Marie-Léontine Tsibinda became the first Congolese woman to establish her place in the great literary forest of the Congo, a landscape dominated by men, after she received encouragement from Professor Eugène Ngoma at the University of Brazzaville to publish her poems. The American Cultural Center in Brazzaville was her lifeline, and Sony Labou Tansi’s Rocado Zulu Theater gave her the opportunity to dream and travel. She received the UNESCO-ASCHBERG prize in Paris for her short story, Les pagnes mouillés. A wife and mother, she settled in Canada after brief stays in Niger and Benin. Please visit her on Facebook or her blog: mltsibinda.com.