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 of Sunshine on Stormy Seas, and Laura Mc. Dermott, author of Visions on Alligator Alley.

Do not miss the following two events on Sunday, November 22!

12:30 pm
EXPATS! Haitian Women Poets in Exile: A Trilingual Reading in English, French, and Haitian Creole @ The Swamp

Three women from Haiti will read and discuss poems that examine the physical, sociopolitical, canonical, and psychological kinds of exile endured by women writers of Haitian Descent. Poets Rebecca N. CarmantAngie Bell, and Naomiel in conversation with M.J. Fievre will probe the complex issues of race, nationality, gender, sexuality, and class that limit (or enrich!) their lives as expats.

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5:30 pm
Poems: Readings from New Books @ Centre Gallery (Building 1, 3rd Floor, Room 1365)

Laura McDermott Matheric’s poetry chapbook Visions on Alligator Alley is an ekphrastic story-in-verse that traces the journey of a Florida woman who struggles with the overwhelmingly masculine world she lives in, Beatriz Fitzgerald Fernandez’s chapbook of poetry, Shining from a Different Firmament captures the voices of women, fictional, legendary and historical, who lived, loved and dies with an undefeated spirit. Vagabond: Selected Poems, Short Stories and Plays is the latest collection from Oscar Fuentes, the Biscayne Poet.

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Rebecca N. Carmant is the author of Sunshine on Stormy Seas, a poetry collection that gives voice to the battles the Haitian-American writer faces as a woman of color, a person of faith, and the mother of an autistic child. Carmant holds a Master’s degree in Education and is pursuing a doctoral degree in Leadership. She advocates for many causes, including autism and social justice.

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Laura McDermott is the founder and executive director of Orange Island Arts Foundation and an assistant professor at Broward College. She received her MFA degree in Creative Writing from Florida International University. She was the Girls’ Club 2014-2015 Writer-in-Residence. As a member of the Miami Poetry Collective, her poetry is regularly featured in its Cent Journal Series: A Modern Anthology of Miami Poets, and her writing has also appeared in Screw Iowa!; the Virginia Key website; The Selected Collective: Volume VIII of Tigertail, a South Florida Poetry Annual; and Poets&Artists. McDermott’s debut collection is Visions on Alligator Alley (Lominy Books), an ekphrastic story-in-verse inspired by the 2015 Girls’ Club Fort Lauderdale gallery exhibit “The Moment. The Backdrop. The Persona.” Poems inspired by artwork from the exhibit depict a story through verse as well as by visual landscape. Laura McDermott traces the journey of a Florida woman who struggles with the overwhelmingly masculine world she lives in, and with feelings of desire, longing, and deep mourning.

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