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Poetry From the January 2013 issue: Writing from Haiti
Guy-Gerald MénardGuy-Gerald Ménard
Guy-Gerald Ménard was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. After high school he traveled to the USA, where he resided for twenty years. He studied commercial art at City College of New York, and earned an undergraduate degree from Barry University in Miami and a certificate in teachers' vocational education from Florida International University. Since his return to Haiti, Ménard devotes his time to teachers' training activities and teaching at the university. His poems are included in numerous anthologies and other publications in his country and abroad. Ménard published his first book of poetry, Similak, in 1998 and a second, Sezon malè, in 2012.
Translated from Haitian CreoleHaitian Creole by Chantal KenolChantal Kenol
Chantal Kénol was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree in English literature, with a minor in linguistics, from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., she returned to Haiti in 1986 to work as a secondary school teacher. She is now co-principal of a private school in Port-au-Prince. Her time is mostly divided between education and literature. She is the executive secretary of Association Atelier Jeudi Soir, a collective of writers and artists; she is also a founding member of Association Etonnants Voyageurs, Haiti, which holds an international book and film festival in Haiti every two years, and she sits on the editorial board of the new Haitian literary magazine Demanbre. Her poems and short stories have been published in newspapers, magazines, and anthologies in Haiti and in France.
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