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Vague in Conversation (an excerpt), by Mahalia Solages (0)

April 16, 2014 • Whimsicalit

(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 ›

all that glitters »

“All That Glitters” at the Tucson Festival of Books (0)

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On March 15-16, “All That Glitters” went to the Tucson Festival of Books! The anthology was available for sale at the Author Pavilion, at the booth of contributor Tabitha Blankenbiller. Tabitha is an essayist and graduate of the Pacific University MFA program whose work has appeared in journals including Barrelhouse, Hobart, and Brevity. She is… Read More ›

oh, these interesting earthlings »

Betsy Blankenbaker: Artist & Humanitarian (1)

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Betsy Blankenbaker directed and produced several documentaries, including New York in the Fifties (2000) based on the best-selling book by Dan Wakefield. “I started making films as an eight year old with my father’s 8mm camera,” she says.  “I didn’t have the opportunity to go to film school so my first documentary New York in the… Read More ›

5 favorite books »

Sheree L. Greer on Her 5 Favorite Books (2)

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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 (0)

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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 (0)

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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 (1)

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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 (0)

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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 (0)

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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 »

I’m on buzzfeed! (0)

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Buzzfeed asked 19 female writers at the annual AWP conference what they are tired of being told. Their answers gave birth to “19 Things Women Writers Are Sick Of Hearing.” http://www.buzzfeed.com/saeedjones/things-women-writers-are-sick-of-hearing Scroll down! I’m #5.

mj's new publications »

Dark Days in Port-au-Prince (1)

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To celebrate the release of Haiti Noir 2: The Classics, edited by Edwidge Danticat, Akashic Books asked contributors from both of their Haiti Noir volumes to participate in an exquisite corpse style story—a serial story in which each participant builds off of what the previous participants have written—to create an original piece of fiction with a… Read More ›

audio and video »

Recorded Event: Haiti Noir (0)

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Check out the recorded event, Haiti Noir: The Classics, featuring Edwidge Danticat, Marie Ketsia Theodore-Pharel, and M.J. Fievre. M.J. contributed to the original best-selling Haiti Noir (Akashic Books, 2011), which comprised all new stories by today’s best Haitian authors. The new volume (Haiti Noir II: The Classics) collects the true classics of Haitian literature—both short stories and… Read More ›

workshops »

FIU Writers Conference 2013 (1)

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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 (0)

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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 (0)

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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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