Eddy Toussaint Tontongi Papers, 1984-2022
- Toussaint, Eddy (Eddy Pierre) (Creator, Person)
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Poet, critic, essayist, Toussaint writes in Haitian Creole, French, and English. His books of poetry include Cri de Rêve: La Manifeste Poétique de la Poésie Exilée, The Dream of Being: Liberation Poetry, the epic poem, The Vodou Gods’ Joy / Rejwisans Lwa Yo (about his experience growing up in a Voodoo temple), and In the Beast’s Alley: Poems of Conscience. His essays include a study of the first Aristide presidency, La Présidence d’Aristide: Entre Le Défi l’Espoir.
Toussaint has published several newspapers and magazines related to the Haitian Diaspora in the Boston area, including Nouvelle Stratégie (first published in 1984), Haiti-Progrès, Haiti en Marche, Boston Haitian Reporter, Left Curve, and Tanbou. He has contributed to several anthologies, including Vodou: Visions and Voices of Haiti, Open Gate: Anthology of Haitian Creole Poetry (the first translated poetry book of Haitian Creole), Revolution/Revolisyon/ Révolution: An Artistic Commemoration of the Haitian Revolution, and Liberation Poetry: An Anthology, Poetica Agwe: Essays, Poems, and Testimonials on Resistance, Peace and the Ideal of Being.
Toussaint is the editor of the trilingual literary-political journal, Tanbou (available online at tanbou.com), and the founder of Trilingual Press based in Cambridge, Mass. Tanbou, founded in 1992, seeks to “embody a written, artistic expression of a consciousness that is trapped, mystified and oppressed but which still maintains the struggle against the domination of the absurd.” Works are published in English, French, or Haitian Creole without translations so that equal importance is placed on each language. The first issue was published in January 1994.
Trilingual Press was founded in 2003, as a collective, collaborative and non-commercial press, which advocates the concept of koumbit (helping hand) to help publish work of interest in Haitian Creole, French, English, and other world languages and literatures. In 2004,Trilingual Press published its first book: Love and Other Poems by Haitian Youths by Paul Germain. The Press features local poets, including Dumas F. Lafontant, who lives in Cambridge.
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Organization of Collection
Series 1: Journals, 1984-1996
Series 2: Pamphlets, 1986-1997
Series 3: Books, 2001-2014
- Cambridge (Mass.)
- Haiti -- History
- Haitian literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism
- Haitian poetry (French Creole) -- Translations into French
- Haitian poetry -- 20th Century
- Haitians -- United States
- Haitians -- United States -- Migrations
- Protest literature
- Small Presses -- United States
- Trilingual Press
- Finding Aid to the Eddy Toussaint Tontongi Papers, 1984-2014 034
- Alyssa Pacy in 2013 and Lily Weitman (EAD conversion in 2016) under the supervision of Alyssa Pacy.
- 30 December 2013 and July 2016
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