End of Year Review: 2013 Caribbean Children’s and YA Books Continue Self-Publishing Trend

End of Year Review 2013 — Children’s and YA Books. My friends Ibi Zoboi, Edwidge Danticat, Katia D. Ulysse, and Maureen Boyer are included. So am I (for my book, I Am Riding)! More info here. 1. Lizzy Lizard by Robin Boasman (PB) 2. Look Back! by Trish Cooke (PB) 3. Bolo the Monkey by Jonathan Burke (PB) 4. Kafiya Meets the Moon by Janet Campbell (PB) 5. Flowers in the Sky by Lynn Joseph (YA) 6. A Song for Bijou by Josh Farrar (YA) 7. The Last Mapou by Edwidge Danticat (PB) 8. Janjak and Freda Go to the Iron Market by Elizabeth Turnbull (PB) 9. Serafina’s Promise by…

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46 People who made you care about Poetry in 2013

Check these out: 23 People Who Will Make You Care About Poetry in 2013 By Jason Diamond Inspired by Patricia Lockwood’s poem “Rape Joke,” Jason Diamond produced for Flavorwire the list “23 People who will make you care about poetry in 2013,” a list of poets that he believes dispels the notion that “poetry is dead.” A response and counter-list to “23 people who will make you care about poetry in 2013” “It is this impulse to exclude, as exhibited by Diamond and Vendler and company, that compelled me to create my own list, a list of 23 poets that will not only make you care about poetry,…

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Vicki Hendricks: Fur People

Obsession and betrayal. Plot twists and suspense. Vicki Hendrick‘s latest novel, Fur People, is now available on Amazon. Vicki Hendricks is renowned for her noir novels—Miami Purity, Iguana Love, Voluntary Madness, Sky Blues, and Cruel Poetry. Although Fur People doesn’t qualify as noir, you’re in for quite a ride! In this book, Sunny, a young animal hoarder with big dreams and little money, drives a camper-bus back to her home town in Florida, to live cheaply in the woods. She plans to recover her high school sweetheart from ten years earlier and start her own animal rescue. Problems arise, of course, including struggles with Mother Nature and the local…

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Ti Moustik’s Coq, by Leita Kaldi

Leita Kaldi’s Five Favorite Fiascos in Haiti, part 3: Ti Moustik’s Coq (from Kaldi’s memoir, In the Valley of Atibon) My restless nights were disturbed by a rooster.  He trumpeted his ko-ko-ri-co outside my bedroom window as if he served as personal alarm clock to the sun at 4:00 a.m.  I’d turn my fan to full volume, pop in ear plugs, pull the pillow over my head, but I’d still hear his raucous call. He’d strut around my garden, a gorgeous gagè – fighting cock – with iridescent black feathers, a bright red comb and fierce beady eyes, swishing his  tail of silver feathers like a fan, stepping high…

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M.J. Fievre, part of the Haitian Diaspora Oral History Collection

Haitian Diaspora Oral History Collection, 2010-2012 | University of Miami Special Collections The Haitian Diaspora Oral History collection includes videos and selected transcripts of oral  history interviews conducted with  individuals of Haitian ancestry that are well-renowned in the world of the arts. Interviews with singers, songwriters, musicians, painters, sculptors, writers, playwrights, and dancers help to showcase the Haitian influence in the arts. Interviews were conducted by graduate student Kevin Mason. Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research. Use Restrictions: Copyright to these materials lies with the University of Miami. They may not be reproduced, retransmitted, published, distributed, or broadcast without the permission of Special Collection. For information…

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Beware of Flatterers, by Leita Kaldi

Leita Kaldi’s Five Favorite Fiascos in Haiti, part 2: Beware of Flatterers (from Kaldi’s memoir, In the Valley of Atibon) I had arrived in Haiti arrogantly convinced that I would make a difference.  But the magnitude of poverty, the needs, the numbers, overwhelmed me.  During my initial job interview Bill Dunn asked me how I handled stress.  “I meditate,” I replied smugly.  “I’m over being stressed.” I had found a certain serenity in the African bush that I had vowed I’d never lose to any job, any place.   Six months later, however, when Bill asked me the same question I confided, “I drink gin at night and smoke cigarettes.” …

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Proust and M. Jessica

ASentinel.ht | Published on : June 12, 2011 From Defend Haiti: Jessica Fievre (also known as M.J. Fievre) is the author of several mystery novels and children’s books in French. Her publications include Le Fantôme de Lisbeth and Les Fantasmes de Sophie. Her short stories and poems have appeared in P’an Ku, The Mom Egg, Writer’s Digest, 365 Days of Flash Fiction and Haiti Noir (Akashic Books) […] We [used the] Proust questionnaire [to] find out about [Jessica’s] personality. Your favorite virtue: Equanimity. Seneca said, “Happy the man who can endure the highest and the lowest fortune. He, who has endured such vicissitudes with equanimity, has deprived misfortune…

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Fano Filo, by Leita Kaldi

Leita Kaldi’s Five Favorite Fiascos in Haiti, part 1: Fano Filo (from Kaldi’s memoir, In the Valley of Atibon)  My gardener, Fano Filo, advanced from the periphery of my little world into its center. His name sounded so lyrical to me that I had to force myself to call him Fano instead of rippling “Fanofilo” off my tongue, which might have sounded  mocking. There were so many whimsical Haitian names:  Facil (easy); Sasufi (that’s enough); Surpris; Bienfait (well made); Petit-Frère (little brother); Louisfait (made by Louis).  Mrs. Mellon knew brothers named Hydrogen and Oxygen.   There was Mavius Marvius, and towns called Limonade and Marmelade.  Anyway, Fano Filo always wore…

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Lori Jakiela won’t let the world get in the way of things

Lori Jakiela is the author of a memoir, Miss New York Has Everything (Hatchette 2006), and three poetry chapbooks. Her full-length poetry collection, Spot the Terrorist!, was published in April 2012. Her essays and poems have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Creative Nonfiction, River Teeth, The Pittsburgh Quarterly, 5 AM and elsewhere. She lives outside of Pittsburgh, directs the writing program at The University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg, and teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Chatham University. Lori contributed to All That Glitters, an anthology edited by Nicholas Garnett, Corey Ginsberg, and myself. You write that you don’t come from a family of readers.…

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