O, Miami Lit Crawl

Lit Crawl, a bar crawl with literary readings, officially began in San Francisco in 2006. But really it began thousands of years earlier when the first homo ergaster decided to crawl from cave to cave reading her poems about stone tools and drinking everyone’s beer. Tonight the tradition of drinking and literature takes the next step in its evolution with the first-ever Lit Crawl Miami. At 6 p.m. (sharp!), pick up your map & schedule at O, Miami host hotel, The Betsy-South Beach, and hear a special reading by two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Russell Banks and Kingsley Tufts Award-winner Chase Twichell. Then head out into South Beach for…

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UM Libraries: Interview With Michèle Jessica Fièvre

From the University of Miami Special Collection: “Interview with Michèle Jessica Fièvre, a writer who grew up in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and relocated to South Florida in 2002. She wrote her first novel as a teenager, and has since published several novels and children’s books in French. Her writing has also been published in a variety of anthologies and journals. She has an MFA in creative writing from Florida International University, and is involved in the Women Writers of Haitian Descent, Inc. In this interview, she discusses the Haitian writing community in South Florida, as well as her upcoming writing projects and her work as a school teacher.”

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Vague in Conversation (an excerpt), by Mahalia Solages

(This story appeared in Fall: A Collection of Short Stories, published by Almond Press) The pockmarked walls that enclosed the mass of faded women was no place for someone like me. The bell rang. I trudged out of the Haitian prison with the other inmates for the hour-long airing allowed in the guarded courtyard, the only highlight of the day. They had been glaring at me, the newcomer. The one where time and circumstance hadn’t imprinted its outrages. The cycles of anxiety, however, were staggered in dried rings from the armpits of my blouse. I had endured four sweaty nights; the moaning women had cued my tossing. Now…

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Writing Haiti: Myth, Culture, and Creativity

On April 9, if you happen to be in Vermont, don’t miss a lecture by Haitian writer Jessica (M.J.) Fievre. “Writing Haiti: Myth, Culture, and Creativity” will be held at 7 p.m. in the St. Edmund’s Hall Farrell Room (#315) at Saint Michael College. Born in Port-au-Prince, Fievre is the author of several mystery novels and children’s books in French. She edited an anthology released by Women Writers of Haitian Descent. and a Sliver of Stone magazine nonfiction anthology. Her short stories, poems and children’s book in English have been widely published as well. Sponsored by the Campus Events Committee, Department of Modern Languages & Literature, the Center for…

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