Son of humble peasants, Denizé Lauture left Haiti in 1968. A machinist and welder, he had not graduated from high school. He continued these professions with attending The City College of New York. He received a B.A. in Sociology in 1977, a M.S. in Bilingual Education at CCNY; M.A. in Spanish Literature at Lehman College, graduate studies at Fordham University and at the Graduate Center.
He writes in Haitian Creole, English and French. He has published eleven books. Children’s books with Penguin Putnam , Simon and Schuster and Educavision; poetry in English with SubPress, New York: A Kiss to the Land, 2017, The Black Warrior and Other Poems, 2005 ; two major French books: Les dards empoisonnes du denizen (2015), Les Lunes d’or du cactus (2017) with the Trilingual Press in Boston. He also published four books in his native language; and Denizens of Hope , a bilingual book, CC Marimbo (2015) Berkeley, CA.
Denizé’s commitment to his homeland has resulted in the building of 16 artesian wells in the region where he was born. He also recently sent 45 boxes of books to a small library a small library he helped create in a school located in his birthplace region. He is the founder of Total Kindness LLC.
Some of his poems have appeared in: Artist and Influence, (Hatch-Billops Collection), Black American, Literature Forum( Indiana State University), Callaloo, Johns Hopkins University, Liberation Poetry (Trilingual Press), Illuminations ( College of Charleston), The Poetry of Everyday Life,(City Lore, New York). Denize lives in the Bronx, New York and taught Haitian Creole and Culture, Bilingual Education, French Language and Literature, Spanish Language at Saint Thomas Aquinas College. He recently signed contracts for a children’s book and a novel in Creole with Educavision, a Haitian publisher in Florida.