Kirby Jambon, a poet from Lafayette, has become the first Louisianian honored with the Henri de Régnier prize from the Académie Française.
The French prize is, according to a news release, the highest and most prestigious award in support of literary creation. Jambon received the award for his poetry collection, “Petites Communions: Poèmes, Chansons et Jonglements,” published in 2013 by Tintamarre in Shreveport. He will fly to Paris in December to receive the award, but will be feted in his home state before the trip with a pair of parties.
On Oct. 27, the consul general of France will host an invitation-only party that will include a reading and interview. At 6 p.m. Nov. 18, Vermilionville, 300 Fisher Road, Lafayette, will host a celebration and reading that is open to the public.
A native of Lafourche Parish, Jambon is a French immersion educator, activist, actor, storyteller and writer. He is the author of two books, “L’École Gumbo,” which one Le Prix Mondes Francophones in 2006, and “Petites Communions.”
He has presented poetry at festivals and conferences in Canada, France and throughout Louisiana.