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Vanessa Bell is the co-director of CONTOURS, a critic at Le Sabord magazine, a member of the editorial board at Lettres québécoises, president of the Table des lettres de Québec et Chaudière-Appalaches, and a frequent contributor to CBC Radio-Canada. Her literary and artistic practice has been showcased across Quebec and Europe. Bell’s debut collection of poetry, De rivières, was published by La Peuplade in 2019. She co-edited l’Anthologie de la poésie actuelle des femmes au Québec 2000-2020 and MONUMENTS and won the 2021 Félix-Antoine-Savard Prize. Bell lives in Quebec City. She was selected as a 2022 Writers’ Trust Rising Star by Nicole Brossard.

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2022 Rising Star

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Nicole Brossard


"Vanessa Bell is a poet, performer, and inspired creative literary activist from Quebec City. Her writing is vivid and sharp, a whirlwind of audacity as it touches on womanhood, daughters, mothers, and territory being made of earth, reality, or imagination. Bell’s debut collection, De rivières, offers a brilliant and moving new path of reading l’intime — the intimate personal narrative of values, ideas, affection, and vision."