Whimsicalit: An Unfolding Magazine

Unfolding, because we highlight one writer at a time.

Consider this a conduit for disruption, a space for discussion, reflection. We seek quality writing (and art) filled with surprise, mystery, and structural and emotional complexity.

Our mission is to publish new talent, and to highlight established writers from the unique regions of South Florida, the Caribbean, and from the nebulous zone of the Caribbean diaspora.

Whimsical? Yes. We’re eclectic too.

In addition to the standard genre content you find in other literary journals, such as poems, interviews, short stories, personal essays, articles or one-act plays, occasionally, we feature profiles of interesting earthlings, because if we think someone is great, we want you to know about them too. Sometimes, we even feature recipes for those who like to get busy in the kitchen (“Bouch mwen fè dlo”).

But make no mistake, we’re serious about the quality of the work we showcase

Thank you for being part of this ever-growing, diverse community.


Exquisite Corpse: “Dark Days in Port-au-Prince”: Roxane Gay, M.J. Fievre, Katia D. Ulysse, Ibi Aanu Zoboi, and Josaphat-Robert Large: Dark Days in Port-au-Prince (Fiction)
Diane Allerdyce: “The Wee Hours” (Nonfiction)
Kent Annan: “The World Crashes All the Time” (Nonfiction)
Suze Baron: “Mama” (Poetry)
Suze Baron: “Piano Talk” (Poetry)
Suze Baron: “Take Vladimir, He’s Good Company” (Nonfiction)
France-Luce Benson: “Risen from the Dough” (Play)
Patricia Biela: “Mamie’s Hands” (Poetry)
Hector Duarte Jr.: “A Father First” (Fiction)
Juderns Exceus: “Learning Creole” (Nonfiction)
Tatiana Garcia: “Single. Taken.” (Fiction)
Sheree L. Greer: “We Call Love Longed For” (Fiction)
John Grey: “Haitian Cockfight, 1953” (Poetry)
Fabienne Josaphat: “Catching Crazy” (Fiction)
Leita Kaldi: “Beware of Flatterers” (Nonfiction)
Leita Kaldi: “Fano Filo” (Nonfiction)
Leita Kaldi: “Lost in Translation” (Nonfiction)
Leita Kaldi: “Ti Moustik’s Coq” (Nonfiction)
Leita Kaldi: “Zombies” (Nonfiction)
Nathasha Labaze: “Hunger” (Poetry)
Marylin Laurent: “An Angel on the Other Side of the Border” (Fiction)
Enma Leyva: “Tile” (Poetry)
Kevin F. Mason: “When I Can’t See the Sun: Jean-Michel Daudier’s Soundtrack to Haiti’s Democratic Moment” (Nonfiction)
Laura McDermott: “Scenes from the Rearview Mirror” (Poetry)
Maryse Noël Roumain: “Remembering Kate” (Fiction)
Jeremy Paden: “On this Fault, Let Us Write a Poem” (Poetry)
Margaret Papillon: “Amen!”
Esilda Prentice: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: A Story About Domestic Violence (Nonfiction)
Marlène Rigaud Apollon: “To the Memory of my Father” (Nonfiction)
Phoebe Rusch: What Do You Love about Haiti? (Poetry)
Mahalia Solages: “Boundaries” (Fiction)
Mahalia Solages: “Vague in Conversation (an excerpt)” (Fiction)
Barbara Ellen Sorensen: “Doubting Cremation” (Poetry)
Yolaine M. St. Fort: “Flight” (Poetry)
Marie-Ketsia Theodore-Pharel: “Farewell to Arms” (Fiction)
Tammy L. Tillotson: “The Picture of Haiti” (Poetry)
Katia D. Ulysse: “Dawning of a New Day” (Fiction)
Katia D. Ulysse: “Mango” (Nonfiction)
Katia D. Ulysse: “Tragedians” (Nonfiction)
Jorge Valdes: “The Gathering Area” (Nonfiction)

The views represented in this magazine or in its social media Twitter or Facebook accounts or in any related social media outlets do not necessarily represent the views of the editor.

Roxane Gay


Betsy Blankenbaker: Artist & Humanitarian
Creole NOT Allowed Here: An Interview with Jan Mapou, Haitian-Creole Advocate
Elizabeth Dalton’s Long Hair
Every Boy Should Have a Man (an Interview with Preston L. Allen)
Florida Gothic Stories: Delightfully Disturbing (an interview with Vicki Hendricks)
Haiti, Phoebe, and the Oloffson: At the Crossroad of Race and Nationality and Class (an Interview with Phoebe Rusch)
Hector Duarte Jr. on Writing
It’s Not Just Love and Paris, It’s Patricia Engel (an Interview with the author)
Jan Becker on Home, Violence, Evil, and the Fragility of Life
Kim Barnes on Feminism, Sex Education, and Growing Up in Idaho
Lisbeth Davidow’s Last Suitor
Lori Jakiela Won’t Let the World Get in the Way of Things
Matthew Sharpe on Short Shorts
Nobody Go Run Me: An Interview with Joanne C. Hillhouse
Poet Barbara Ellen Sorensen (an interview)
Quirky and Animalistic Stories: Meet Vicki Hendricks
Rebecca Cook’s Romance
Tabitha Blankenbiller: Beauty and Madness
The Flight of Lola Catalina Lorenzo: An Interview with M. Evelina Galang
The (Not-So-Soft) Touch of Nick Garnett
What are you up to, Andrea Askowitz?
Who’s Russell Reece?
Writing After Baby Comes Along

Jeremy Paden


Kim Barnes on her 5 Favorite Books
John Bond’s Essential Library for Writers
Joe Clifford on his 5 Favorite Books
John Dufresne on his 5 Favorite Books
Sheree L. Greer on her 5 Favorite Books
Ann Hood on her 5 Favorite Books
Sean Kenniff & Esther Martinez on their 5 (+1) Favorite Books
Joseph Lapin on his 5 Favorite Books
Dinty W. Moore on his 5 Favorite Books
Mahalia Solages on her 5 Favorite Books
Katia D. Ulysse on her 5 Favorite Books
Nick Vagnoni on his 5 Favorite Books
Dan Wakefield on his 5 Favorite Books


Betsy Blankenbaker

Interesting Earthlings

5 Questions for Butterfly Katz (Interview)Artist Jean-Michel Daudier (Profile)
B&G Orchids: A Family Affair (Interview)
Fayola Nicaisse: The Art of Beautiful  (Interview)
Let’s Salsa with Tony Duarte (Interview)
Meet Artist Ayiti Coles (Interview)
Meet Jevon Olea: Singer, Songwriter, and Multi-Instrumentalist (Interview)
Nayeli Fanfan: The Art of Being a Diva (Interview)
Raising Gabi: The Life of a Modeling Teen (Interview)
The Art of Cooking, Ron Duprat Style (Interview)
Tu Connais Mario Fontaine? (Interview)

Mario Fontaine


5 Questions for Butterfly Katz (Interview)
A Canadian Thanksgiving (Daniela Lara Serna)
A Classic with a Twist (Milena Gigliotti)
Blanc-Manger Coco: A Haitian Recipe (MJ Fievre)
Chocolate Temptation (Milena Gigliotti)
Eating with Our Eyes (collective)
Fried Eggplants (Lewis Prisco)
(It’s More than Just) Cooking with Liliane
Kale Chips (Mahalia Solages)
Learning, Perfecting the Art of Haitian Cooking (Newspaper article)
Legim ak Sirik: A Haitian Recipe (MJ Fievre)
Oh, my… Enpanadas! (Natalie Lux)
Majadito: Bolivia’s Treasure (Talis Vanessa Montero)
Pwason Gwo Sèl (Mahalia Solages)
Yummy Turkey Stock (Sarah Pearsall)
Tarija, Bolivia: Passion Fruit Mousse (Martha Tárraga Hevia y Vaca)
The Art of Cooking, Ron Duprat Style (Interview)

4 thoughts on “Whimsicalit: An Unfolding Magazine

  1. Green and Dangerous
    After Farewell to Arms, by Marie Ketsia Theodore Pharel

    The name was Chompsky
    Short legged, long and skinny
    Faster than you think

    Trip to Orlando
    Beautiful relationship
    In sync forever

    Boys will be boys here
    Adversities surround them
    Joke becomes risky

    Ready to feast you
    Up he goes and snaps on you
    Lesson to be learned

    You thought it was fun
    Your best friend pays the price now
    Chompsky does not play

  2. Invisible, Suze Baron

    I am from a garden full of lifeless flowers
    From roots growing through my soul
    I am from close space closing in
    And corpse beneath my feet
    I am from a room I can’t call my own
    from sunlight peeking through the window
    I am from muddy shoes
    from… Jean de Champagne and Marie de Bueil
    and from Stubborn Ancestors
    from greeting and kissing upon my cheeks
    I am from praising through the roof
    from colorful spicy piman zwazo
    from the darkness to the light
    and from the beating drum of my own song
    and from the fight for my freedom
    I am from the moments where my family tree continued growing.

  3. This poem basically expresses the emotional troubles that “Mildred Casimir” experienced throughout her growing up years; it is based on a story “An Angel on the Other Side of the Border, by Marylin Laurent.”

    Sprouting fury Poem:

    I am from the mountains and the oceans
    from a precious pink doll and my favorite curling gel.
    I am from the bitterness in the wind
    and from the river of burdens.
    I am from an Australian Buloke tree
    whose lost emotions turned it into the hardest wood of all.
    I am from a broken chair and a hurtful belt
    from Widelene and Emmanuel
    and from an inflexible parental love full of overprotection
    from the rigidity and stereotyping passed on by my family.
    I am from a vigorous Catholic background
    from rice and beans
    from appalling memories of the Parsley Massacre
    and from recollections of sorrow and machetes.
    I am from the moments ….

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