“I Am Riding!” is on OMB Storytime!

Writer M.J.Fievre and illustrator Jean Patrick Icart-Pierre teamed up for a fun-filled trilingual (English, French, Kreyol) story about a girl’s first time riding a bike.”I Am Riding!” is a One Moore Book publication. One of OMB’s goals this year is to make Storytime videos for all of their books. One Moore Book Storytime is a project that brings books to life through video. Enjoy the English version of “I Am Riding!” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KPAyi-yDjY One Moore Book provides culturally sensitive and educational stories that highlight the lives of children of countries with significantly low literacy rates. One Moore Book provides literature for children whose narratives are largely missing from the…

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O, hi there!

For this year’s O, Miami Poetry Festival, Reading Queer is presenting “O, Hi There”, a free-form poetry reading that takes the cruising experience as its point of departure. RQ begins by cruising local poets whose work they love and lust after by asking them to record one or two of their own poems, lyrical short stories and essays, or whatever other poetical forms they choose. Then, on April 12th, they’ll again cruise the unsuspecting, this time setting their sights on the audience. Throughout the evening, a team of Cruisers will playfully proposition audience members at Poetry in the Park to listen to the recordings using headphones. The goal, like…

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Stories for a Healthier World: You’ve Got This!

Edwidge Danticat, who has been honored with the MacArthur Genius Award and other awards for her writing and work on behalf of Haiti, once said, “We tell stories to live, to connect with one another and to build community.” In Haiti, storytelling is a vital educational tool. In the 1990’s, when I was growing up in Port-au-Prince, the voice of Monique “Fannie” Souvenir, and that of fellow actor “Ti Joe” were very familiar ones on radio waves. Kat, from Kreyolicious, points out that “the two [actors] had their own television show on Television National, in which they educated viewers on everything from drunk driving to reckless behavior.” I often think…

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MJ is breaking the Internet…

Ah! Not in a Kim Kardashian way. Although some people really love this picture of me in a bathtub: What I mean to say is that you can catch videos of me reading in different places around the net: Check me out reading from Haiti Noir alongside Edwidge Danticat and Marie-Ketsia Theodore-Pharel, back in January. I also recently read from 15 Views of Miami, edited by Jaquira Diaz, and from BADASS, an anthology put together by the hilarious Andrea Askowitz. For more videos, click here. I was interviewed by the University of Miami for the Haitian Diaspora Oral History collection, which includes videos and selected transcripts of oral  history interviews conducted…

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15 Views of Miami on Livestream

Monday’s event was a success! What a great evening at Books & Books! Reading & Discussion by FIFTEEN VIEWS OF MIAMI contributors and editor Jaquira Díaz. “The city that emerges from the stories in 15 Views of Miami is not the impossibly sunny, shiny place we see on television but the humid, crowded, less glamorous one we know (and love and sometimes hate) because we live here. It’s the city where you can hear the cry of a heron and the scream of traffic in the same breath. Where we still mourn the loss of Wolfie’s and Burdines and Zayre (OK, maybe not Zayre). Where people still identify themselves by where…

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UM Libraries: Interview With Michèle Jessica Fièvre

From the University of Miami Special Collection: “Interview with Michèle Jessica Fièvre, a writer who grew up in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and relocated to South Florida in 2002. She wrote her first novel as a teenager, and has since published several novels and children’s books in French. Her writing has also been published in a variety of anthologies and journals. She has an MFA in creative writing from Florida International University, and is involved in the Women Writers of Haitian Descent, Inc. In this interview, she discusses the Haitian writing community in South Florida, as well as her upcoming writing projects and her work as a school teacher.”

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Recorded Event: Haiti Noir

Check out the recorded event, Haiti Noir: The Classics, featuring Edwidge Danticat, Marie Ketsia Theodore-Pharel, and M.J. Fievre. M.J. contributed to the original best-selling Haiti Noir (Akashic Books, 2011), which comprised all new stories by today’s best Haitian authors. The new volume (Haiti Noir II: The Classics) collects the true classics of Haitian literature—both short stories and excerpts from longer works—and will be an integral piece to the understanding of how Haitian culture has evolved over the past fifty years. Editor Edwidge Danticat, one of the most respected Haitian writers, has a well-deserved sterling reputation, and here she follows on the success of the original first volume. M.J. was invited…

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M.J. Fievre, part of the Haitian Diaspora Oral History Collection

Haitian Diaspora Oral History Collection, 2010-2012 | University of Miami Special Collections The Haitian Diaspora Oral History collection includes videos and selected transcripts of oral  history interviews conducted with  individuals of Haitian ancestry that are well-renowned in the world of the arts. Interviews with singers, songwriters, musicians, painters, sculptors, writers, playwrights, and dancers help to showcase the Haitian influence in the arts. Interviews were conducted by graduate student Kevin Mason. Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research. Use Restrictions: Copyright to these materials lies with the University of Miami. They may not be reproduced, retransmitted, published, distributed, or broadcast without the permission of Special Collection. For information…

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Booyah! M.J. is going to Hollywood

Hum… not quite yet. But now that I can officially add scriptwriter to my resume, I feel electric and alive. (Scroll down for links to the films) Over the summer, I wrote two short movie scripts for the University of Miami, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health: Get Tested and Get Vaccinated. The films educate the Little Haiti community about cervical cancer and the HPV vaccine. In the United States, about 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year. Out of these 12,000 women, about 4,000 die from the disease. Women ages 18 to 64 have a 60% risk of getting cervical cancer. So, yeah, we needed…

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MJ included in the Digital Library of the Caribbean

Check out Florida International University’s Digital Library of the Caribbean for the recording of a reading by M.J. Fievre. The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) is a cooperative digital library for resources from and about the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean. dLOC provides access to digitized versions of Caribbean cultural, historical and research materials currently held in archives, libraries, and private collections. Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/AA00013499/00001 Material Information Title: M.J. Fievre Added title page title: Michèle-Jessica (M.J.) Fievre Physical Description: Audio Language: English French Haitian Creole Creator: Picard, Liesl Fievre, M.J. ( Editor ) Publisher: Latin American and Caribbean Center at Florida International University Women Writers of Haitian Descent, Inc.…

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M.J. on The Working Poet Radio Show

Check out episode three of The Working Poet Radio Show featuring Michele Jessica Fievre. Listen to M.J. — the editor of Sliver of Stone and a writer featured in Haiti Noir — discuss growing up in Haiti, work, and publishing. With host Joe Lapin. http://josephalapin.com/the-working-poet-radio-show/ Joseph A. Lapin is a journalist, author, and poet living in Los Angeles, California. He is a contributing writer at the LA Weekly, and his work has appeared in Salon, The Rattling Wall, Pacific Standard, OC Weekly, Sliver of Stone Magazine, The Village Voice, The Middle Gray, and Literary Orphans. He blogs at josephalapin.com, and his twitter handle is @josephalapin. Originally, he’s from Clinton, Massachusetts. Joe is the host of The Working Poet, “dedicated to bringing to…

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