France-Luce Benson: Risen from the Dough

WGA Reg. # 1496852 In Risen From the Dough, two Haitian-American women in a bakery kitchen prepare for the impending arrival of the health inspector while they grapple with grief, identity, and the complicated realities of immigrant life. See it live in Miami, as part of Summer Shorts! Thursday, June 4 – Sunday, June 28 at the Arsht Center. CHARACTERS: Maryse–40; strong willed, Haitian-American woman Leonide–her sister; a few years younger SETTING: Brooklyn, New York A small bakery on Flatbush Avenue Time is present *** AT RISE: MARYSE violently kneads dough on a counter with her bare hands. MARYSE Fout! LEONIDE, her sister, enters with a rolling pin. MARYSE…

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Patricia Biela: Mamie’s Hands

Grand-mère, je vois tes mains. Your hands coddle infants nourish your children. Mamie, je vois tes mains. Your hands interlock God. Rosary beads hang. Grand-mère, je vois tes mains. Your hands plant mango and bananane. Mamie, je vois tes mains. Your hands teach poise, strength. My hands wait for yours.   Virginia, April 25, 2011 *   *   * Patricia Biela is a native of Maryland and is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a BA in Psychology. A first generation American, she is of Angolan paternal and Haitian maternal descent. Biela is a Cave Canem South Fellow and has participated in 16 writing workshops including Callaloo, Cave…

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Tammy L. Tillotson: The Picture of Haiti

In the background, a girl wears a sunny yellow t-shirt with a sailboat inside a heart. I want to ask if she got the shirt at one of Virginia’s Annual Lake Festivals. Does she remember— The colorful tents up and down Main Street? The wonderful aromas of plentiful food? The frozen drinks in souvenir coconuts? Did she watch the fireworks on a boat? Was she one of thousands on the bridge? Did she get to ride in a hot air balloon? Those events were all for the public, but this photo is of three Privates. Each sitting in a folding lawn chair, like the kind we used to…

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Pascale Doxy: Art as Therapy

Pascale Doxy is a native of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Her passion for drawing started when she was a toddler.  She was introduced to water color at the age of twelve. At seventeen, dissatisfied with the light tones of water color, Doxy changed her preferred medium to acrylic. When Doxy turned nineteen, her parents signed her up for her first art class.  The location: the famous Centre D’art in Port-au-Prince.  For a year she learned the basics of drawing. During the first six months the very well-known Frank Louissaint was her mentor. Later on, Doxy went off on her own. In Port-au-Prince, at the age of twenty, she did her…

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Tragedians, by Katia D. Ulysse

Poverty is like an engagement ring: expensive but obligatory. Necessary. The world would be bleak without it. Poverty gives birth to thriving institutions that are immune to failure. Poverty is a lottery with the largest payout in history. Poverty is exotic. Poverty, like clean water, is indispensable. The engineers of this flourishing institution will kill to maintain its integrity. Tragedy brings shame and hopelessness to those under its crushing hooves. To others, it brings pleasure and conceit. Tragedy is an insatiable lover that rouses lust like dust in a storm, choking the air, clogging nostrils, and blinding eyes. Tragedy is irresistible. Poverty dances on some tongues like bubbles…

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Lip Service is back for a night of POWER! 

Lip Service is back for a night of POWER! You know the crazy power trip someone goes on when they get a fancy uniform? Or the power of society to make us do things in the name of beauty? Come hear these stories. Plus the disempowerment of an arranged marriage; the power of a reluctant dominatrix; and the power of telling the truth. CLICK HERE for TICKETS. Tickets go fast. $15 General. $30 Preferred. (+$5 at the door) Saturday, May 9 Miracle Theater 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables 8 p.m. After party at Books & Books (Fun! Free!)

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