Nicolas Kurtovitch

Nicolas Kurtovitch was born in Nouméa to New Caledonian and Yugoslavian parents. He studied geography at the University of Provence and then became a teacher in New Caledonia, serving as principal of Do Kamo High School for twenty-five years. One of the leading figures in New Caledonia’s literary landscape, he is the author of an extensive oeuvre of poetry, fiction, and theatre and has given readings and done residencies in many countries around the world. His writing has been awarded the Antonio Viccaro International Poetry Prize, the Prix du Salon of the Ouessant Island Book Fair, the Popaï Prize, and the Vi Nimö Prize. He is a member of the Société des Gens de Lettres de France and was the founding president of the Association of New Caledonian Writers. In 2005 he helped create the Geopoetic Center of New Caledonia and in 2004 he was made a knight of France’s Order of Arts and Letters.

Awen publications:


By the Edge of the Sea: short stories

Other publications:




Vision d’insulaire

Souffle de la nuit

L’arme qui me fera vaincre

Homme montagne

Assis dans la barque

Avec le masque

Dire le vrai / To Tell the Truth (with Déwé Gorodey)

On marchera le long du mur

Poème de la solitude et de l’exil

Autour Uluru / Around Uluru

Ode aux pauvres

Haïbun de ouessant

Le piéton du dharma

Le dit du cafard Taoist

Cette poignée de main (with Annie Rosès)

Les arbres et les rochers se partagent la Montagne

Ombre que protège l’ombre

Où irons nous ces jours prochains




Forêt terre et tabac



Lieux II

Seulement des mots

Good night friend

Les heures italiques

Dans le ciel splendide

Iamelé and Willidone




Le sentier Kaawenya

Les dieux sont borgnes (with Pierre Gope)

La commande

La Balançoire



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