Haitian women Honored as poet, novelist, short story writer, educator and art critic

Great writers write what they know, and to know one must have experienced. It is perhaps the wealth of experience to be had growing up with the flavorful culture of Haiti, combined with the inherent 'growing up female' narrative to mold them why women Haitian writers number so many and are so excitingly prolific in their works. This undeniably compelling group of ladies has received an honor even greater than the awards recently issued to 8 among their field with this further acknowledgement of the worth of their words.

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The setting was the Municipal Palace of Delmas, the day, Monday April 1, 2013, our protagonists, 8 wonderful writers whose dedication to their various forms of writing, as poets, short-story and novel writers, art critics and educators, was honored by the Ministry of Culture in a ceremony alive with music from the Congolese 'Drums of Brazza'. Edith Lataillade, Marilisse Neptune Rouzier, Marianne Lehmann, Marie-Alice Théard, Evelyne Trouillot, Marie-Marthe Balin Paul, Charlotte Barlatier Cadet and Paula Clermont Péan were given plaques of merit honoring their literary contributions that have benefited the literature of Haiti by enriching it and giving voice to the issues faced by women in Haitian society.

Just a month before, posthumous honors were given to another 8, Yanick Jean, Paulette Poujol Oriol, Marie-Thérèse Colimon Hall, Mireille Durocher Bertin, Yvonne Hakim Rimpel, Ida Faubert, Mona Guérin Rouzier and Marie-Vieux Chauvet. Other notable and internationally known female Haitian writers include Edwidge Danticat and Marie-Célie Agnant.

These tributes happened within the official launch of the International Day of Women's 'Women of Ink', a program meant to give mentorship and promotion to Haiti's female writers.

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