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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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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…

Haiti, by Zoriah

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…

It's no exaggeration to say our audience really likes us.

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…

Submit! Submit!

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…

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Tomorrow: Plays on Verse

Tomorrow night, “Plays on Verse,” a partnership between O, Miami and MicroTheater Miami, will continue. 6 ORIGINAL PLAYS (including MJ’s To Accept, Dial 5 Now) 6 UNSCRIPTED PLAYS 15 MINUTES EACH 6 SHOWINGS PER NIGHT 15 AUDIENCE MEMBERS 7 SHIPPING CONTAINERS In Spanish AND English It’s the new and revolutionary way to experience theater: You choose how many plays you…

The Writer, by Edward Langley

O, hi there!

For this year’s O, Miami Poetry Festival, Reading Queer is presenting “O, Hi There”, a free-form poetry reading that takes the cruising experience as its point of departure. RQ begins by cruising local poets whose work they love and lust after by asking them to record one or two of their own poems, lyrical short…

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Acoustic Bicycle Tour: Peddling Poets Bike Ride

From April 7-12, 2015, MDC Live Arts presents musician Taylor Ho Bynum in a week-long, in-depth community residency in Miami implementing the philosophies of his Acoustic Bicycle Tour project in an urban setting. In the fall of 2014, Taylor completed an unusual and ambitious project: The Acoustic Bicycle Tour (West Coast), a 5-week, 2000-mile performance…

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Jovon Jacobs: To Accept, Dial 5 Now

Thanks to O, Miami, you get to see To Accept, Dial 5 Now, written by M.J. Fievre and directed by Gladys Ramirez. Every Thursday in April, MicroTheather Miami will present the one-act play from 8 pm to 11 pm (6 functions a day) in the courtyard inside the Spanish Cultural Center located at 1490 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132. In…

1st rehearsal, under the expert direction of Gladys Ramirez (sitting on the right)

M.J. Fievre presents a play at O, Miami Theater

Every Thursday, for the entire month of April, MicroTheater Miami will present a play by M.J. Fievre, in the courtyard inside the Spanish Cultural Center located at 1490 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, Fl. 33132. So join O, Miami for the launch of a special month of MicroTheater Miami! You get to see M.J. Fievre’s “To Accept, Dial 5…

Miami @ Sylvia Kuske

Miami, mars s’en va! (A recap)

A few years ago, Natalia Maldonado pointed out on The Writer’s Digest, “It’s hard to believe that [Miami], a city associated with oily bronze bodies, million-dollar yachts and a sleepless club scene would have any place for bookworms and writers.” Later, Poets and Writers described Miami as “a city in the throes of cultural enlightenment.” I…

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19 Women Honored for their contribution to Haitian Culture

On Wednesday, March 25th, 2015, the Consulate General of the Republic of Haiti in Miami hosted its 3rd Annual International Women’s Month Ceremony. This year, the Consulate honored 19 women who contributed to the Haitian Culture in South Florida. They were recognized as “Beacons of Hope and Achievement.” “Each one of the award winners make significant contributions in their…

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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,…

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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…