Kendel Adrian Hippolyte

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Auteur dramatique, Kendel Hippolyte incarne la création théâtrale st-lucienne. Engagé dans le développement de son île et son ancrage dans la région, enseignant, éditeur, poète,  ou conseiller culturel, il a contribué à de nombreux projets aussi bien dans le Folk Research Center, centre de ressources st lucien qu'au sein du Caricom et de CaribNet.
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Hippolyte was born in Castries, the capital of St Lucia, and was educated at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. He worked as a teacher at St Mary's College in Vigie, Castries, and the Sir Arthur Lewis College at the Morne. He is actively involved as a playwright and director with the Lighthouse Theatre Company, of which he was a co-founder.

He has written eight plays. His best known, Drum-maker, uses idiomatic Caribbean language to explore the indigenous local culture in a political context. He has published several collections of verse, characterized by its modernist free style. He is also the editor of the anthologies Confluence: Nine Saint Lucian Poets (1988) and So Much Poetry in We People (1990).

In 2000, he was awarded the St. Lucia Medal of Merit (Gold) for Contribution to the Arts. He was awarded the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature in 2013 for his 2012 poetry collection Fault Lines.

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Tertiary education:
MPhil (Literature), 2000
University of the West Indies, Mona Campus
BA General Studies (Literature, History, Sociology), 1972 - 1976


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Saint Lucian
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Ville de résidence principale: 
Gros Islet

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PUBLICATIONS (selection)

Poetry :

Fault Lines (Peepal Tree Press, 2012)
Night Vision (TriQuarterly Books, Northwestern University Press, 2005)
Island in the Sun – Side Two  (Ioulanalao Series, UWI, 1980)

Poems have appeared in the following journals and anthologies:
Caribbean Quarterly - Atlanta Review - The Greenfield Review - Graham House Review - Wasafiri
Trinidad and Tobago Review - The New Voices


Published Plays

The Drum-Maker, in Caribbean Plays for Playing (Heinemann Books, 1985) and Carlong Caribbean Drama for the Classroom (Carlong Publishers, 2001)
The Song of One, in International Plays for Young Audiences (Meriwether Publishing, USA, 2000)
Triptych, in Contemporary Drama of the Caribbean (The Caribbean Writer Research Publications, 2001)


Editorship :

This Poem-Worthy Place: Bermuda Anthology of Poetry - Vol 2. (2011)
Saint Lucian Literature and Theatre: An Anthology of Reviews (co-edited with John Robert Lee) (2006)
Lucian Kaiso – an annual magazine documenting calypso in Saint Lucia (co-edited with Embert Charles et al) (1990-1993)


Various articles on arts and culture in newspapers (eg, the ArtBeat column in the Voice of Saint Lucia) and magazines