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Kendel Hippolyte

Kendel Hippolyte has been described by The Heinemann Book of Caribbean Poetry as "Perhaps the outstanding poet of his generation." Born in St.Lucia in 1952, he studied and lived in Jamaica in the 1970s, where he explored his talents as a poet, playwright and director. As a poet, his writing ranges across the continuum of language from Standard English to the varieties of Caribbean English and he has also written poems in Kweyol, his nation language. He works in traditional forms like the sonnet and villanelle as well as in so-called free verse and in forms influenced by rap and reggae. He has participated in poetry workshops by Derek Walcott and Mervyn Morris. He has himself designed and taught poetry workshops in various places such as Ty Newydd in Wales and the UWI Caribbean Writers Summer Workshop in Barbados. He has performed his work at events such as the Miami International Book Fair, the Medellin Poetry Festival, Calabash Literary Festival, among others. He has twice won the Literature prize in the Minvielle &C hastanet Fine Arts Awards, for many years the premier arts award scheme in St.Lucia. He has been the recipient of a James Michener Fellowship to study poetry and an OAS scholarship to study theatre. A published playwright, actor and director and a cultural activist in other areas, he was awarded the St.Lucia Medal of Merit (Gold) in 2000 for his contribution to the arts.
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