in 2005 and in 2007 the Scholarship for Creative Work in Literature granted by the Jalisco Secretary of Culture, and in 2007, she was a resident artist at the Banff International Literary Translation Center at the Banff Centre for the Arts, in Alberta, Canada. She has translated close to seventy books, mostly in poetry. In 2002, she founded with other writers Tragaluz, a monthly art and culture magazine, in which she worked as an editor until it ceased to exist in 2007. In 2008, she won the “Days of Naim” Literary Award for her literary career, an award granted at the International Poetry Festival Ditët e Naimit held in Tetova, Macedonia. In 2009, she was awarded the second place of the Wine Fest poetry contest, and she was a finalist of the Radio Canada Literary Awards in poetry. From April until June 2009, she was an artist in residence in Argentina thanks to a scholarship from Mexico’s National Fund for the Arts and Culture. In 2010, she won the third place of the Timón de Oro poetry national award. In 2011, she won the International Grand Poetry Award of the Orient-Occident Foundation, during the International Poetry Festival “Noctiles de Poezie” (Nights of Poetry), in Curtea de Arges, Romania. In 2011, she obtained a special mention in the Third Digital Book International Poetry and Fiction Contest "Uniendo frontera", held in Argentina. In 2014, she received a grant from the state of Jalisco to publish a poetry collection with her own photographs. She won the 2015 Tijuana National Poetry Award hosted in Baja Califonia, Mexico. In 2016,.She won the DJS Translation Award. She has been invited to poetry festivals in several places in Mexico, Canada, France, Macedonia, Albania, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Romania, Colombia, various places in China, Morocco, Germany and India. In 2018, she was an invited writer for six weeks at the Lu Xun Institute of Literature in Beijing. In 2019, The European Academy of Arts, Sciences and Letters granted her the 2019 Poetry Award. She lives in Guadalajara, Mexico, since 1992.
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