(Last updated on 11/09/16)
In the dyaspora, contemporary women writers of Haitian descent are changing the way the world thinks about the motherland. Through their fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, these authors explore various post-colonial themes, with topics ranging from family turmoil and personal struggles, to political and social warfare.
For your edification, I’m compiling a list of Haitian and Haitian-American women who write in English (or have been translated in English) and whose stories/poems/essays can be read online.
As for the list of books by women writers of Haitian descent does not include self-published books, or books published by vanity presses and other nontraditional publishers. The list does not include educational materials or children’s books.
I’m also working on a list of women of Haitian descent who write children’s books and YA novels in English. (This list does not include educational materials)
This list includes literature and culture blogs, personal blogs, and author websites.
Do you want to help improve the lists of women writers with ties to Haiti and/or whose work highlight island culture and interests? Please email me at email@example.com.
Interesting Articles about Haitian Literature:
- Haiti in Ink and Tears: A Literary Sampler, by Madison Smartt Bell
- The Magical World of Haitian Literature: A Primer, by Patti M. Marxsen
- Telling Stories from Haiti: Dany Lafferiere and Authenticity and Authority in Autobiography, by Lee Skallerup Bessette