Jean Metellus (30 April 1937 – 4 January 2014) was a Haitian neurologist, poet, novelist and playwright. Jean Metellus was born in Jacmel, Haiti. After completing his education in Haiti, he worked as a teacher. In 1959 he moved to Paris to escape the Duvalier dictatorship, where he studied linguistics and medicine, specializing in neurology.
In 1973 the magazine Les Lettres Nouvelles published his poem “Au pipirite chantant,” beginning his career as a poet and writer. Some of Metellus’s early poems were also published by Jean-Paul Satre in his Les Temps Modernes. Metellus’ plays include Anacoana, which was produced in Paris at the Thèâtre National de Chaillot by Antoine Vitez.
Metellus published several novels, books of poetry and plays.He dedicated his books his wife Anna-Marie. He died on January 4, 2014.