General Presentation

Frantz Dominique Batraville was born in 1962 in Port-au-Prince. He is a poet, journalist and actor. After studying briefly at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and Lille University in France, he returned to Haiti in July 1986 after the fall of Jean-Claude Duvalier. He used a different spelling of his patronym – Batravil – when he published his first poetry collections. Frantz is described as eccentric and anti-conformist. He is a traveller; Depestre talks of "géolibertinage" in his regard. His work ranges from poetry collections to stories for children, taking in novels and plays along the way. Some of his texts, such as Kantik devanjou, have been translated into Spanish, English and Portuguese. Frantz Dominique Batraville is also renowned for his work as a journalist and art critic, and he has written for the famous Haitian daily Le Nouvelliste since 1998. He also contributes to the weekly paper Haïti en Marche and magazine Vues d'Haïti and has been presenting the literary column "À Haute voix" since 2003 on Mélodie FM, a station broadcast by Radio Soleil d'Haïti in New York. As an actor, note his leading role in the film Royal Bonbon by Charles Najman, as King Chacha. He also acted in L'évangile du cochon créole by Michelange Quay (selected in Cannes in 2004). Frantz Dominique Batraville’s most recent publication is called L'Archipel des hommes sans os : a series of 9 short stories in which the author "boldly defines the Haitian post-earthquake tragedy, Creole humour and the absurdity of insular everyday life" (cf. book back cover).

Select bibliography


  • Semelles de Braise suivi de Grammaire des îles. Presses Nationales d'Haïti, 2012.
  • Pòtre van sèvolan. Presses Nationales d'Haïti, 2008.
  • Grammaire des îles. Illustrations by Tiga. Bois d'Orme, 2002.
  • Kantik devanjou, 1998.
  • Papye Kreyol. Presented by Pierre Vernet. Éditions des Antilles, 1990.
  • Pétition au soleil. Choucoune, 1979.
  • Boulpik. Preface by Konpe Filo. Choucoune, 1978.

Novels and narratives

  • L'Archipel des hommes sans os. Riveneuve, 2012.
  • Le récitant zen. Rivarticollection, 2006.


  • Km. Directed by Ernst Saint-Rome, 2005.
  • L'Ouverture, story-drama. 2003.
  • Le Nègre et la rose de l'auberge. Directed by the author in Port-au-Prince in 2001.
  • Fanm klete. Directed by Élie Pennont in Martinique in 1998.
  • Bolèt 50 15 10. Directed by Élie Pennont in Martinique in 1998.

Prizes and distinctions

-      2009: Winner of the 13th Concours international de Poésie in the category Langue française, awarded by the association La Porte des poètes.

-      2003: 2nd Prix Toussaint Louverture, for the story-drama L'Ouverture.

-      1998: Mention for the Unesco/Cuba Prize, for El Cantico de la aurora (Kantik devanjou).

-      1997: Prix Sony Rupaire, for the story "Potre van nan sèvolan lakansyèl " (new).

-      1996: 3rd Prix Unicef-Haïti, for the play Le Nègre et la rose de l'auberge (new).

-      1996: Mention for the Prix Jacques-Stephen Alexis, for the short story "L'Arbre qui saigne".

@La Médiathèque Caraïbe

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