PEN is honored to have two-time National Poetry Slam Champion Roger Bonair-Agard join us for the Free the Word! Festival (April 20-22) in Port-au-Prince, Haiti!
A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Bonair-Agard immigrated to the United States in 1987 and has since appeared three times on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and worked extensively with youth around the country through poetry organizations such as Urban Word (NYC) and Volume (Ann Arbor). He is the co-founder and artistic director of the LouderARTS Project in New York, and his latest book of poems, GULLY, was published in 2010.
Another lively panel at PEN Haiti’s Liberez la parole festival, this time at the Alliance Francaise in Gonaives, the heart of Haitian revolutions. Featuring (from left) Louis-Philippe Dalembert (author and poet), Frantz Duval (editor-in-chief of Le Nouvelliste, Emmelie Prophete (novelist, poet, and radio personality). Once again the panel discussed Jean-Stephane Alexis, doctor, poet, novelist, and statesman disappeared around 1962 under the Duvalier regime. The second photo was the site of delicious meals, a lot of horsing around, and performances by a vodou troupe and a host of both local and international musicians.
Christine Lewis, a member of the Domestic Workers United Workshop, reading her poem, “The Price of Migration Equals Slave Labor,” on Saturday, May 5. The panel was moderated by poet and activist Mark Nowak.