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A Note from Drago(wo)man: Misdirected Anger

drag·o·man  (drg-mn) n. pl. drag·o·mans or drag·o·men An interpreter or guide The attorneys are yelling at each other, eyes bulging, and then one of them is yelling at me. “Mr. Joe,” the lawyer says, screaming. “You do not ask the questions, here. We do. So stop asking. Just listen. And then answer.” I’m not Mr.…

M.J.’s Inbox: TiCorn in Concert

I got a little note from Haitian songwriter/singer TiCorn. It started with, “Bonjour M.J., me youn ti nouvel mizikal pou ou de TiCorn!” TiCorn is going to be in concert in New York on May 24th (Vault Cafe, in Long Island). On May 25th (Brooklyn), she will be selling her CDs at KOMBIT Bar Restaurant. For information…

Judging the “Dis-Moi Dix Mots” Contest

I’m among the judges of the “Dis-Moi Dix Mots” poetry contest launched by the Cultural Departments of the Consulate General of France and the Consulate General of Haiti, in Miami, for students in the “French Heritage Language Program” and those attending partner universities in Miami. On Tuesday, the judges were invited to dinner at La Brochette Bistrot, in…

Ayikodans: The Dance of the Spider

Ayikodans! The drums. The maracas. The transcendental voice of James Germain. The taut muscles. The crawling. The climbing. The searching and longing. The aggressive sensuality. The Dance of the Spider was an amazing performance. Kudos, Jeanguy Saintus Riché. It was AWESOME. Read the Miami Herald’s article.

Turns out I might be a stand-up comedian when I grow up

So Boukan Returns (see flyer below). And yup, I’m gonna give comedy a try on Wednesday… in addition to talking about my books, that is. Let see how it all turns out. Yes… I tend to do many things on a whim. I became a writer on a whim. Just picked up a pen one…

This cool project my nephew is working on

I just backed up this wonderful project on Kickstarter. A movie by Max Rousseau. Pembroke Circle is a micro-budget independent feature film that follows a young girl whose life is traumatically impacted by human trafficking. Although “Pembroke Circle” is not a message film, it certainly calls attention to the subject and the creators want it…

Diego Quiros at the Poetry Buffet, April 23

Diego Quiros will read selections of his most recent work at the Poetry Buffet, April 23, 7-9 pm, at the CrepeMaker Café, 76 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. An electrical engineer, artist, and photographer, Diego Quiros is a Cuban-American writer whose poems are composed with attention to sensual detail and texture.  Alchetry explores the correlation of the…

FIU Creative Writing Pot Luck, 2009

Annual Creative Writing pot luck at the home of writer Les Standiford in Miami. Les Standiford is the author of the critically acclaimed Last Train to Paradise, Meet You in Hell,Washington Burning, and The Man Who Invented Christmas, as well as several novels. About his book, Bringing Adam Home, Scott Turow wrote that “This tale of the most significant…