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International Literary Prize "Dina Sahyouni" for "Variations sans Palais"

Updated: Apr 7, 2023

Glad to share that my latest book, "Variations sans palais" (Éditions L'Harmattan Paris, 2020), won the inaugural international literary prize "Dina Sahyouni.”

The prize "recognizes the work of an immigrant, exiled or refugee woman in the country of her residence" and will be awarded every year on March 8th (International Women’s Day).

Link to the announcement:

"Variations sans palais" (Variations without a Palace) is a collection of poems that retraces, in an allegorical manner, my transition to the ‘New World’ of writing in English and French.

The book has three sections.

The first section is a 'lost' (and, of course, made-up) diary that belonged to Paul de Chomedey, Sieur de Maisonneuve, the founder of Montreal. In it, I echo both Paul de Chomedey’s ‘voice’ and the words of the French playwright Molière, who was his contemporary.

The second section of the volume is a ‘found’ journal – this time, my own.

The final section of the book, “Drowned Alphabet,” is a series of micro-poems, one for each alphabet letter, and draws its inspiration from the poem “Vowels/Voyelles” by Arthur Rimbaud.

The book is available at or on the publisher’s site.


Irina Moga is the author of five poetry books and a member of The Writers’ Union of Canada.

You can follow her on Twitter: @pictopoems.

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