Kettly Mars was born in 1958 in Port-au-Prince, Haïti, where she lives. She is a bold and evocative writer who offers fresh insights on contemporary realities and a vibrant, nuanced exposé of Haïtian society. Sensuality and eroticism are a significant aspect of her literature, her way to bring down the barriers and travel freely into her fascinating and disturbing characters. Kettly Mars has received the Jacques Stephen Alexis prize for short story (1996), the Senghor Prize for literature (2006), the Barbancourt grant (2011), and the Prince Claus prize for Culture and Development (2011). She is the president of the women’s writer committee of the PEN Club Haïti, member of the jury of the literary prize Prix Henri Deschamps, and member of the jury for awards of the Prince Claus Fund. Her novels and short stories have been translated into Danish, German, Dutch, Italian, Japanese, and English.
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