Paul-Marie Lapointe (Saint-Félicien, September 22, 1929), poet, studied at the Séminaire de Chicoutimi, the Collège Saint-Laurent and the École des Beaux-Arts de Montréal. Journalist for L’Événement and La Presse beginning in 1950, he was news director for the Nouveau Journal from 1960 to 1961, then editor-in-chief for Maclean’s from 1963 to 1969. From 1969 to 1992, he held several positions at Radio-Canada. He was among the founders of Liberté magazine and was on the editorial board of the publisher Hexagone. His poetry has been translated into several languages.
In 1971, Paul-Marie Lapointe received the Prix Athanase-David for the body of his work, and also the Governor-General’s Award for his poetry book Le Réel absolu. He also won the International Poetry Forum prize in the USA in 1976, the Prix de La Presse in 1980 and the Prix Léopold-Senghor in 1998. In 1999, he received the Prix Gilles-Corbeil for the body of his work. He is a member of the Union des écrivaines et écrivains québécois, and was given an honoris causa degree from the Université de Montréal in 2001.