Jacques Pierre was born in Cap-Haitien, Haiti. He studied Haitian Creole and French Applied Linguistics at the State University of Haiti. He is currently a Lecturing Fellow in French, Haitian Creole and Culture in the Department of Romance Studies at Duke University and Core Affiliated Faculty in the Haiti Lab. Before joining Duke University, he was a Visiting Lecturer in Haitian Creole and Culture at Florida International University. In addition, he has been coordinating the Haitian Summer Institute at Florida International University for four years. He was trained as a lexicographer at Indiana University and worked for six years as an Assitant Editor on the Haitian Creole-English Bilingual Dictionary (2007) published by the Creole Institute at Indiana University. He has an M.A. in Translation Studies with a concentration in French and Haitian Creole and an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language, both degrees from Kent State University. Most recently, he published a book of poems in Haitian Creole called Omega (2012).