Maggy de Coster
Maggy de Coster (born April 23, 1966) is a Haitian-born writer living in France. Until 1987 (or possibly somewhat later), she wrote under her birth name Margareth Lizaire and is also known as Margareth Lizaire de Coster.
She was born in Jérémie and worked as a reporter in Port-au-Prince for several years before moving in 1988 to Paris, where she further trained as a journalist at the French Press Institute and at the Centre de formation et de perfectionnement des journalistes and earned a Master of Advanced Studies (Diplôme d'études approfondies) in Social Rights and Relations from Panthéon-Assas University. She is a member of the French Association des femmes journalistes. She has worked as a journalist in Haiti, France, Switzerland, England and Barbados.
In 2000, she established the literary journal Manoir des Poètes and serves as its director. De Coster is a member of the French Société des gens de lettres and has served on the executive committee of the Société des poètes français. Her work has been included in a number of anthologies and has been translated into Spanish, Italian, English, Romanian and Arabic.
De Coster received the Prix Jean-Cocteau in 2004 and the Prix de la chanson poétique in 2007 from the Grand concours international de Poésie Richelieu.
She is married and has four children.
- Nuits d’assaut, poetry (1981)
- Ondes Vives, poetry (1987)
- Rêves et Folie, poetry (1994)
- Mémoires inachevés d’une île moribonde, poetry (1995), received first prize for poetry from the Académie Internationale Il Convivio
- Analyse du discours de presse: Profil de deux hebdomadaires haitens: Haiti en marche et Haiti Observateur, essay (1996)
- Itinéraire interrompu d’une jeune femme journaliste, autobiography (1998), received the ruby Medal from the Académie Internationale de Lutèce
- La Tramontane des Soupirs ou le siège des marées, poetry (2002), received the ruby Medal from the Académie Internationale de Lutèce
- Petites histoires pour des nuits merveilleuses, children's stories (2004)
- Le Chant de Soledad, novel (2007), received the silver medal from the Académie Internationale de Lutèce
- Le Journalisme expliqué aux non-initiés, non-fiction (2007)
- Au gué des souvenirs, stories (2008)
- La sémaphore du temps, poetry (2010)
- Doux ramages pour petits diablotins, poems for children (2010)