Haitian author Frankétienne named UNESCO Artist for Peace
Frankétienne, dubbed the “Dean of modern Haitian literature”, is named UNESCO Arist for peace. My congratulations to you, Frankétienne. May your tribe increase! By the way, Jean Jonassaint, Associate Professor of French at Syracuse University, has recently written Typo/Topo/Poéthique sur Frankétienne.
“Frankétienne’s designation as UNESCO Artist for Peace recognizes his remarkable contribution to French-language literature, his commitment to safeguarding and promoting Haitian culture, and his efforts to promote the ideals of the Organization.
Frankétienne, who writes, acts, paints and also teaches, is an emblematic figure of Haitian culture. Author of some 40 works written in French and Creole, including Dezafi (1975) and Ultravocal (1972), he has received numerous literary prizes and distinctions. His latest play Melovivi ou Le Piège will be performed for the first time at UNESCO on 24 March.”