Francis Combes was born in 1953, in South of France. He is an activist and a poet. He founded in 1993 the
publishing company Le Temps des Cerises.
As a poet, he published twenty books, and has been translated in English, German, Arabic, Spanish, Italian,
Macedonian, Albanian, Hungarian, Turkish, Chinese… Among his books : Cause commune (Common cause) ; La
Fabrique du bonheur, L’Aubépine, Poèmes du nouveau monde, La France aux quatre vents … He also wrote
novels, essays and published with his wife, Patricia Latour, a book of conversation with the French Marxist
philosopher Henri Lefebvre.
He made also translations of poets : Henri Heine and Brecht, from German, Vladimir Maïakovski from Russian,
Peire Vidal from Occitan and Attila Jozsef, from Hungarian.
For fifteen years, he was in charge of a public campaign of poetry posters in the subway of Paris.
He has also been for seven years the director of the International poetry festival of Val-de-Marne.
Now, he works with the Merle moqueur, the French section of WPM, and is setting up a new press, with young
poets, Manifeste !