François - Martinique

General Presentation:

Nicole CAGE was born in 1965 in the town of Le François, on the Southern Atlantic coast of Martinique. The youngest of a modest family of 10 children, she was schooled in her hometown up until her mid teens, when she left to pursue her studies at the Bellevue High School in the capital Fort-de-France.

In 1983 she obtained her Baccalauréat diploma, with specialisations in literature and foreign languages.

After completing two years of university studies in Spanish, at the Schoelcher Campus of the University of the Antilles and Guyane (UAG), she moved on to journalism studies at the Fort-de-France Institute of communication techniques. She worked briefly as a radio host at Radio Caraïbes International, before returning to the UAG, where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in history in 1998. Upon passing the competitive CAPES recruitment examination, she became a high school literature and history teacher. After a one-year re-training stint aimed at changing her field of teaching, she began teaching Spanish, notably at a vocational high school in the town of Trinité, where she lived for ten years. She currently resides in the town of Sainte-Marie.

When she is not spending time with her family and three children, she writes, participates in theatre activities, practices yoga and hosts poetic and therapeutic writing workshops. She is particularly interested in natural therapies and after three years of training at the French institute of psychotherapy, she is today an active aid counsellor.

Main works

. In 1993 she received a special prize from the jury of a youth poetry award hosted by the French Ministry of Sports and Youth affairs at the Maison de la Poésie in Paris, for her collection of children’s poems, Lavalas.

. In 1996 she won the Casa de las Americas Prize for a collection of poems for young people, entitled Arc-en-ciel, L’espoir, published in a bilingual edition in Cuba (French and Spanish) by Casa de la Americas and in Colombia by Cocultura.

. In 1998 she translated and adapted Ulises Cala’s play El traje, which was performed and read at the CMAC during the course of “Le temps de lire”.

. That same year, C’est vole que je vole, her first novel – a novel on madness and massacred childhood – was published. She created a show based on this novel (theatrical production with self-written music and songs) and presented it in various libraries.

. In 2000 her second novel, Confidentiel, a novel for young readers, was published by Éditions Dapper.

. In June 2001 she represented Martinique at the 11th International Poetry Festival in Medellin, Colombia.

. In February 2002, L’Espagnole, a novel, was published by Éditions Monde Noir, a member of the Hatier International group.

. In June 2002 she represented Martinique at a continental encounter of indigenous language writers in Guadalajara, Mexico, where she exposed her poems in Creole and Spanish.

. In July 2002 she participated in the Sixth International Festival “Curtea de Arges Poetry Nights” in Romania, and was one of the three poets nominated for the Romanian International Poetry Prize. That same year, Arc-en-ciel, L’espoir - Cucurbeu Speranta was translated and published in a bilingual edition (French and Romanian) by the International Academy Orient-Occident of Romania.

. In October 2002 she participated in the Ditet e Naimit International Festival, which took place in the Republic of Macedonia and was presided over by Ismaël KADARE. She was awarded the OENEUMI Prize for poetry.

. In March 2003 she represented Martinique at the La tente d’Ali Ben Geddhem Poetry Festival in Tunisia.

. In April 2003, Martinique paid tribute to her through the “Griots de la Martinique” initiative, during the XVIth edition of the “Fête de la Poésie”. A collection of her previously published and unpublished writings was published for the occasion.

Her poems have been translated into Albanian, English, Arabic, Spanish, Macedonian and Romanian and have appeared in literary reviews in Albania, Macedonia (“Ditët ë Naïmit” anthology), the United States (MaComere, San Francisco Bay View), Lebanon, Romania and Latin America.

. In June 2005 her fourth novel, Aime comme musique ou comme mourir d’aimer, was published Éditions Le Manuscrit and was a finalist for the 2005 Gros Sel Prize.  It was republished by Éditions Scripta in 2006.

. In July 2006 C’est vole que je vole was published by Éditions Les Oiseaux de papier in Brittany and won the 2005 Gros Sel Prize in Belgium.

. In March 2007 Palabras de paz por tiempos de guerra,a collection of poems, was published by Éditions El perro y la rana and the Venezuelan Ministry of Culture, Caracas

. In April 2007 Et tu dis que tu m’aimes, a narrative, was published by Les oiseaux de papier Editions. This text was a contribution to the fight against violence against women.

. In September 2007 Une robe couleur soleil, a story for young people, was published by Editions Lafontaine in Case-Pilote, Martinique. It was selected in 2008 for the international White Ravens book fair in Munich.

. In December 2007 Dèyè pawol sé lanmou, Par-delà les mots, l’amour, a bilingual collection of poems prefaced by Frankétienne, was published by K Editions, Fort-de-France.

. In 2008 She participated in a collective project, La peinture en Martinique, HC Editions, which won the Grand Prix du Livre insulaire 2008.

. In January 2009 Vole avec elle, a novel, was published by Éditions Acoria, Paris.

. In January 2010 Medley, a short story, was published in a collection featuring various authors – Drive, l’errance ensorcelée – HC Editions.

. In January 2010 Anthologie bilingue was published in French and Spanish by Monte Avila Editores, Caracas.

. In September 2010 Entre îles, a short story, was published by  Horizontes Insulares, Gobierno de Canarias

Other poetry festivals and literary encounters:

. October 2003: Festival de Tetova in Macedonia and Albania

. May 2004: Salvador. Guatemala

. June 2004: International Poetry Festival, Medellin (Colombie)

. Octobre 2005 : Festival International de la Poésie, Trois-Rivières, Québec

. Mai/Juin 2006: The Caribbean Woman Writer as Scholars, Florida International University - Miami

. International Poetry Festival of Havana, Cuba

. June 2006: Saint-Maarten Book Fair: presence at the book fair, encounter with middle-school students, poetry recitals

. Julyt 2006: World Poetry Festival, Venezuela

. July 2007: promotion and poetry recitals in Caracas for the event Palabras de paz por tiempos de guerra. Invited by the Red de Intelectuales en Defensa de la Humanidad. Hosted writing workshops entitled Las alas del sueño in several rural communities throughout Venezuela

+ Participated in the 1st International Poetry Festival of San Francisco

November 2007: Participated in the Chant des Sirènes, at the Atrium, Fort-de-France, Martinique, where she produced the performance of a song extracted from Et tu dis que tu m’aimes

March 2008: Salon International des Poètes Francophones in Cotonou, Bénin. Hosted a writing workshop for middle-school students and participated with other poets in several recitals at the Centre Culturel Français.

+ Havana, Cuba – invited by Casa de las Américas and the French Embassy, for Francophonie Week celebrations, during which she gave a lecture entitled “Deux langues pour dire l’âme créole” and a recital. The children of the well-known group La Colmenita payed tribute to her by reciting extracts of her poetry collection Arc-en-ciel, l’espoir, winner of the Casa de las Américas Prize in1996

April 2008: Participated in the first ever Africa-Caribbean-Maghreb literary encounter, held in Chatenay-Malabry, France, under the honorary chairmanship of the Beninese poet Nouréini Tidjani-Serpos (Deputy Director General of UNESCO, in charge of the African bureau) – recitals, book-signing sessions, informal discussions.

June 2009: Saint-Maarten Book Fair – book signings, encounters with primary school students to discuss her children’s story Une robe couleur soleil, poetry recitals.

Juillet 2009: Congress of the American Association of Teachers of French, San José, Californie. Invited by the Canadian Maison de la Francophonie des Amériques to give a talk on “Giving young people a new taste for reading”.

20 & 21 September 2010: Quebec – poetry and jazz recital with the Daniel Lessard Trio at the Largo- Resto, as part of the pre-opening and as a prelude to the Trois-Rivières International Poetry Festival, within the framework of the 2nd anniversary of the Centre de la Francophonie des Amériques.

+ Montreal National Library: “Quatre poètes, quatre saisons, quatre couleurs, poetry and jazz recital with the Daniel Lessard Trio.

. Other awards:

March 2004: Prize for Creativity awarded by the NAAMAN Foundation for Culture in Lebanon for a selection of poems from the unpublished collection, Paroles de paix pour temps de guerre.

December 2006: Gros Sel Prize 2006, in Brussels, for her novel, C’est vole que je vole.



October 2006: Appointed as an honorary member of the International Poetry Festival in Tetova, Macedonia.


Chants albanais – Poetry. Bilingual edition (French/Albanian) Ditët e Naïmit Editions, Macedonia

June 2010: O Ayti-m, short story, in a collection of texts for Haiti, K Editions, Fort-de-France.



. Le costume (El traje) play written by Ulises Cala

. Sélection de poèmes by Naji Naaman (Creole, Spanish)

. Le témoignage du père (Testimonio del padre) (Otoniel Guevara)

. Cette ardente fureur de liberté (Este ardiente furor de libertad) (Carlos Francisco Elias)

. La fable des cavernes (Marcio Veloz Maggiolo)

. Iles : quand le rêve se fait avenir

. A deux voix (A dos voces) (Play written by Mariluz Suarez Herrera)

. Paroles de paix pour temps de guerre/Miracle/Femme je suis (Palabras de paz por tiempos de guerra/Milagro/Soy mujer) Nicole Cage-Florentiny


Amateur actress:

° Theatre workshop at the OMCLT of Trinité, Martinique, directed by Bérard Bourdon:

Role: Man Cécé in the play Man Cécé, various authors, June 1998

Un week-end, et tout le tralala, various authors, June 1999

° June 2004: Municipal Culture Department, Trinité : Man Cécé

° June 2005, Pa Vini Kon Sa drama company, Maison pour tous, Zac du Bac de Trinité : theatrical production of extracts from Le goût de vivre and Ridiri, written by Nicole Cage-Florentiny

° June 2006, Amateur theatre festival in the town of Trinité, Pa Vini Kon Sa drama ompany. Role:  “The owner”, in the play Yé clic! written by Jeff Florentiny

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