Author Kendel Hippolyte is celebrating the release of yet another book “Fault Lines”, and has teamed up with the Cultural Development Foundation and Sunshine Bookshop to officially unveil this new book on Tuesday 19th June, 2012.The new book of poems “Fault Lines” was released in April, and has been successfully launched in London and Leeds at the Caribbean Writers Conference in the UK, in Trinidad at the BOCAS Literary Festival and in Barbados at the BIM Literary Festival. This easy to read book catches in the same poem both a precision of observation and the indeterminacy of the observing mind, the awareness that “whatever drove us was also banishing what we were driven to”.
During the upcoming presentation of the book, attendants could expect 1) a representation of Saint Lucian poetry tradition in which a number of poets would present a brief selection from each other’s works in both English and Creole, with the more established poet presenting the work of a younger and vice-versa, 2) short musical interlude and 3) Mr. Hippolyte presenting selections from the work. Afterwards, Sunshine bookstore would have copies of the book and other local literature on sale and Mr. Hippolyte will be available for signings.
Born in St. Lucia in 1952, Kendel Hippolyte is a poet, playwright and director. Recently retired from academic work, his present focus is to use his skills as a writer and dramatist to raise public awareness and contribute to active solutions of critical social issues. He has published five books of poetry, and his work has appeared in various journals such as The Greenfield Review, The Massachusetts Review and in anthologies like Caribbean Poetry Now, Voiceprint, West Indian Poetry and others
The book will be launched on Tuesday 19th, June 2012 from 5:00 pm at the Cultural Development Foundation’s Conference Room and on that day when customers purchase a copy they can get their book signed by the author.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born in St. Lucia in 1952, he studied and lived in Jamaica in the 1970s, where he explored his talents as a poet, playwright and director. As a poet, his writing ranges across the continuum of language from Standard English to the varieties of Caribbean English and he has also written poems in Kweyol, his nation language. He works in traditional forms like the sonnet and villanelle as well as in so-called free verse and in forms influenced by rap and reggae. He has published five books of poetry, the latest
being Night Vision (TriQuarterly Books, Northwestern University Press, 2005) and his poetry has appeared in various journals such as The Greenfield Review, The Massachusetts Review and in anthologies like Caribbean Poetry Now, Voiceprint, West Indian Poetry and others. He has also edited Confluence:Nine St.Lucian Poets, So Much Poetry in We People, an anthology of performance poetry from the Eastern Caribbean, This Poem-Worthy Place, an anthology of poems from Bermuda, as well as student anthologies from creative writing students at the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College where he was a lecturer in literature and drama until 2007.
He has participated in poetry workshops by Derek Walcott and Mervyn Morris. He has himself designed and taught poetry workshops in various places such as Ty Newydd in Wales and the UWI Caribbean Writers Summer Workshop in Barbados. He has performed his work in the Caribbean, Europe and America at events such as the Miami International Book Fair, the Medellin Poetry Festival, Calabash Literary Festival, Vibrations Caraibes, the Havana Book Fair among others. In 2007, he won the Bridget Jones Travel Award to travel to England to present his one-man dramatized poetry production, Kinky Blues, at the annual conference of the Society for Caribbean Studies. He has twice won the Literature prize in the Minvielle & Chastanet Fine Arts Awards, for many years the premier arts award scheme in St.Lucia. He has been the recipient of a James Michener Fellowship to study poetry and an OAS scholarship to study theatre.
He has also established himself as an innovative playwright and director, authoring eight plays, and directing scores of others, including his own The Drum-Maker (1976), The Song of One (1995) and Triptych (2000), all of which have been published in drama anthologies. In 1984, he co-founded the Lighthouse Theatre Company in St. Lucia, and has long been involved in all aspects of the dramatic arts on the island. He has toured with theatre productions in the Caribbean and the UK. At different times he has been involved as actor, director and administrator in Saint Lucia’s contingents travelling to CARIFESTA. He is an original and continuing member of the syllabus panel for the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) Theatre Arts programme and serves as an external examiner.
In 2000, Kendel was awarded the St. Lucia Medal of Merit (Gold) for Contribution to the Arts. Recently retired from the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, his present focus is to use his skills as a writer and dramatist to raise public awareness and contribute to active solutions of critical social issues.