Though well-known as a poet, Marilene Phipps-Kettlewell is also a gifted visual artist passionately in love with paint and unafraid to probe spiritual dimensions of life as observed in her native Haiti. In these major paintings, she examines sites of public and personal pilgrimage, and pays respect to the humanity, dignity and character of Haitians that have touched her life and work. Along the way, she infused the paintings with color and sobriety, introspection and a sense of the elegiac.
Ms. Phipps-Kettlewell has won fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts, as well as the Bunting Institute, W.E.B. DuBois Institute and the Center for the Study of World Religions all at Harvard University. A recipient of a Grolier poetry prize, her poetry volume Crossroads and Unholy Water won the l999 Crab Orchard Review. Other poems and articles have appeared in such publications as Ploughshares, Transition, Callaloo and River Styx. Her short fiction has also won her accolades, and was included in the Best American Short Stories 2001 and 2003. As a painter, she has exhibited widely and is represented in many private and public collections.