Gilles Hénault, writer (b at St-Majoric, Qué 1 Aug 1920; d at Montréal 6 Oct 1996).
His decision to join the Communist newspaper Combat with Pierre Gélinas (the newspaper was closed down in 1947 by Maurice DUPLESSIS'SPADLOCK ACT) temporarily shut other journalistic doors against him. Hénault then worked as a union organizer in a Sudbury nickel mine and published a number of dissident poems.
Hénault returned to Montréal in 1953 and worked in radio, TV and film as journalist, scriptwriter and host. In 1959 he became literary and artistic editor for LE DEVOIR and was director 1966-71 of the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal. He was writer-in-residence at U of O in 1975-76 and was in charge of the plastic-art department of UQAM in 1983-84.