Ledoux, Denis (1947? - )

Genre: General Fiction, Non-Fiction, Non-Fiction - Scholarly, Short Stories

Denis Ledoux was born and raised in Lewiston, ME. His family was a part of the Franco-American community that emigrated from Canada to work in the mills of the area. Growing up a part of that insulated community, he learned to speak French before English and he felt that there was no Franco-American history, at least not in the history books in his school. He discovered fellow Franco-American Jack (Jean-Baptiste)Kerouac and began reading Canadian literature and history. He attended the Oblate seminary (then in Bucksport, ME) but didn't stay. He then attended Catholic University in Washington and received his bachelor's degree in English. He returned to Maine and began teaching and becoming re-involved in the newly burgeoning Franco-American culture during the 1970's. He began writing pieces based on his heritage, teaching the art of memoir writing in workshops called "Turning Memories into Memoirs", based on those experiences, and began his own publishing company, Soleil Press.

Selected Bibliography

  • What Became of Them: And Other Stories from FrancoAmerica (1988)
  • Mountain Dance: And Other Stories (1990)
  • Lives in Translation: An Anthology of contemporary Franco-American Writings (editor) (1991)
  • Turning Memories in Memoirs: A Handbook for Writing Lifestories (1993)
  • The Photo Scribe: A Writing Guide: How to Write the Stories Behind Your Photographs (1999)
  • The Editor's Manual: Editing Prose as a Professional (2003)

Selected Resources