Every Boy Should Have a Man

Echoing Jonathan Swift, Preston L. Allen breaks new ground with a novel that is part allegory, part fantasy. A riveting, poignant satire of societal ills, with an added dose of fantasy, Every Boy Should Have a Man (Akashic Books, 2013) takes place in a post-human world where creatures called oafs keep humanlike “mans” as beloved pets. Preston will be signing his novel at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Avenue, in Coral Gables, on Thursday, May 2nd, 2013, from 8 PM to 10 PM. My interview with the author follows. MJ: Where did the idea for Every Boy Should Have a Man come from? PRESTON: I was in the Everglades up to my knees in…

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04.13.13 O, Miami! Trilingual Poetry Workshop at MAM

O, Miami! Alongside poets Nick Vagnoni and Yaddyra Peralta, I conducted a free ekphrastic poetry workshop on April 13 at the Miami Art Museum (MAM) located at 101 W. Flagler St., Miami, FL 33130. For more info about O, Miami, check out this Poem in Video. (You have to scroll down a bit and click the ARROW button!) Also, check out my That’s So Miami poem: “At the Gas Station”

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Judging the “Dis-Moi Dix Mots” Contest

I’m among the judges of the “Dis-Moi Dix Mots” poetry contest launched by the Cultural Departments of the Consulate General of France and the Consulate General of Haiti, in Miami, for students in the “French Heritage Language Program” and those attending partner universities in Miami. On Tuesday, the judges were invited to dinner at La Brochette Bistrot, in Pembroke Pines, by the Cultural Attaché of the Consulate General of France in Miami, Ms. Valerie Drake. I spent a delightful time with poet Maryse C. Elysee and her husband Pierre-Michel, Jeanne Proust who teaches French and Philosopgy at ISCHS, Valerie Jean-Louis (a dynamic intern at the Consulate), and the energetic Ms. Drake. Today,…

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April 13: Free Ekphrastic Poetry Workshop

O, Miami! Along with poets Nick Vagnoni (English) and Yaddyra Peralta (Spanish), I’m going to conduct a FREE ekphrastic poetry workshop (in Creole) on April 13  at the Miami Art Museum (MAM) located at 101 W. Flagler St., Miami, FL 33130. The first session is at 1pm, and the second on at 3 o’clock. Did I mention it’s free? First-come, first-serve!

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I Am Riding: A Conversation with Author M.J. Fievre

Check out my new interview on the One Moore Book blog “M.J. Fievre is a writer, editor and educator whose passion for writing can be felt in every word she pens. She has authored several novels, short stories and poems in French and English, including our trilingual title, ‘I am Riding.’ We hope you find her zest for life (and sense of humor) as intoxicating as we did.” (“A Conversation with Author M.J. Fievre,” One Moore Book Website) Related Articles: One Moore Book Brings Joy to LitWorld’s Innovation Hub in Haiti “The children and their LitClub Leaders were so excited to see books in Haitian Creole. We read aloud…

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