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Haitian icon awarded in Queens

Frankétienne (born Franck Étienne on April 12, 1936 in Ravine-SècheHaiti) is a Haitian writer, poet, playwright, painter, musician, activist and intellectual.[1][2] He is recognized as one of Haiti's leading writers and playwrights of both French and Haitian Creole,[3] and is "known as the father of Haitian letters".[4] As a painter, he is known for his colorful abstract works, often emphasizing the colors blue and red. He was a candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2009, made a Commander of the Ordre des Arts et Lettres (Order of the Arts and Letters), and was named UNESCO Artist for Peace in 2010.[1][5]
Franketienne, has been awarded in Queens for his role in raising the profile of Haiti’s literature and culture over the past few decades.


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