Acknowledgements (now that the hardest part is over!)

Yes, my memoir, A Sky the Color of Chaos (Beating Windward Press, 2015), is available for pre-order! The book chronicles my childhood during the turbulent rise and fall of Haiti’s President-Priest, Jean-Bertrand Aristide—a time of nightly shootings, home invasions, robberies, and the burning of former regime members in neighborhood streets. During the late 1980s and 90s, from when I was eight-years-old to 18, Haiti’s government changed forms eight times; the Haitian people endured fraudulent elections, three military coups, a crippling embargo, and a United Nations occupation. I want to thank Dan Wakefield, professor and friend nonpareil, and source of great support, great counsel, and encouragement. My gratitude to John Dufresne…

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Praise for A Sky the Color of Chaos

“M.J. Fievre’s powerful memoir A Sky The Color of Chaos is a vivid, lyric account of the perils of growing up in Haiti. It brings the headlines to the heart and leaves an indelible mark on the mind.” — Dan Wakefield, author of New York in the Fifties *** “The imagery in A Sky the Color of Chaos is spellbinding. This uncompromisingly honest story will break even those hearts carved out of stone. Unfathomable violence and brazen impunity, shattered innocence and sensuality, determination and defiance, death and self-discovery glide gracefully across the pages in polished prose. The narrative is soul-searing, compelling, necessary, unforgettable, and commands complete attention. This…

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Lominy Books @ The Miami Book Fair

Lominy Books was recently featured in the Miami Herald, in an article by Siobhan Morrissey titled “In South Florida, the power of small presses grows.” “By day, M.J. Fièvre works as a Creole interpreter in Miami’s Circuit Court,” Morrissey writes. “At night, she teaches writing classes at Miami Dade College. In between jobs, Fièvre finds time to write. So far she has published her memoir, several novels and scripts. She also edits and publishes the works of other authors through Lominy Books, a small press that she runs out of her home.” Two Lominy Books authors will be at the book fair this year: Rebecca N. Carmant, author…

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Press Release: “A Sky the Color of Chaos”

Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: A Sky the Color of Chaos Humanizes the Headlines of Haiti’s Violent 1990s. Orlando, FL, September 12, 2015 – Beating Windward announces the publication of the memoir, A Sky the Color of Chaos by Haitian-American author M.J. Fievre. It is a 180-page memoir and will be published in December of 2015 (with limited copies available at the Miami Book Fair International). A Sky the Color of Chaos chronicles M.J.’s childhood during the turbulent rise and fall of Haiti’s President-Priest, Jean-Bertrand Aristide – a time of nightly shootings, home invasions, robberies, and the burning of former regime members in neighborhood streets. During the late 1980s…

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A Sky the Color of Chaos @ The Miami Book Fair

M.J. Fievre’s memoir, A Sky the Color of Chaos (Beating Windward, 2015) will be featured at the Miami Book Fair International. The book chronicles M.J.’s childhood during the turbulent rise and fall of Haiti’s President-Priest, Jean-Bertrand Aristide—a time of nightly shootings, home invasions, robberies, and the burning of former regime members in neighborhood streets. During the late 1980s and 90s, from when Fievre was eight-years-old to 18, Haiti’s government changed forms eight times; the Haitian people endured fraudulent elections, three military coups, a crippling embargo, and a United Nations occupation. On Saturday, November 21st, and Sunday, November 22, you have six (6) opportunities to meet MJ in connection…

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And, please, roll that R: M.J. Fievre on the Only in Miami Show

Yesterday, I was a guest on the Only in Miami Show, hosted by Grant Stern every Monday night, from 7 to 9pm, on 880am The Biz in the South Florida Market and on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, Tune-in Radio and iHeartRadio. The interview is available here. We discussed Haiti, and the release of my memoir, A Sky the Color of Chaos. As described on the website, “the Only in Miami Talk Radio Show is a two-hour entertainment oriented broadcast focused on current affairs and sports talk.” Do I look smitten? You bet! Grant is a delightful individual who makes a trip to Little Havana worthwhile. By the way, if you like Nicaraguan food, check out Yambo on…

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11.15.15 Poem Depot at the Miami Book Fair International

It’s Miami Book Fair season! On Sunday, November 15, at the Miami Book Fair International, poets Jan Becker, Leenie Moore, and M.J. Fievre will create on-demand verses for passers-by on manual typewriters. The project is called the “Poem Depot,” and it’s the brainchild of the Miami Poetry Collective. Stop by 5:30 on The Porch @ The Swamp and get your very own on-demand poem. (The Swamp is a pop-up lounge at the Book Fair that features writers whose works explore the beauty, contradictions, uniqueness and weirdness of life in the Sunshine State.) Did you know? The first Miami Book Fair International, founded by Miami Dade College and community partners,…

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M.J. Fievre on the Marc Bernier Show

On Wednesday, I discussed the release of my memoir, A Sky the Color of Chaos, on The Marc Bernier Show. The show airs weekdays from 3-6 p.m. on 93.5FM/1150AM WNDB Daytona Beach, Florida. A recording of the show is now posted on Marc’s website. A Sky the Color of Chaos chronicles my childhood during the turbulent rise and fall of Haiti’s President-Priest, Jean-Bertrand Aristide – a time of nightly shootings, home invasions, robberies, and the burning of former regime members in neighborhood streets. During the late 1980s and 90s, from when I was eight-years-old to eighteen, Haiti’s government changed forms eight times; the Haitian people endured fraudulent elections, three military coups,…

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John Grey: Haitian Cockfight, 1953

Down from the mountains men come, each with a rooster tucked under the arm, fighting cocks, some small and feisty, some huge enough to knock out with one blow. Their women follow, huge breasted many of them, like there’s hens shoved down their cotton dresses, garland for strutting champions, for he who wears the champion’s comb. These men seldom fight each other. They let the birds be their anger, their suspicions, their way in the world. And women don’t love much. They reward. Everyone in the village and beyond comes to the bedlam. They crowd around a ring of dust while fowl peck and scratch for blood. The…

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