Archive: An n’ Pale ak Franketiénne, August 26th 2010

44821_465565896829_1351163_n At Housingworks Bookstore Cafe, Franketienne opened the evening with an a capella call to Legba. He joined us on that warm Thursday evening to discuss La miraculeuse féconde créativité du peuple haïtien, or The amazing and prolific creativity of the Haitian People – a look into the many facets and myths that shape the Haitian soul. We were joined by 100 guests at HousingWorks, some of whom stayed even without seats to see the then-Nobel-Laureate nominee discuss his work and the misery, poverty, and devastation of Haiti and its effect on the creativity of the Haitian people. He spoke of his hope for Haiti to assume an identity not as the poorest country in the western hemisphere, but as a wealth of artists and artisans, culture, and creativity. FrankEtiénne is the author of more than 40 publications in French and Kreyòl, including, poems, essays and plays. His most recent play, “Melovivi, the Trap”, was completed in November 2009 and is considered a premonitory vision of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010.  Mr. Etiénne was recently appointed UNESCO artist for peace to promote the agency’s program on books and linguistic diversity. Thank you to HousingWorks for their cooperation for providing the venue for this exciting event!

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