Lend me your pen... and your house


Thanks to an exchange program, two Québec writers will be able to stay at the Maison des écrivains Georges-Anglade in Port-au-Prince, while two haitian authors get to visit in Montréal.

To forge lasting ties with Haiti and foster the development of cultural cooperation, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) has reached an agreement with the PEN Haiti Centre. 

Created at the initiative of writer Georges Anglade, the PEN Haiti Centre is the exchange program’s main partner. It enjoys a membership of about 100 writers and journalists. The Maison, which bears the name of its owner, was bequeathed after the author died in the 2010 earthquake. Its mission is to provide a site where writers from Haiti and elsewhere can meet to defend and promote literature.

The Québec writers will be invited by the PEN Haiti Centre to participate in such varied activities as readings, lectures in schools, and organized discussions, to put them in touch with the Haitian population. In Québec. the Union des écrivaines et des écrivains québécois (UNEQ) will host the Haitian writers and offer them activities related to community life. The length of these stays is six weeks.