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Fayola Nicaisse: The Art of Beautiful

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Fayola Nicaisse is a business woman and a bit of a philanthropist. She is the creator of Ebene, a truly natural line of products made with ingredients in their purest form–no need to get a dictionary when reading the labels. Fayola puts her heart and soul into every formula. In fact, each product has a… Read More ›

all that glitters »

Rebecca Cook’s Romance

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Rebecca Cook was a Margaret Bridgman Scholar in Fiction at the 2009 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She has published poetry and prose in many literary journals, and has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Rebecca contributed to All That Glitters,  a nonfiction collection edited by Corey Ginsberg, Nicholas Garnett, and M.J. Fievre. After a VIP sale at Lip Service,… Read More ›

oh, these interesting earthlings »

Fayola Nicaisse: The Art of Beautiful

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Fayola Nicaisse is a business woman and a bit of a philanthropist. She is the creator of Ebene, a truly natural line of products made with ingredients in their purest form–no need to get a dictionary when reading the labels. Fayola puts her heart and soul into every formula. In fact, each product has a… Read More ›

5 favorite books »

Sheree L. Greer on Her 5 Favorite Books

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from Sheree L. Greer, author of Once and Future Lovers I approached this challenge – and it most certainly is a challenge to choose five books and deem them favorites – in a really haphazard sort of way. I walked around my house, scanned my bookshelves, then sat on my couch, closed my eyes, and… Read More ›

Whimsicalit »

Vague in Conversation (an excerpt), by Mahalia Solages

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(This story appeared in Fall: A Collection of Short Stories, published by Almond Press) The pockmarked walls that enclosed the mass of faded women was no place for someone like me. The bell rang. I trudged out of the Haitian prison with the other inmates for the hour-long airing allowed in the guarded courtyard, the… Read More ›

hot lit »

46 People who made you care about Poetry in 2013

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Check these out: 23 People Who Will Make You Care About Poetry in 2013 By Jason Diamond Inspired by Patricia Lockwood’s poem “Rape Joke,” Jason Diamond produced for Flavorwire the list “23 People who will make you care about poetry in 2013,” a list of poets that he believes dispels the notion that “poetry is… Read More ›

groovy art »

When I Can’t See the Sun: Jean-Michel Daudier’s Soundtrack to Haiti’s Democratic Moment

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By guest blogger Kevin F. Mason At 3:45 a.m. in the morning on February 7, 1986, Haitian dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier boarded a U.S. chartered plane to take him into exile in France.  In response to the news, the joyous Haitian people took the streets to sing the chorus of Jean-Michel Daudier’s “Lè m’… Read More ›

in the kitchen »

MJ’s Legim ak Sirik: A Haitian Recipe

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Crabs and vegetables… This is one of my husband’s favorite dishes. I don’t often play house but sometimes, hey, I’ll put on a cute bib and cook with my high heels on. You will need: 6 Chayote Squash, peeled, cored, and chopped Eggplants, peeled and chopped 1 Bunch of Watercress, chopped 2 Large Carrots, peeled… Read More ›

photos & events »

Vona/Voices and Dismantle Launch Party at AWP

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Dismantle: An Anthology of Writing from the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop “VONA has been an astonishingly rich source of great talent and brilliant work. This anthology bursts from that deep well. It is essential work from important writers.” –Luis Alberto Urrea, author of Into the Beautiful North, The Devil’s Highway, The Hummingbird’s Daughter and other books. The first… Read More ›

articles & interviews »

Why Noir, Why Now?

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Recently, two of Haiti Noir’s authors, M.J. Fievre and Marie Ketsia Theodore-Pharel, authors of The Rainbow’s End and Mercy at the Gate, respectively, sat down to discuss Haiti Noir and the idea of locating the noir series in the Caribbean. As writers in the Haitian diaspora, they reflected on the responsibility of representing the homeland from… Read More ›

mj's new publications »

Only in Miami

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The Center for Literature and Theater @ Miami Dade College has published my Miami Story. It’s a poem entitled “Only in Miami.” These Miami Stories are being collected by The Center for Literature and Theatre as part of The Big Read 2014. To learn more, and to submit your own story, visit the Big Read site.

audio and video »

UM Libraries: Interview With Michèle Jessica Fièvre

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From the University of Miami Special Collection: “Interview with Michèle Jessica Fièvre, a writer who grew up in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and relocated to South Florida in 2002. She wrote her first novel as a teenager, and has since published several novels and children’s books in French. Her writing has also been published in a variety… Read More ›

workshops »

FIU Writers Conference 2013

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A note from Les Standiford, Director of the Creative Program at Florida International University [The] most illustrious lineup ever has been finalized for the 2013 FIU Writers’ Conference at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, October 24-25. Dennis Lehane, author of Mystic River, Gone, Baby, Gone, The Given Day, and many more, will be with… Read More ›

So Spoke the Earth »

The Haiti I Know: So Spoke the Earth at the 2014 AWP Conference

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2014 AWP Conference Room 606, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6 Friday, February 28, 2014 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm A trilingual reading from So Spoke the Earth, a collection of prose and poetry about pre- and post-earthquake Haiti and published by the Women Writers of Haitian Descent. Authors will share first and third-person accounts and… Read More ›

random »

Writing Haiti: Myth, Culture, and Creativity

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On April 9, if you happen to be in Vermont, don’t miss a lecture by Haitian writer Jessica (M.J.) Fievre. “Writing Haiti: Myth, Culture, and Creativity” will be held at 7 p.m. in the St. Edmund’s Hall Farrell Room (#315) at Saint Michael College. Born in Port-au-Prince, Fievre is the author of several mystery novels and… Read More ›

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