Haitian Writer Louis-Philippe Dalembert

Louis-Philippe Dalembert is an award winning Haitian novelist and poet. He has received many awards and prizes, such as the Scripps College's Spring 2014 Erma Taylor O'Brien Distinguished Visiting Professorship award and the Prix RFO du livre, amongst many others. He writes in French and Haitian Creole, and his works have been translated into several languages, including Danish, German, and Italian.


Dalembert was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in 1962, to a school teacher and a principal. Within months, his father died and the family's situation immediately became more challenging. He and his mother moved to Bel-Air, where he was raised by multiple female relatives while his mother was away at work. His early years were filled with religious influences and later on, cinema, which was located behind his home. Although he could see the film from a distance, he could not hear it. During this time, he learned to create dialogue and tell a story. He learned how to touch emotions and draw the reader in. His work tugs at his childhood while weaving in his experiences as a traveler, taking the reader on a journey along with him.

In Haiti, Dalembert trained in literature and journalism, and gained experience as a journalist before leaving in1986 and heading to France where he earned a PhD in comparative literature at the Sarbonne. Speaking seven languages, Dalembert has since traveled extensively. He is currently settled in Paris but also spends time in Berlin and Port-au-Prince, and draws from his many experiences when forming his works of written art.

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