Johanna Schouten-Elsenhout

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Johanna Schouten-Elsenhout
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Born 19 July, 1910
Died 23 July, 1992

Johanna Schouten-Elsenhout (19 July 1910 – 23 July 1992) was a Suriname poet.


Schouten-Elsenhout was born in Paramaribo in 1910. She is known for poetry which is written without verses. The poems are written in Sranan Tongo and it contains no punctuation. These love poems include lesbian love which is not taboo in the creole culture.[1] It is said that she had been composing and writing down proverbial phrases for a long time before she and others recognised that she was composing poetry. She has been called the Grandma Moses of Sranan.[2]

In 1987 she was awarded the Knight of the Order of the Yellow Star.


  1. ^ Cudjoe, edited by Selwyn R. (1990). Caribbean women writers : essays from the first international conference (1. publ. ed.). Wellesley, Mass.: Calaloux Publications. p. 364. ISBN 0870237322. 
  2. ^ Arnold, ed. by A. James (1997). A history of literature in the Caribbean. Amsterdam: Benjamins. ISBN 9027234442.