Born in St. Lucia in 1952, Kendel Hippolyte studied and lived in Jamaica in the 1970s, where he explored his talents as a poet, playwright, and director. His poetry ranges across the continuum of language from Standard English to the varieties of Caribbean English. He has also written poems in Kweyol, his national language.
Hippolyte has published six books of poetry, the latest being Fault Lines (Peepal Tree Press, 2012). He has edited Confluence: Nine St.Lucian Poets, So Much Poetry in We People, an anthology of performance poetry from the Eastern Caribbean, and This Poem-Worthy Place, an anthology of poems from Bermuda.
Hippolyte was a lecturer in literature and drama in Sir Arthur Lewis Community College until 2007. The recipient of many honors and awards, he has taught and performed in the Caribbean, US, and Europe.
Hippolyte 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.
In 2000, Hippolyte 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.
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