Haiti - Culture : Rodney Saint-Éloi received the Prix Charles Biddle
"I want to congratulate Mr. Saint-Éloi for his contribution to the literature of Quebec as a writer and as an editor. By the expression of his art, by his work as editor and its commitment to the community, he makes us discover many authors from diverse backgrounds. Mr. Saint-Éloi is source of inspiration and makes honors to the Prix Charles-Biddle. Since his arrival in Quebec, he never ceased to build cultural bridges between the Francophone throughout the world and has created a space where diversity is valued," declared the Deputy Minister Marie-Claude Champoux.
"Culture pour tous is proud to be associated with the presentation of Prix Charles-Biddle. It is for us a nice way to highlight the contribution of artists who immigrated to Quebec. This award reminds us that our common destination defines us more than our starting point individual," stressed Mrs. Louise Sicuro, President and CEO of Culture pour tous.
Learn more about Rodney Saint-Éloi
Born in Cavaillon, Haiti, Rodney Saint-Éloi lives in Montreal since 2001, where he divides his time between writing, publishing and literary tours. In 1991, in Port-au-Prince, he founded the Éditions Mémoire and in 2003 in Montreal, the Éditions Mémoire d'encrier. This publishing house, represented in several countries, welcomes authors from diverse backgrounds and publishes essays, poetry, children's books and novels. This publishing house has made its reputation by bringing together the best Indian writers of Quebec. As an author, Mr. Saint-Éloi has published ten collections of poems and essays on literature and painting. Some of his works have been translated into English, Japanese and Spanish. He has among others published "J'avais une ville d'eau, de terre et d'arc-en-ciel heureux", "J'ai un arbre dans ma pirogue" et "Haiti Kenbe la".
Mr. Saint-Éloi is also present on the Quebec literary scene. As part of the 400th anniversary of Quebec City, he designed for the International Book Fair of Quebec, the Espace of La Francophonie, which brought together 40 internationally renowned authors to reflect the diversity francophone. In 2010, he created the "Espace de la diversité", place of Salon reserved for dialogue, to the discovery and solidarity. Through the work of Mr. Saint-Éloi, many Quebecers have discovered the literature and culture of Haiti, Caribbean, African and Amerindian. "I love giving books as we offers food and water to those affected. In truth, it is the only trade that makes sense to me. That of the "livraginaire", deliveryman of imaginary," declared Rodney Saint-Éloi, by accepting his award.
Learn more about the Prix Charles-Biddle :
The Prix Charles-Biddle, bearing the name of famous jazzman of Quebecers, underlines the outstanding contribution of a person to the artistic and cultural development of Quebec on the national or international scene. The candidates were evaluated according to three criteria: radiation of achievements on the national or international level, the quality of achievements and the recognition by the peers or by the public and the impact of the cultural achievements on the cultural community and the entire Quebecers society. The winner of the Prix Charles-Biddle as selected by a jury composed of personalities from the arts and culture sector, as well as a representative of the Ministry of Immigration and Cultural Communities.
The recipient of the Prix Charles-Biddle received a grant of $ 2,000 and a bronze and granite sculpture, work of artist of Quebec, Danielle Thibeault, native of Trois-Rivières.