General presentation:

The Haitian poet and novelist Makenzy Orcel was born in Port-au-Prince in 1983 and is regarded as one of the most promising writers of his generation. Deeply attached to his country, he studied linguistics at the Port-au-Prince Faculty of Applied Linguistics before giving up his studies to devote himself to his passion for reading and writing. He is the author of several poetry collections and novels and has twice taken part in the Festival des Étonnants Voyageurs, in 2011 and in 2012. He published his first book La douleur de l’étreinte, a collection of poems, in 2007, followed by Sans ailleurs in 2009. Then, in 2010, he published his first novel les Immortelles, which was written just after the earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince and which is narrated by a prostitute. The novel won the Société des Gens de Lettres Prix Thyde Monnier in 2012. In 2011, he had his second novel, Les Latrines, published by Editions Mémoires d’Encrier. This leads the reader down into the lower depths of Port-au-Prince.

Select bibliography


  • Latrines. Montreal, Mémoires d’Encrier, 2011
  • Les immortelles. Montreal, Mémoire d’Encrier, 2010
  • Aube des traversées et autres poèmes. Montreal, Mémoire d’Encrier, 2010



  • Sans Ailleurs.Arche Collectif, 2009
  • La Douleur de l’étreinte. Deschamps, 2007.

Prizes and distinctions

2012: Société des Gens de Lettres Prix Thyde Monnier for his novel Les Immortelles

@La Médiathèque Caraïbe

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