An Officer of the Order of Canada, Knight of the Order of arts and letters of the French Republic, Pierre Morency is known as one of the most important writers in contemporary Quebec. He is a theatre, radio and television artist and a poet whose poetry has obtained international recognition. Pierre Morency is also passionate ornithologist. As of 1967 he was able to live by his pen and published his first collection of poems, Poèmes de la froide merveille de vivre, followed by many others. With Radio-Canada he wrote and hosted the series Les Grands aliments, Bestiaire de l’été, L’Oeil américain, La Vie entière and À l’heure du loup. The appearance of his book À l’heure du loup in 2002 marked the beginning of a new period for him, in which he began to blend narration with philosophical meditation and poetry. Pierre Morency has also worked in the theatre having written Les Passeuses and various plays for children while also adapting the play Charbonneau et le Chef. In 1989, with the publication of L’Oeil américain, histoires naturelles du Nouveau Monde (Boréal/Seuil) he began a series of pieces about his experiences as a naturalist and observer, works with a literary approach to plants, birds and the landscapes of Quebec. His work has received numerous honours, among them The Duvernay Prize in 1991 and the Athanase-David Award in 2000. He has helped found two magazines, Inédits and Estuaire, the Union des écrivains québécois, and was the vice-president of the Rencontre québécoise internationale des écrivains.
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