Poet Barbara Ellen Sorensen

Barbara Ellen Sorensen is former senior editor for Winds of Change magazine, the flagship publication of the American Indian Science & Engineering Society. She now freelances for The Tribal College Journal and the National Indian Child Welfare Association. Barbara is the author of the chapbook, Song from the Deep Middle Brainwhich was a 2011 Colorado Book Award finalist. She was nominated for a 2012 Pushcart Prize for her memoir piece, “Ghost Flower & Wind” (Drunken Boat, spring 2012), and an interview with her can be found in the archived edition of Fringe Magazine (spring 2012). A memoir piece about her participation in Haiti relief work can be found in the anthology, So Spoke the Earth. Her graduate degree in creative writing is from Regis University in…

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Sarah Pearsall’s Yummy Turkey Stock

Just in time for Thanksgiving! Here’s Sarah Pearsall’s delicious recipe for Turkey Stock. Sarah’s foodie Facebook site, “The Florida Foodie” offers links food-themed blogs and restaurant reviews from the South Florida food scene. What you’ll need: Turkey wings, celery, carrots, yellow onions, garlic (peeled & whole), peppercorns, thyme, rosemary, parsley, sage, and chicken stock in carton What you’ll do: 1.) Roast turkey wings in oven at 400 degrees till deep brown and some bones become exposed. Maybe an hour or more? Don’t sweat this step too much, as you just want the deep golden brown skin, the pan drippings and the bones to start to be exposed. The bones are what we…

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Miami Book Fair International: All That Glitters

“All That Glitters panel with M.J. Fievre, Jan Becker, Nicholas Garnett, Andrea Askowitz, Evelina Galang, Fabienne Josaphat: You can find gold in all that glitters and all that does not. And that panel was full of some of South Florida’s best non-fiction. Such fresh, stunning and powerful work!” —Jennifer M. McCauley, Florida Book Review “Garnett read parts of his story, All That Glitters, about a former boss, Mr. Dennis. Garnett teasingly stopped reading when Mr. Dennis’s life is in jeopardy at the hands—arm, in this case—of another, who is crushing Mr. Dennis’s throat. The cliffhanger sent me downstairs to get my own copy of All That Glitters and get it signed.”…

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Mahalia’s Kale Chips

Another delicious recipe from Mahalia’s kitchen. Want something both yummy and healthy? What about kale chips? Kale or borecole is a vegetable with green or purple leaves, in which the central leaves do not form a head. It is considered to be closer to wild cabbage than most domesticated forms. So, whatcha need? A bunch of kale 2 tablespoons of Olive oil Sprinkle of sea salt Rinse Kale and rip into 2 inch pieces, removing spine. Dry completely between paper towels. Place in a bowl and toss with oil. Lay in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or so. Keep…

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Miami Book Fair International: Haiti Noir, the Classics

Jan Becker, on The Florida Book Review: Sunday, Nov. 24, 1:05 PM I stopped at the Akashic Books booth to see MJ Fievre who was signing their anthology Haiti Noir. That’s when I spied Edwidge Danticat, in the back of the booth, checking her phone. “Oh my God, MJ,” I squealed, “that’s Edwidge Danticat!” “Would you like me to take her picture with you?” MJ asked me. I don’t think I answered audibly, just nodded emphatically. Danticat is a gracious person. She posed for the photo with me, and listened to me babble at her about my enthusiasm for her non-fiction book  Create Dangerously, which I’ve just finished reading. She posed,…

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Andrea’s Guide to the Miami Book Fair International

A note from writer Andrea Askowitz: If anyone cares, here are the authors I’m going to hear.  There are so many great things I’m missing, but here are some highlights. SATURDAY, November 23 11:00:  Joyce Maynard reading from her new book, After Her.  She is my good friend and mentor.  Also a great, great storyteller, so whatever she does is entertaining.  Room 8301 (Bldg. 8, 3rd floor). 1:00:  Authors I don’t know who have written about dead authors that I love, David Foster Wallace and Sylvia Plath.  Room 7128 (Bldg.7, 1st floor). 3:30:  Joe Clifford reading from Junkie Love, which has a bunch of true stories Joe told a Lip Service.  Joe is my ex-Lip…

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We Call Love Longed For, by Sheree L. Greer

When Bernadette got to Jimmy Cat’s place, it was nearly empty. Jimmy sat in the corner booth counting money. Two men in shiny black slacks and crumpled shirts sat at the bar. They sat loose, almost dripping off the stools, their hands limply curled around half-empty glasses of beer, which looked stale and settled like sample jars of piss. Bernadette nodded at Jimmy and went up to the far end of the bar. Gloria, the bartender, saw her coming and smiled with a hunch of her shoulders. Flipping a dingy cloth across her shoulder, she reached under the bar and grabbed two shot glasses. Bernadette sat down on…

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Who’s Russell Reece?

On September 21, our VIP sale at Lip Service (one of the most popular literary events in Miami) was paramount!  All That Glitters was officially released online on October 1st (along with Issue 7 of Sliver of Stone Magazine). On October 12, we had an awesome, mellow reading at Books & Books, in Coral Gables. On November 24, at 5 o’clock, we’ll be at the Miami Book Fair International for a reading followed by a Q&A with the prose editors (Room 8301, in Building 8, 3rd Floor). Russell Reece’s story, “Come On, Harold,” is one of the gems in All That Glitters. Russell lives in Delaware along the Nanticoke River. He has had stories and…

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Booyah! M.J. is going to Hollywood

Hum… not quite yet. But now that I can officially add scriptwriter to my resume, I feel electric and alive. (Scroll down for links to the films) Over the summer, I wrote two short movie scripts for the University of Miami, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health: Get Tested and Get Vaccinated. The films educate the Little Haiti community about cervical cancer and the HPV vaccine. In the United States, about 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year. Out of these 12,000 women, about 4,000 die from the disease. Women ages 18 to 64 have a 60% risk of getting cervical cancer. So, yeah, we needed…

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All That Glitters is going to the Miami Book Fair International!

The 15 nonfiction stories published in the  All That Glitters (Lominy Books; $15.00), recount lives and identities unsettled by the scary, but irresistible pursuit of truth. Also included are interviews with award-winning nonfiction writers, including Susan Orlean and Dinty W. Moore. According to Joe Clifford, “Every piece in All That Glitters bristles with the raw emotion and authenticity of the real deal, while never forsaking the edict that the story comes above all. (And the behind-the-scenes interviews are pretty damned good too.)” At the Miami Book Fair International on Sunday, Nov. 24, at 5:00 p.m. in Room 8301 (building 8, 3rd floor), local authors Andrea Askowitz, Jan Becker,…

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A Note from Drago(wo)man: Misdirected Anger

drag·o·man  (drg-mn) n. pl. drag·o·mans or drag·o·men An interpreter or guide The attorneys are yelling at each other, eyes bulging, and then one of them is yelling at me. “Mr. Joe,” the lawyer says, screaming. “You do not ask the questions, here. We do. So stop asking. Just listen. And then answer.” I’m not Mr. Joe. In fact, I’m not a man at all. See for yourself: (Yes, this is me, in an unprofessional Selfie. In the car, I’m always eager to lose the suit.) I’m only the (Haitian-Creole) interpreter. And yet this man is looking at me, yelling at me. All the while addressing me as Mr.…

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Miami Poetry Collective’s 10 Cents

The 10th edition of the Cent Journal is now available. It includes poems from 22 Miami Poetry Collective writers (including M.J. Fievre) and group history by founding member Scott Cunningham. Cover design by Erin Money. We love all our contributors, our folding team, our designer Leenie, our cover artist Erin, our Historian Scott and all of our future readers! You can see photos of our folding party and teasers of the Ten Cent Journal here. If you click backwards you’ll see more photos. You can pick up your copy of Ten Cent at one of our upcoming readings: Friday November 15: Key Biscayne Community Center Open Mic. 7pm. Saturday November 23: Miami…

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Elizabeth Dalton’s Long Hair

Elizabeth M. Dalton‘s fiction and poetry have appeared in a number of journals, including Earth’s Daughters, River City, Ellipsis: Literature and Art, and Flying Island. She received an Indiana Arts Commission Individual Artist Project grant to develop drafts of some of the essays in Burying Molly. Elizabeth contributed to All That Glitters,  a nonfiction collection edited by Corey Ginsberg, Nicholas Garnett, and myself. After a VIP sale on September 21st, at Lip Service, one of the most popular literary events in Miami, the book was released online on October 1st, 2013 (along with Issue 7 of Sliver of Stone Magazine). On October 12, we had a reading at Books & Books, in Coral Gables.…

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Poems for Malala Yousafzai

FutureCycle Press, a nonprofit publisher of poetry and flash fiction, published its first Good Works project, Malala: Poems for Malala Yousafzai, on October 9, the one-year anniversary of Malala’s shooting by the Taliban for speaking out for the right of girls to pursue an education. Edited by Joseph Hutchison and Andrea L. Watson, women and men all over the world contributed work for this anthology, and all profits from its sale will be donated to the Malala Fund.   Since the age of 11, Malala Yousafzai has been an outspoken advocate for the right of girls in her Swat Valley region of Pakistan to attend school. Since the 2012 shooting,…

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