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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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Radio talk, Ms. May, and Hiatus

On The Whimsical Project, May was all about art, literature, and Haiti. I hope that you enjoyed the stories and poems by Katia D. Ulysse, Tammy L. Tillotson, Patricia Biela, and France-Luce Benson, and that you were also delighted by the art of Pascale Doxy. Ms.May, where have you gone? I was going to say,…

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France-Luce Benson: Risen from the Dough

WGA Reg. # 1496852 In Risen From the Dough, two Haitian-American women in a bakery kitchen prepare for the impending arrival of the health inspector while they grapple with grief, identity, and the complicated realities of immigrant life. See it live in Miami, as part of Summer Shorts! Thursday, June 4 – Sunday, June 28 at…

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Patricia Biela: Mamie’s Hands

Grand-mère, je vois tes mains. Your hands coddle infants nourish your children. Mamie, je vois tes mains. Your hands interlock God. Rosary beads hang. Grand-mère, je vois tes mains. Your hands plant mango and bananane. Mamie, je vois tes mains. Your hands teach poise, strength. My hands wait for yours.   Virginia, April 25, 2011…

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Tammy L. Tillotson: The Picture of Haiti

In the background, a girl wears a sunny yellow t-shirt with a sailboat inside a heart. I want to ask if she got the shirt at one of Virginia’s Annual Lake Festivals. Does she remember— The colorful tents up and down Main Street? The wonderful aromas of plentiful food? The frozen drinks in souvenir coconuts?…

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Pascale Doxy: Art as Therapy

Pascale Doxy is a native of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Her passion for drawing started when she was a toddler.  She was introduced to water color at the age of twelve. At seventeen, dissatisfied with the light tones of water color, Doxy changed her preferred medium to acrylic. When Doxy turned nineteen, her parents signed her up…

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Tragedians, by Katia D. Ulysse

Poverty is like an engagement ring: expensive but obligatory. Necessary. The world would be bleak without it. Poverty gives birth to thriving institutions that are immune to failure. Poverty is a lottery with the largest payout in history. Poverty is exotic. Poverty, like clean water, is indispensable. The engineers of this flourishing institution will kill…

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Lip Service is back for a night of POWER! 

Lip Service is back for a night of POWER! You know the crazy power trip someone goes on when they get a fancy uniform? Or the power of society to make us do things in the name of beauty? Come hear these stories. Plus the disempowerment of an arranged marriage; the power of a reluctant…

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Au revoir, April! (The month in review)

Poetry month has gone! April was particularly special to me because my play, To Accept, Dial 5 Now, was presented every Thursday at the MicroTheater Miami. To Accept, Dial 5 Now, which got positively reviewed, is a story about violence, jealousy and control, the choices we make, and the limits of love. Last performance is tonight!…

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This Thursday: “One of the best MicroPlays I have seen!”

To Accept, Dial 5 Now is “one of the best MicroPlays I have seen!,” writes director and writer Ika Santamaria, known for Equal Strength (2011), Flea Market Finish Line (2012) and Barranquilleros, Herederos de una Tradición (2008). “Amazing actors,” confirmed writer Maureen Donnelly. “Totally awesome,” said Gabriela Gonzalez. This Thursday, it’s your last chance to see the…

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Birds Sing the Coda: O, Haikus!

I love the haiku! On Sunday, April 12, starting at Soundscape Park, musician Taylor Hu Bynum led a group of free-wheeling Peddling Poets who presented site-specific poetry and music on a 16-mile loop, routing through downtown Miami and Miami Beach area. When my turn came to read poetry, I meant to read some of my “Bayfront…

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Natalie Lux: Oh, my… Empanadas!

As a person with Colombian roots, I consider food very important. There are a variety of delicious foods in this Hispanic culture— ranging from arepas to bandeja paisa. Nonetheless, my absolute favorite food would have to be empanadas. Empanadas are an extremely popular food often sold outside of churches or in the streets of Colombia.…

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MJ writes a ZIP Ode

Throughout April, WLRN and O, Miami asked locals to write odes to their ZIP codes. A ZIP Ode is five lines, with the number of words in each line determined by the poet’s particular ZIP code. If a ZIP code contained a zero, that line could be left blank or used to put a punctuation…

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Dial 5 NOW (because the reviews are in!)

To Accept, Dial 5 Now. In this eavesdropping snippet of a jailhouse call, Silas gages the status of his relationship with his girlfriend Jackie. To Accept, Dial 5 Now (written by M.J. Fievre and directed by Gladys Ramirez) is a story about violence, jealousy and control, the choices we make, and the limits of love. Actors include…

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Jeremy Paden: On this Fault, Let Us Write a Poem

Here is a stand, let us sit for a night or two or three in silence before we speak. I wish it were a copse of blue-flowering lignum, shedding petals that float like butterflies, or the ceibas under whose canopies Anacaona and Guacanagarix held court, or the guayaba and guanábana that fed Guarocuya’s rebels, even…

Actors include Chasity Hart as "Jackie" (left), Jovon SingaBoy Jacobs as "Silas" (top right), and Laura Pons as "Recording" (bottom right).

This Thursday, Dial 5 at the Centro Cultural Español

“Oh, oh, O, Miami! I had a wonderful experience at Centro Cultural Español,” writes author Mahalia Solages. “Picture an open courtyard with little white lights swagging over lounge seating. A simple bar selling empanadas, pizza and beer from Spain, Estrella Galicia, while offering free sangria to those attending. Across from the lounge areas: a lineup…

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Lip Service: True Stories Out Loud

Tickets are on sale NOW for Lip Service: True Stories Out Loud Join us for a night of POWER co-produced by Aqua Foundation for Women Saturday, May 9, 8 p.m. Tix are $15 general, $30 preferred. Click here for tix: http://instnt.us/5Dse9 Miracle Theater – 280 Miracle Mile Coral Gables, FL 33134

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“I Am Riding!” is on OMB Storytime!

Writer M.J.Fievre and illustrator Jean Patrick Icart-Pierre teamed up for a fun-filled trilingual (English, French, Kreyol) story about a girl’s first time riding a bike.”I Am Riding!” is a One Moore Book publication. One of OMB’s goals this year is to make Storytime videos for all of their books. One Moore Book Storytime is a project…

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Peddling Poets Bike Ride around Miami

On Sunday, April 12, starting at Soundscape Park, musician Taylor Ho Bynum led a group of free-wheeling Peddling Poets who presented site-specific poetry and music on a 16-mile loop, routing through downtown Miami and Miami Beach area, with stops at Miami Circle, The Standard & more. The ride culminated with a 6:15 performance at O,…

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“Sinkhole” has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize!

I learned last month, from editor Ryan Rivas, that someone from the distinguished Pushcart Board of Contributing Editors nominated my story, “Sinkhole,” from 15 Views of Miami for the Pushcart Prize. A final decision should be made in early May. Edited by Jaquira Diaz and published by Burrow Press, 15 Views of Miami is a…

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Hey, are you done writing that story?

‪#‎TBT‬ that time Dan Jones from The New York Times – Modern Love was on our stage, at Lip Service. Now accepting story submissions for our May 9 show. Deadline is April 17. Give us your best, true, personal story about POWER. A time you felt powerful. A time you felt powerless. A time power…