Frankétienne wins the 2021 Grand Prix de la Francophonie

Raoul Junior Lorfils (Haiti Loop News) reports that Haitian writer and artist Frankétienne recently won the 2021 Grand Prix de la Francophonie awarded by the French Academy [Académie française]. He was one of three Haitian winners among 65 distinguished figures in the 2021 list of awardees. The other two are novelist and director of the Haitian Copyright Office, Emmelie Prophète-Milcé, who won the Prix du rayonnement de la langue et de la littérature françaises [Prize for Outreach of French Language and Literature] and writer Philippe Dalembert, who received the Prix François Coppée in the poetry category for his poetry collection Cantique du balbutiement (2020).

Haitian writer Frankétienne wins the Grand Prix de la Francophonie as part of the 2021 Awards of the French Academy, as Loop Haiti learned on Tuesday, June 24. The 85-year-old man of letters becomes the second Haitian to receive this distinction after Jean Métellus in 2010.

Accompanied by 30,000 euros, the Grand Prix de la Francophonie honors “the work of a French-speaking individual who, in his country or internationally, has made an eminent contribution to maintaining and illustrating of the French language”.

Two other Haitians appear in the 2021 prize list of the French Academy which distinguishes a total of 65 personalities of letters and pens. The first is the novelist and director of the Haitian Copyright Office, Emmelie Prophète-Milcé. She is the winner of the Prize for Outreach of French Language and Literature. The second is novelist Philippe Dalembert, recipient of the François Coppée Prize in the Poetry Prize category for his collection of poems Cantique du balbutiement (2020).

Translated by Ivette Romero. For full article, in French, see https://haiti.loopnews.com/content/franketienne-remporte-le-grand-prix-de-la-francophonie-2021

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