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Norma Cole is a Canadian poet, artist and translator. Among her poetry books are Mars (1994), Moira (1995), Contrafact (1996), and Scout (2005), a multimedia text in CD-ROM format. Cole, who has tirelessly explored contemporary French writing in many forms, earned her M.A. in French Language and Literature from the University of Toronto. Her translations include Crosscut Universe: Writing on Writing from France (2000) and Anne Portugal's Nude (2001).
Cole has collaborated with poets and painters in a variety of media, winning a Purchase Award with Ben E. Watkins for their photo/text collaboration "They Flatter Almost Recognize" (1994). In addition to receiving numerous awards and residencies for poetry, art, and translation, Cole has edited special issues of magazines Chain and Avec, and with Stacy Doris co-edited a translation issue of Raddle Moon. Cole lives in San Francisco where she teaches at San Francisco State University and the University of San Francisco.