Roger Léveillé, 2012 recipient of the Manitoba Arts Council’s Manitoba Arts Award of Distinction (Christine Gosselin)
It seems to me that since Manitoba is so culturally diverse and since Winnipeg, its cultural hub, is recognized as one of the most dynamic artistic centers in the land, all this is because the poetry, generosity and openness of its founder are woven into the provincial fabric.
—Roger Léveillé, writer
Roger Léveillé is considered to be our most prominent Franco-Manitoban writers since Gabrielle Roy made her mark.
You may be familiar with his Le soleil du lac qui se couche /The Setting Lake Sun, which won the Winnipeg Public Library's On the Same Page contest in 2011, but that is only one of Léveillé's many successes.
Léveillé is being honoured for his literary accomplishments with the Manitoba Arts Council's Manitoba Arts Award of Distinction. This $30,000 award is given every two years. It recognizes the highest level of artistic excellence and distinguished career achievements by a professional artist in Manitoba.
Lise Gaboury-Diallo, vice-president of les Éditions du blé say's Léveillé's writing is known for being elegant and innovative. "His work is more experimental in nature, where he explores multimedia and visual elements in his texts."
I'm reminded that our first recognized poet -
if we dare set aside the ancestral oral stories of the First Nations - was the
Metis bard Pierre Falcon who first composed in 1816.
I cannot forget that the father of Manitoba, Louis Riel, was also a Metis poet who had the generosity to recognize that the English language should be treated on par with the French language in the provincial Legislature, its institutions and the courts.
It seems to me that since Manitoba is so culturally diverse and since Winnipeg, its cultural hub, is recognized as one of the most dynamic artistic centers in the land, all this is because the poetry, generosity and openness of its founder are woven into the provincial fabric."
Léveillé is the ninth recipient of the Manitoba Arts Award of Distinction. He will be honoured at a new Manitoba Arts Award event at the Qualico Family Centre on May 16th, 2012.