Michel Albert is the author of eight collections of verse, in addition to having produced the only comprehensive translation of Irving Layton’s poetry and prose into French, Layton, l’essentiel, in 2001. His affinity with English language Canadian and American poets is stronger than that of most Quebec poets, leading him to collaborate with Canadians George Bowering and David McFadden on a book of baseball poems, Poèmes et autres baseballs, in 1999. His own work is plain-spoken, and hews close to the working-class realities of his own life, far from the Quebec literary whirl. For twenty years he worked as a grip on Montreal film sets. New Shoes on Scorched Earth is his seventh collection, published in French in 2000, and concerns itself with the death of his father when he was a young man, and his experiences as a single father in the wake of a failed relationship. Ekstasis Editions is pleased to introduce him to an English language readership.
Born in 1957, Michel Albert holds a bachelor’s degree in French literature from McGill University. He began his doctoral studies at the Université du Québec à Montréal in 1985; His thesis is entitled The Theory of the Game in the Interactive Novel on Computer. He worked in the film industry in Quebec for 20 years, as a machinist. In 1981 he was awarded the Scarlett Key Award from McGill University.