Brossard’s work explores feminism, desire, and their connection to the structure and flexibility of language. Believer reviewer Kate Zambreno has praised Brossard’s “lyrical descriptions of lesbian desire coupled with a continued meditation on language. Brossard conflates writing with lovemaking […] the poems forming a grammar of desire, like a diagrammed body.”
Brossard has published more than 30 books. Her poetry collections include Nicole Brossard: Selections (2010, translated by Jennifer Moxley); Notebook of Roses and Civilization (2006, translated by Robert Majzels and Erin Mouré), which was shortlisted for the Griffin International Poetry Prize; and Installations (1989, translated by Robert Majzels and Erin Mouré). She is also the author of numerous novels, including Mauve Desert (1987, translated by Susanne de Lotbinière-Harwood) and Lovhers (1986, translated by Barbara Godard).
The editor of the anthology The Story So Far: Les Strategies du reel (1979), Brossard co-founded the Quebec literary journals La Barre du Jour and La Nouvelle Barre du Jour.
Her honors include the Canada Council’s Molson Prize, the Prix Athanase-David and two awards for poetry from the Governor General. She lives in Montreal and is a member of L’Académie des Lettres du Québec.