Published February 24, 2012
On February 4, 2012, the Pulitzer Center presented a multimedia exploration of Haiti's earthquake through the lives, and voices, of Haitians confronting the ongoing consequences of this disaster, especially those living with HIV/AIDS. The performance was held at FOKAL in Port-au-Prince, Haïti, featuring poet Kwame Dawes, composer and performer Kevin Simmonds, soprano Valetta Brinson, Kreyol performers Andre Paultre and Pascale Verly, and the photography of Andre Lambertson.
Voices of Haiti is a multimedia performance based on poems by Dawes, set to music by composer Kevin Simmonds. The work grew out of a year-long Pulitzer Center commission to report on Haiti after the earthquake, with reporter/poet Kwame Dawes, reporter Lisa Armstrong, and photographer Andre Lambertson. While in Haiti Dawes wrote poems in response to the stories he heard. These poems are at the heart of Voices of Haiti: A Post-Quake Odyssey in Verse. The work explores the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS after the devastating earthquake. It is a celebration of their lives and their survival. The project also encompasses reporting featured in USA Today, The New York Times, The Daily Beast, The Atlantic, and PBS NewsHour.
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