During his stay, Frédéric Forte will lead meetings and workshops at the Manosque International School, Porte Accueil, the Gréoux les Bains Media Library, the La Carline Bookshop in Forcalquier, the Jean Giono Centre, etc.
Frédéric Forte was born in 1973 in Toulouse and now lives in Paris. He is a poet, translator and member of l'Oulipo (L'Ouvroir de Littérature Potentiel), a literary group created in 1960 by Raymond Queneau and François Le Lionnais, including Georges Perec, Italo Calvino, Jacques Roubaud, Jacques Jouet, Hervé Le Tellier or Paul Fournel. The Oulipian authors, whose work develops around the notion of writing constraints, often define themselves as «rats who build themselves the labyrinth from which they propose to emerge».
Marked very early on by the work of Raymond Queneau (he discovered the Exercices de style at age 12), Frédéric Forte turned to poetry in 1999 after playing electric bass in various rock bands. Poetry is in his eyes the preferred way to question the limits of language. His work is mainly focused on formal experimentation but there is no prohibition of any way, not even prose.
During his residency in Manosque, Frédéric Forte will meet the Manosquins during debates, readings or writing workshops with school students… He will also work on a personal project but also related to the festival. A series of short texts designed for writing boards and constituting both the poetic description of an imaginary letter and, for the public, an invitation to write a real letter.