The Rainbow’s End: Mention on Kreyolicious

From Kreyolicious Magazine: M.J. Fièvre’s “The Rainbow’s End” recounts an episode in the life of a precocious teenager during the embargo-imposed 1990s and the older, reckless man of ill-gotten gains that she falls in lust with, while in Nadine Pinède’s “Departure Lounge”, a young Haitian expat in Cap Haitian, who has auditory comprehension of Kreyol, as she calls it, but full-blown comprehension of her culture she lacks not, collaborates with a Martha Stewart-esque mogul and cringes at her employer bringing a copy of Zora Neale Hurston’s book Tell My Horse, as her guide to Haiti. Haiti Noir is like an all you can eat spot, that makes you yearn to eat…

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Holguinism: the hunt for the perfect image

There’s a very good reason behind Colombian photographer Ivan Lopez’s decision to use Holguinism as a fictional artist name. Located in Valle de Cauca, Holguin is a pueblowith no stop lights, two cantinas, one church and one brothel; this town is the birthplace of the artist—and that of many generations before him. Holguinism defines life as living art, the world a blank canvas. “If we break the routine of our everyday lives,” he says, “this world is truly a working canvas and we deserve to paint our own masterpieces.” His passion for photography started in childhood, when he discovered an utter joy documenting his surroundings with a camera.…

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Stephanie Rodriguez: Expressive and Whimsical

Even as a child, Stephanie Rodriguez considered herself an artist, drawing her favorite characters from stories such as The Phantom of the Opera, Great Expectations and Wuthering Heights. Later, while attending La Guardia Arts in New York City, she officially embraced illustration and focused on developing a unique style, creating expressive and whimsical art via the juxtaposition of classical photorealistic drawings or paintings. Stephanie, a graduate from the Fashion Institute of Technology, is inspired not only by classic literature (she cited Edgar Allan Poe and Oscar Wilde as favorites) and classic illustrators (including Howard Pyle and Arthur Rackham) but also by music—from classics such as Ludwig van Beethoven…

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Beached Miami: Haiti’s Dark Side

Haiti’s Dark Side (2010) A maggot-infested “half-dead man” and a toxic trash heap — “a gash in the earth that eats up everything” — both figure in Haiti Noir, the lastest collection of short stories in the Akashic Books Noir series. The collection was edited by Haitian-born writer, off-and-on Miami local, and McArthur Genius Award recipient Edwidge Danticat, who appeared with fellow contributors on Sunday at the Miami Book Fair […] Click here to read the entire article on Beached Miami.

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Interview with Becca Griesemer

Becca Griesemer is a Staff Writer for The Beacon Sunday, November 21, 2010 at the Miami Book Fair International Michele Jessica “M.J.” Fievre, 29, is a Haitian-born published author.  She is currently in FIU’s creative writing graduate program working on her memoir, which will double as her thesis. BECCA: From what I’ve read, I know that your inspiration comes mostly from your childhood in Port-au-Prince. If you’d grown up in a less complex place—I’ve never been to Haiti but from what I read and what you write, it sounds like a very beautiful and dynamic place—do you think it’d change the way you write today? M.J.: It probably…

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Haiti Noir at the Miami International Book Fair

Haiti is an island nation in which the noir genre may feel more like realism. Still, the writers on the panel — Danticat, Mark Kurlansky, M.J. Fievre, and Marie K. Theodore-Pharel — inspired with their ability to craft literature out of Haiti’s darkness and still smile and laugh and galvanize. “The light … is that we have brilliant people writing right now,” Danticat said. Jordan Meinick, Beached Miami

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Local Authors Get their Lit On

See the slideshow on nbcmiami.com: Miami Book Fair: Local Authors Get their Lit On (2010) M.J. Fievre: teacher, creative writing grad student, contributor to “Haiti Noir.” Catch her: Sunday, noon. Pavilion A. Her work, past and future: When I was in Haiti, I wrote children’s mystery books in French. “Le Fantôme de Lisbeth” is the story of a young struggling ballerina. One night while struggling with her work she meets the ghost of a famous Haitian ballerina, who helps her. [Now,] unless I’m writing fiction, I write whatever is on my mind. My next project is my memoir that tells the story of what growing up in Haiti is really like.

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University alumna, professors will contribute to Miami Book Fair International

Although confirmed authors for the Miami Book Fair International include household names such as former president George Bush, tennis player Venus Williams, singer songwriter Patti Smith, and even a live broadcast of a Jay-Z telecast, some University affiliates can proudly drop their own names […] Read entire article here: University alumna, professors will contribute to Miami Book Fair International (2010) Michele Jessica Fievre, 29, a graduate student of the University’s Creative Writing Program, spoke at the fair seven years ago with “jitters,” a trembling voice and unsteady legs. Fievre will return this year to speak about her story “The Rainbow’s End” in the anthology “Haiti Noir,” though, according to her,…

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