I would be an excellent X-rated film critic (Anyone hiring?)

This Q&A with M.J. Fievre is part of  Badass, Lip Service: True Stories, The Double Album, edited by Andrea Askowitz. Click here to buy the book. Don’t miss the launch of the story collection on Wednesday, November 19 at 7:00 p.m. on the grounds of the Miami Book Fair International. Corner of NE 3rd Street and 2nd Avenue. The launch is just one of a series of Book Fair-sponsored Florida-themed events presented at The Swamp, a week-long celebration of everything that’s wonderful and wacky about South Florida. (A note from Nicholas Garnett, contributor: “Denise and I went down to the Fair last night to hear Ira Glass.  Super cool.  And The…

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Proust and M. Jessica

ASentinel.ht | Published on : June 12, 2011 From Defend Haiti: Jessica Fievre (also known as M.J. Fievre) is the author of several mystery novels and children’s books in French. Her publications include Le Fantôme de Lisbeth and Les Fantasmes de Sophie. Her short stories and poems have appeared in P’an Ku, The Mom Egg, Writer’s Digest, 365 Days of Flash Fiction and Haiti Noir (Akashic Books) […] We [used the] Proust questionnaire [to] find out about [Jessica’s] personality. Your favorite virtue: Equanimity. Seneca said, “Happy the man who can endure the highest and the lowest fortune. He, who has endured such vicissitudes with equanimity, has deprived misfortune…

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What’s in store for the future of Haiti’s literature?

Check out this article by Kat, blogger at Kreyolicious.com! She approached several experts about the future of Haitian literature: Dr. Martin Munroe, Director of the Winthrop-King Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone Studies and a professor of French at Florida State University “I feel there is a more dynamic relation between Haiti and the diaspora, and between Haitian authors inside and outside of the country.” Elsie Augustave, author of The Roving Tree “Literature is definitely a reflection of life.” M.J. Fievre, author of half a dozen books and editor of the anthology So Spoke the Earth “On a thematic level, Haitian literature remains static. Haitian writers continue to…

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Fearless Fievre: M.J. featured in “Magic Haiti”

M.J. was featured in the Summer 2013 issue of Magic Haiti. “The goal of the magazine is to promote local tourism by encouraging foreign professionals and businessmen residing in Haiti for whatever length of time, Haitians living in the Diaspora visiting family and friends, as well as locals to explore and discover the depth and breadth of Haiti.” Article by Carolyn Desert / Photos by Reginald Gelin: To read the entire article, please visit Magic Haiti and purchase a copy of the issue.

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Shout-out from Edwidge Danticat

There was a generous mention of me in Edwidge Danticat’s NY Times Book Review interview this month. It read: “Someone who writes extremely well both in French and English is Jessica Fièvre, who published her first novel in Haiti when she was 16 and has since written six more. She now lives in South Florida and has just completed a memoir in English.” I was truly touched by Danticat’s kind words.    

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Carrying on Haiti’s Literary Torch

In an article by Kat Cherie on Haitian Times, writers Nadine Magloire, Evelyne Trouillot, Jessica Fièvre, Gary Klang and Josaphat-Robert Large share their take on the legacy of Haitian literary tradition. “I have an increased interest for nonfiction” “I continue to use the motherland as a setting for most of my stories. As an expat, I get to take a step back and reminisce with less bias about my life in Port-au-Prince,” Fievre says. “I have an increased interest for nonfiction, as opposed to making stories up. I also want to believe that my current writing positively reflects the influence of the MFA program at Florida International University.…

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Jessica Fièvre: An Interview with the Novelist

Check out my interview on Kreyolicious! (2012) Here’s an excerpt: With her perky smile and well-carved face, Michèle Jessica Fièvre might easily be taken for a model on the streets of Miami, but no, she writes novels. Fièvre, who was born in the 1980s in Haiti, carved a little niche for herself in the mystery and horror novel genre. She became one of the youngest people ever to be published in Haiti, next to the 20th Century poet Carl Brouard, and the youngest to have published a novel. Her last name Fièvre means ‘fever’ in English, and she—through her writings—seems bent on giving her readers one, albeit a…

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