Maggy de Coster

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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.[1][2]


She was born in Jérémie[1] and worked as a reporter in Port-au-Prince for several years before moving in 1988 to Paris,[2] where she further trained as a journalist at the French Press Institute and at the Centre de formation et de perfectionnement des journalistes [fr][3] 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 [fr].[4] She has worked as a journalist in Haiti, France, Switzerland, England and Barbados.[3]

In 2000, she established the literary journal Manoir des Poètes and serves as its director.[3] 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.[2]

She is married and has four children.

Awards and honours[edit]

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.[3]

Selected works[1][3][edit]

  • 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 [lb]
  • 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)


  1. ^ a b c "Margareth Lizaire / Maggy De Coster". ile en ile (in French).
  2. ^ a b c "maggy de coster" (in French). Editions L'Harmatta.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Maggy De Coster" (in French). Manoir des Poètes.
  4. ^ "Maggy De Coster". UniVerse.

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