Lewis Prisco’s Fried Eggplants Recipe

I love Fridays at work. In my hurry to get to the lunch room, I’m bumping into people, crashing into them – in hallways, in the enclosed walkways between buildings named after planets – ready to scatter their books, step on their heels, violating unspoken rules governing space and traffic everyone but me understands and observes. I am ready to eat until I feel sick. Until my belly bloats, joyful with too-much. The world looks better when your belly is full – brighter and more hopeful, so every Friday, the “Neptune Lunch Bunch” holds a pot luck. Oh, Lewis Prisco’s fried eggplants! I know I’m beaming over the plate.…

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Visual Artist Makeda Enlightens the Nature Within

In the Amharic language of Ethiopia, MAKEDA means beauty. MAKEDA is also the name professional dancer and visual artist Christina Clodomir has chosen for herself, as she dances to the rhythm of the universe and paints it in mind-blowing colors.  With her acrylic on canvas, she wants to “open one’s mind to the universal consciousness” by prompting the viewer to travel within. According to Makeda, Art brings freedom; it enlightens the Nature within. An Interior Design major, Makeda started painting seven years ago, after the birth of her son. Growing up in Haiti, she was surrounded by quality Haitian Art—paintings by Sejourné, Florestal, Brezil, Bonhomme, Jean Adrien Seide,…

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John Bond’s Essential Library for Writers

by guest blogger John Bond I’m a writer. Sometimes. I learned from John Dufresne that everybody wants to have written. What distinguishes the wannabes from writers is that writers write. Every f[…] day… So, I’m a writer. Except when I’m not. And when I’m not, I have failed. Of all the things I have ever learned about writing, Dufresne’s advice is the most important: “You wanna be a writer? Strap your ass in the chair and just write. Today. Tomorrow. Every day until you die…” Thank you, John, for that, and for so much more… And I have, from time to time, taught writing on various levels, including…

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Writing after Baby Comes Along

The idea of having babies terrifies me. I’d be a good mother, no doubt about it. When I’m on a mission, well—I’m on it! And if life were to entrust me with children, they’d grow up to be pretty decent.  No, scratch that. For sure, they’d be best thing since sliced bread! Eventually, I do want children. But I’ll be honest here: I’m not thrilled at the idea of having to give up on writing. How do parents manage their writing life? Particularly mothers, with their “Velcro babies constantly clinging to their boobs?” (A mother’s words, by the way—not mine.) I decided to chat with five South Florida…

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Raising Gabi: the Life of a Modeling Teen

The creator of Ebene Naturals, Fayola Nicaisse is a business woman and a bit of a philanthropist. She is also the mother of Gabi, 15, who models for companies such as Macy’s and H&M. What does it take to be a teen in the modeling world? In this interview, Fayola (single mother of two!) talks openly about raising Gabi. MJ: You had a successful career as a supermodel. Tell us about it. F: I would not say that I was a Supermodel.  I did model.  I worked with some of the top photographers of that time who are still up there, such as Bruce Webber and Ellen Von Unwreth. …

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Shout-out from Edwidge Danticat

There was a generous mention of me in Edwidge Danticat’s NY Times Book Review interview this month. It read: “Someone who writes extremely well both in French and English is Jessica Fièvre, who published her first novel in Haiti when she was 16 and has since written six more. She now lives in South Florida and has just completed a memoir in English.” I was truly touched by Danticat’s kind words.    

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Joseph Lapin on His 5 Favorite Books

Joseph A. Lapin is a journalist, author, and poet living in Los Angeles, California. He is a contributing writer at the LA Weekly, and his work has appeared in Salon, The Rattling Wall, Pacific Standard, OC Weekly, Sliver of Stone Magazine, The Village Voice, The Middle Gray, and Literary Orphans. He blogs at josephalapin.com, and his twitter handle is @josephalapin. Originally, he’s from Clinton, Massachusetts. Joe is the host of The Working Poet, “dedicated to bringing to the ‘pixelated’ air waves poets who deserve to be heard. [The radio show] explore everything under the sun: sports, literature, politics, music, social media, and, of course, the intersection of poetry and work.” Joe tells us about his 5 favorite books: While books…

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Nonfiction Workshop with MJ

Writers looking to fine-tune their skills with the help some of Miami’s best writers can take advantage of a series of workshops The Center for Literature and Theater @ Miami Dade College  is presenting starting September. The topics covered include everything from flash nonfiction to writing a novel “the TV way.” The featured writing teachers are David Beaty, whose short story “Ghosts” was included in The Best American Mystery Stories, 2000; M.J. Fievre (that’s me! that’s me!) , whose short stories in English have appeared in Haiti Noir (Akashic Books, 2011) and The Beautiful Anthology (TNB, 2012);  Anjanette Delgado, whose first novel The Heartbreak Pill won Best Romance in English…

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MJ included in the Digital Library of the Caribbean

Check out Florida International University’s Digital Library of the Caribbean for the recording of a reading by M.J. Fievre. The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) is a cooperative digital library for resources from and about the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean. dLOC provides access to digitized versions of Caribbean cultural, historical and research materials currently held in archives, libraries, and private collections. Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/AA00013499/00001 Material Information Title: M.J. Fievre Added title page title: Michèle-Jessica (M.J.) Fievre Physical Description: Audio Language: English French Haitian Creole Creator: Picard, Liesl Fievre, M.J. ( Editor ) Publisher: Latin American and Caribbean Center at Florida International University Women Writers of Haitian Descent, Inc.…

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It’s Not Just Love and Paris, It’s Patricia Engel

Following is an interview with Patricia Engel, author of Vida and It’s Not Love, It’s Just Paris, forthcoming from Grove Press in August 2013. Patricia will be reading on August 6 at Books & Books, in Coral Gables, at  8 pm.  She will also be reading the next day for the Florida Center for the Book at the Broward County Main Library at 2pm. Q&A with Patricia Engel MJ: The publishing world is changing rapidly, they say. It’s Not Love, It’s Just Paris is forthcoming from Grove Press this August. Based on your personal experience, what do you think has changed in the industry since you published Vida in…

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Claire Van Goodman: Beyond Expectations

It was about 10 years ago that Claire Judine Saintil-van Goodman started van Goodman Photography & Art (“vanP&A”) and became a professional photographer, but for as long as she can remember, this New York resident with Haitian roots had a penchant for the arts. The camera—at first point-and-shoot or disposable—was always her faithful companion. “It was always about not losing that moment,” says Claire. “You go back to […] old pictures and realize where you have been.”  After becoming a wife and mother, Claire decided to tap into unexplored potentials. She attended photography classes and felt exhilarated by the endless possibilities offered by the pairing up of a camera…

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Artist Jean-Michel Daudier

Updated on 10/14/13 Legendary singer and songwriter Jean-Michel Daudier became famous in Haiti after writing a protest song titled, “Lè m’ pa wè Solèy La” (See Youtube video). The song first aired on Radio Soleil, a Catholic radio station engaged in a fight against the dictatorial regime of Baby Doc Duvalier. “At that time it was the right thing to do,” said Jean-Michel. “I would like to do even more with my music to help my country.” Jean-Michel discovered his passion for music at the age of fifteen but started really taking it seriously after he turned eighteen. He taught himself how to play the guitar and later…

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