Jocelyne Villeneuve (born September 7, 1941, Val-d’Or, Québec, Canada; died May 8, 1998, Sudbury, Ontario). With a degree in library sciences, she worked first as librarian, then as head of acquisitions at Laurentienne University in Sudbury, Ontario. In 1967 a serious car accident confined her to a wheelchair and she began her career as a writer. Villeneuve was one of the pioneers of French-language haiku in Canada, and her work appeared in journals in Canada, the United States, and Japan. Following completion of four collections of her longer poems, 1977 to 1981, she published two haiku collections in French, La Saison des papillons (1980; Butterfly Season) and Feuilles volantes (1985; Loose Leaves), one in English, Marigolds in Snow (1993), and three posthumous haiku collections: Le poème inachevé: haïkus choicis / The Unfinished Poem: Selected Haiku (2015), Bagatelles: haïkus (2017), and Alone After Being Alone (2020). She resided in Sudbury.
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