I’m among the judges of the “Dis-Moi Dix Mots” poetry contest launched by the Cultural Departments of the Consulate General of France and the Consulate General of Haiti, in Miami, for students in the “French Heritage Language Program” and those attending partner universities in Miami.

On Tuesday, the judges were invited to dinner at La Brochette Bistrot, in Pembroke Pines, by the Cultural Attaché of the Consulate General of France in Miami, Ms. Valerie Drake. I spent a delightful time with poet Maryse C. Elysee and her husband Pierre-Michel, Jeanne Proust who teaches French and Philosopgy at ISCHS, Valerie Jean-Louis (a dynamic intern at the Consulate), and the energetic Ms. Drake.

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Today, from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm, at the Little Haiti Cultural Center,  the Vice Consul of the Consulate General of Haiti in Miami, Guy Francois Jr., and the Cultural Attaché of the Consulate General of France in Miami, Ms. Valerie Drake, will present awards to the winners and certificates to participants. 

Little Haiti Cultural Center
212 N.E. 59 Terrace
Miami, FL 33137

At 7: 00 pm, the Consul General of France, Mr. Gaël de Maisonneuve, and the Consul General of Haiti, Mr. François Guillaume II, will honor and present diplomas to the winners of “Dis-Moi Dix Mots” in presence of the general public of “Big Night in Little Haiti.”