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Jean Sénac

Author, French
Jean Sénac was born in 1926 in Béni Saf, Algeria, a small mining town near Oran, the illegitimate son of a working-class Spanish mother. Aside from his many poetry collections and critical essays, he directed several radio programs on poetry at Radio Alger, spearheaded three literary reviews (M, Soleil, and Terrasses), and founded Galerie 54, dedicated to Algerian art. Sénac was politically active against French colonialism and, after his return to Algeria in 1962, openly homosexual. He was assassinated in 1973. (Photo credit: image courtesy of the Poetry Foundation)