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Welcome to the Whimsical Project

Welcome to the Whimsical Project, the art and literary blog of expat writer Michèle-Jessica (M.J.) Fièvre.  M.J. writes from Miami (Florida), Port-au-Prince (Haiti), and Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Bolivia). “Your blog is a mitzvah. Thanks for inviting me to play.” Matthew Sharpe, author of The Sleeping Father. Here’s to help you navigate through the different categories in this…

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Suze Baron: Take Vladimir, He’s Good Company

It is biting cold in front of the Family Court.

 A year ago, if you had told me that I would be standing here today, about to petition guardianship for a seven-year old, I would have said, “You’re nuts.” Life is difficult as it is, with my eighty-nine-year-old Mama twenty-four hours a day, seven days…

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Stories for a Healthier World: You’ve Got This!

Edwidge Danticat, who has been honored with the MacArthur Genius Award and other awards for her writing and work on behalf of Haiti, once said, “We tell stories to live, to connect with one another and to build community.” In Haiti, storytelling is a vital educational tool. In the 1990’s, when I was growing up in Port-au-Prince,…

Miami Book Fair International

M.J. Fievre to receive “Beacon of Hope and Achievement Award”

On behalf of the Consulate General of the Republic of Haiti in Miami, Consul Guy François Jr. wrote me a letter to let me know that I have been chosen as one of the Honorees for this year’s “Beacon of Hope and Achievement Award.” I will be recognized on Wednesday March 25th, at the 2015 International Women’s Month Ceremony, in…

Oh, no! Papucho! Why? why????

Single. Taken.

(A story by Tatiana Garcia) You might roll your eyes when people say they’re happy just because they’re in a relationship. Many are liars, but not me: I really don’t miss being single. Before Justin “got” me, I was a mess. I showered only when I could take in my own odor (after all, since…

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Miami Beach: Boot Camp for Queer Writers with Jan Becker

On March 28th and 29th, join writer Jan Becker‘s bootcamp for queer writers, an intensive prompt-driven poetry and flash non-fiction workshop. (The term boot camp may sound intimidating, but the only real order is, “permission to write freely.”) This two-day workshop is designed to free writers from their individual closets and get their words down on the page.…

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South Florida, what’s your story? (We want you to send it to us!)

Back in November, in honor of its eight-year-anniversary, Lip Service launched Badass, Lip Service: True Stories, the Double Album (Lominy Books, 2014) edited by Andrea Askowitz.  This anthology is acollection of some of the best of Lip Service’s first eight years. Lip Service is a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation award-winning organization and a Miami institution. Badass recentry got…

John Dufresne

How to Write a Novel in Six Months: A Workshop in Miami

From Gulf Stream Magazine: Do you have a great story to tell and need to get it on the page as soon as possible? Have you already started writing a novel and can’t see it through to the end? If so, award-winning author John Dufresne has the method that will take you from the first…

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Adieu, February! (A recap)

Adieu, February! Together, we paid A Tribute to Maya Angelou and Ruby Dee, “not because they are gone but because their work and words will live on forever.” (Suze Guillaume) Fans of both flash fiction and the noir genre welcomed A Father First, a gripping tale by Hector Duarte Jr. An Angel on the Other…

Sad, by Urban Stil

An Angel on the Other Side of the Border, by Marylin Laurent

When we met in Caribbean Literature 101, he was the first to smile at me. “Hola, mama!” he said, his eyes searching my face. Then he introduced himself—Angel. As he waved a hand, I replied as politely as I could, yet my tone was annoyed and dry. “I don’t speak Spanish.” Waiting for the teacher, Prof.…

Suze Guillaume

A Tribute to Maya Angelou and Ruby Dee, by Suze Guillaume

Opening words at the Tribute to Maya Angelou and Ruby Dee on February 11, 2015, @ Miami Dade College (North Campus) Today I am honored to pay my respect to two phenomenal women. Today we celebrate the lives of Maya and Ruby, not because they are gone but because their work and words will live on forever. Maya…

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Katia D. Ulysse reads “Take a Picture”

Listen to Katia D. Ulysse read her story “Take a Picture.” Katia D. Ulysse was born in Haiti, and moved to the United States as a teen. Her writings have been published in numerous literary journals, including the Caribbean Writer, Meridians, Calabash,Peregrine, and Smartish Pace, among others. Her work has also appeared inThe Butterfly’s Way and Haiti…

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Chocolate Temptation

Chocolate brownies are popular around the world. They originated in the U.S and, even though there is no exact date for their creation, the recipe was first printed in 1906. Since then, a number of variations have been made, and now you can find more than 100,000 kinds on the internet. This moist and delicious…

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One Moore Book, member of the Children’s Book Council

I’m proud of my publisher! One Moore Book happily announced today that they’re the newest member of the Children’s Book Council, a nonprofit trade association of children’s book publishers dedicated to supporting and informing the industry. This membership increases opportunities for OMB as a diversity publisher, giving access to industry advocacy, national reading lists, industry partnerships and…

Logan Thyr, Little Killer Girl

A Father First, by Hector Duarte Jr.

The restraining order only mentions her name, nothing of the twins. What better afternoon to show up and surprise them with their favorite birthday lunch? Peanut butter and banana sandwiches. Michelle likes hers as is: white bread, lots of peanut butter. Nichelle’s always been pickier: wheat bread with just a slather of spread and three…

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This weekend, I am riding!

“Frederick Douglass taught that literacy is the path from slavery to freedom. There are many kinds of slavery and many kinds of freedom, but reading is still the path.” ―Carl Sagan My children’s book, I AM RIDING! (grades 3-4), is available on Amazon from One Moore Book. I teamed up with illustrator Jean Patrick Icart-Pierre for…

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MJ is breaking the Internet…

Ah! Not in a Kim Kardashian way. Although some people really love this picture of me in a bathtub: What I mean to say is that you can catch videos of me reading in different places around the net: Check me out reading from Haiti Noir alongside Edwidge Danticat and Marie-Ketsia Theodore-Pharel, back in January. I…

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Eating with Our Eyes

When it comes to food blogs, topics range from amateur cooking and specialty foods, to culinary photography. Many blogs emphasize heritage and tradition, techniques for home cooking, and traveling, evoking flavors from around the world. They celebrate the cultures and environments in which the dishes were created, along with the people who continue to create…

After the reading

BADASS storytellers visit Books & Books in Coral Gables

I read from the BADASS last night at Books & Books (265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables), celebrating the eighth anniversary of Lip Service. Lip Service is a quarterly event that features eight stories, by eight writers, that are only eight minutes long. Books & Books launched the collection of the best stories from the event’s first eight…

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Dan Wakefield talks about Anthony Gagliano

One of my favorite people in the world: Dan Wakefield. Dan, who introduced me to the world of nonfiction at Florida International University, is a novelist, journalist and screenwriter whose best-selling memoir “New York in the Fifties” was produced as a documentary film. He spoke tonight in Miami at The Betsy Hotel on South Beach. Dan…