“Sinkhole” has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize!

I learned last month, from editor Ryan Rivas, that someone from the distinguished Pushcart Board of Contributing Editors nominated my story, “Sinkhole,” from 15 Views of Miami for the Pushcart Prize. A final decision should be made in early May. Edited by Jaquira Diaz and published by Burrow Press, 15 Views of Miami is a literary portrait of the Magic City told in fifteen loosely linked stories by fifteen Miami authors. Sprawling from Hialeah to Homestead, from Wynwood to Stiltsville, these stories cover a range of cultures, languages and lives, reflecting the diversity and drama of a large and often misunderstood city. “The Pushcart Prize editions are urgent and absolutely…

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19 Women Honored for their contribution to Haitian Culture

On Wednesday, March 25th, 2015, the Consulate General of the Republic of Haiti in Miami hosted its 3rd Annual International Women’s Month Ceremony. This year, the Consulate honored 19 women who contributed to the Haitian Culture in South Florida. They were recognized as “Beacons of Hope and Achievement.” “Each one of the award winners make significant contributions in their respective fields of action, such as art, music, literature, public service, contribution to education, and journalism,” points out Reynold Beauplan, on Sawpanse. Congratulations to all these phenomenal women! 1.  Emeline Alexis Schulz; 2. Alexandra Barbot ; 3. Danielle Barthelemy-Jacques 4. Angie Bell ; 5. Naomie Labaty ; 6. Carole Demesmin ; 7. Sandy Dorsainvil 8. Esther Fortuné ; 9.…

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M.J. Fievre to receive “Beacon of Hope and Achievement Award”

On behalf of the Consulate General of the Republic of Haiti in Miami, Consul Guy François Jr. wrote me a letter to let me know that I have been chosen as one of the Honorees for this year’s “Beacon of Hope and Achievement Award.” I will be recognized on Wednesday March 25th, at the 2015 International Women’s Month Ceremony, in Little Haiti. Awesomeness! The following is the biography that guided the selection process. It shows (in Mr. François’s words) my “contribution to Cultural Excellence in the Haitian Diaspora.” Born in Port-au-Prince, Jessica (M.J.) Fievre self-published her first mystery novel, Le Feu de la Vengeance, at the age of sixteen. She was nineteen years old…

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