The jury of the 27th edition of the Carbet Prize [Prix Carbet de la Caraïbe et du Tout-Monde] who met in Cayenne, French Guiana, last Friday, December 16, 2016, dedicated the 2016 prize to Haitian writer Anthony Phelps for his entire literary corpus. On Thursday, January 7, 2017, at 7:00pm there will be a night of poetry with Anthony Phelps and an award ceremony honoring the poet at Maison de l’Amérique Latine [Latin American House] located at 217 Boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris 7, France.
Statement from the Institut du Tout-Monde: This year’s Prix Carbet de la Caraïbe et du Tout-Monde goes to a true monument of Haitian literature. Author of an immense corpus of work, poet and novelist Anthony Phelps is, along with René Depestre and Frankétienne, one of the great elders of Haitian literature, a literature so abounding with talent. Born in 1928, his name is inseparable from the “Haïti littéraire” movement founded in the early sixties, notably with René Philoctète and Davertige, which represented, in the midst of the Duvalier dictatorship, both an eminent pole of resistance and a deep force for the renewal of Haitian literary and artistic expression. The poet paid for this freedom in the prisons of François Duvalier’s regime before moving to Montreal, where he became a journalist and developed a fundamental literary oeuvre. His fame is inseparable from a collection of poetry that became a tutelary work, Mon pays que voici, published in 1968. Last May, Éditions Bruno Doucey dedicated an anthology of his poetry, Nomade je fus de très vieille mémoire, and this year the final list of the Carbet Prize included the last collection of Anthony Phelps’s poetry, Je veille, incorrigible féticheur (also published by Bruno Doucey, 2016). He is an essential poet who is crowned this year by the Prix Carbet.
For more information, see http://www.tout-monde.com/prixcarbet2016laureat.html
Photo from when he won the Jaime Sabines-Gatien Lapointe Prize for Poetry: http://www.informador.com.mx/cultura/2014/542249/6/anthony-phelps-gana-premio-jaime-sabines-2014.htm 2014