2014 AWP Conference in Seattle: “The Haiti I Know”

“The Haiti I Know” at the 2014 AWP Conference in Seattle Room 606, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6 Each year, AWP holds its Annual Conference & Bookfair in a different city to celebrate the authors, teachers, writing programs, literary centers, and independent publishers of that region. The conference typically features 450 readings, lectures, panel discussions, and forums, as well as hundreds of book signings, receptions, dances, and informal gatherings. More than 10,000 writers and readers attended the 2012 conference, and 600 exhibitors were represented at the bookfair. AWP’s is now the largest literary conference in North America. February 28, 2014. A trilingual reading from So Spoke the…

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The Haiti I Know: So Spoke the Earth at the 2014 AWP Conference

2014 AWP Conference Room 606, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6 Friday, February 28, 2014 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm A trilingual reading from So Spoke the Earth, a collection of prose and poetry about pre- and post-earthquake Haiti and published by the Women Writers of Haitian Descent. Authors will share first and third-person accounts and visions of Haiti through various periods of time, and of the moments following the tragedy, exploring stories of the search for survivors and different shapes of grief and hope. Presentations in English, with some French and Haitian Creole (with translations). M.J. Fievre is the founding editor of Sliver of Stone magazine, and a regular contributor…

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MJ’s Legim ak Sirik: A Haitian Recipe

Crabs and vegetables… This is one of my husband’s favorite dishes. I don’t often play house but sometimes, hey, I’ll put on a cute bib and cook with my high heels on. You will need: 6 Chayote Squash, peeled, cored, and chopped Eggplants, peeled and chopped 1 Bunch of Watercress, chopped 2 Large Carrots, peeled and chopped 4 Scallions, chopped 1 Onion, diced 1 Large Red Bell Pepper, diced 1 Large Green Bell Pepper, diced 1/2 Head Cabbage, chopped Ribs and pork legs (seasoned the night before) and crabs For the seasoning: 3-4 Garlic Cloves, minced 1 tsp Clove, ground 1 Bouillon Cube Spoonful Tomato Paste Directions 1.…

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Re-Imagining Haiti: from Revolution to Reconstruction

I was a guest at the University of Miami today, along with author Marie Ketsia Theodore-Pharel. Re-Imagining Haiti: from Revolution to Reconstruction. We were invited by Dr. Patricia Saunders. Professor Saunders’s research and scholarship focus largely on the relationship between sexual identity and national identity in Caribbean literature and popular culture. Her work has appeared inThe Bucknell Review, Calabash, Plantation Society in the Americas, The Journal of West Indian Literature and Small Axe. Her first book, titled Alien/Nation and Repatri(n)ation: Caribbean Literature and the Task of Translating Identity will be published by Lexington Books in 2007. This book traces the emergence of literary nationalisms in the Anglophone Caribbean region while mapping these transformations through discourses of…

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Recorded Event: Haiti Noir

Check out the recorded event, Haiti Noir: The Classics, featuring Edwidge Danticat, Marie Ketsia Theodore-Pharel, and M.J. Fievre. M.J. contributed to the original best-selling Haiti Noir (Akashic Books, 2011), which comprised all new stories by today’s best Haitian authors. The new volume (Haiti Noir II: The Classics) collects the true classics of Haitian literature—both short stories and excerpts from longer works—and will be an integral piece to the understanding of how Haitian culture has evolved over the past fifty years. Editor Edwidge Danticat, one of the most respected Haitian writers, has a well-deserved sterling reputation, and here she follows on the success of the original first volume. M.J. was invited…

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