Beached Miami: Haiti’s Dark Side

Haiti’s Dark Side (2010) A maggot-infested “half-dead man” and a toxic trash heap — “a gash in the earth that eats up everything” — both figure in Haiti Noir, the lastest collection of short stories in the Akashic Books Noir series. The collection was edited by Haitian-born writer, off-and-on Miami local, and McArthur Genius Award recipient Edwidge Danticat, who appeared with fellow contributors on Sunday at the Miami Book Fair […] Click here to read the entire article on Beached Miami.

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Interview with Becca Griesemer

Becca Griesemer is a Staff Writer for The Beacon Sunday, November 21, 2010 at the Miami Book Fair International Michele Jessica “M.J.” Fievre, 29, is a Haitian-born published author.  She is currently in FIU’s creative writing graduate program working on her memoir, which will double as her thesis. BECCA: From what I’ve read, I know that your inspiration comes mostly from your childhood in Port-au-Prince. If you’d grown up in a less complex place—I’ve never been to Haiti but from what I read and what you write, it sounds like a very beautiful and dynamic place—do you think it’d change the way you write today? M.J.: It probably…

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Haiti Noir at the Miami International Book Fair

Haiti is an island nation in which the noir genre may feel more like realism. Still, the writers on the panel — Danticat, Mark Kurlansky, M.J. Fievre, and Marie K. Theodore-Pharel — inspired with their ability to craft literature out of Haiti’s darkness and still smile and laugh and galvanize. “The light … is that we have brilliant people writing right now,” Danticat said. Jordan Meinick, Beached Miami

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Local Authors Get their Lit On

See the slideshow on nbcmiami.com: Miami Book Fair: Local Authors Get their Lit On (2010) M.J. Fievre: teacher, creative writing grad student, contributor to “Haiti Noir.” Catch her: Sunday, noon. Pavilion A. Her work, past and future: When I was in Haiti, I wrote children’s mystery books in French. “Le Fantôme de Lisbeth” is the story of a young struggling ballerina. One night while struggling with her work she meets the ghost of a famous Haitian ballerina, who helps her. [Now,] unless I’m writing fiction, I write whatever is on my mind. My next project is my memoir that tells the story of what growing up in Haiti is really like.

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University alumna, professors will contribute to Miami Book Fair International

Although confirmed authors for the Miami Book Fair International include household names such as former president George Bush, tennis player Venus Williams, singer songwriter Patti Smith, and even a live broadcast of a Jay-Z telecast, some University affiliates can proudly drop their own names […] Read entire article here: University alumna, professors will contribute to Miami Book Fair International (2010) Michele Jessica Fievre, 29, a graduate student of the University’s Creative Writing Program, spoke at the fair seven years ago with “jitters,” a trembling voice and unsteady legs. Fievre will return this year to speak about her story “The Rainbow’s End” in the anthology “Haiti Noir,” though, according to her,…

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At Libreri Mapou

In this Monday, Oct. 18, 2010 photo, authors M.J. Fievre, left, Kent Annan, center, and Edwidge Danticat are shown at the Libreri Mapou bookstore in the Little Haiti neighborhood of Miami. Haitian writers tell the stories of those who cannot and some of them will congregate at the Miami Book Fair International from Nov. 14 to 21, which will showcase more than 300 writers from all over the world. In this Monday, Oct. 18, 2010 photo, South Florida-based Haitian-American author M.J. Fievre is shown during an interview at the Libreri Mapou bookstore in the Little Haiti neighborhood of Miami.

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