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. Joe. In fact, I’m not a man at all. See for yourself: (Yes, this is me, in an unprofessional Selfie. In the car, I’m always eager to lose the suit.) I’m only the (Haitian-Creole) interpreter. And yet this man is looking at me, yelling at me. All the while addressing me as Mr.…

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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 and reservation, please call  516 424 2687 Check out the Concert Trailer of TiCorn in NEW YORK! The artist’s website is located here: http://www.ticorn.com/

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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 Pembroke Pines, by the Cultural Attaché of the Consulate General of France in Miami, Ms. Valerie Drake. I spent a delightful time with poet Maryse C. Elysee and her husband Pierre-Michel, Jeanne Proust who teaches French and Philosopgy at ISCHS, Valerie Jean-Louis (a dynamic intern at the Consulate), and the energetic Ms. Drake. Today,…

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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 rainy day, and thought, “Oh, that’s cool.” I created two very decent online magazines on a whim. This blog is quite whimsical, wouldn’t you say? People will actually laugh on Wednesday, and who knows what else can happen then? I might launch the Jessica-haha column on this blog. Let the cyberworld be warned:…

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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 to contribute as much as possible to human trafficking awareness.  It’s a thriller-drama that will be accessible to a mature audience. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1153862509/pembroke-circle-feature/widget/video.html I contributed $50 to the project on Kickstarter. So basically I helped the filmmakers create 5 SECONDS of the movie! Upon completion of the film I will be emailed a unique…

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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 four elements of writing to the four basic natural elements of the alchemists by way of poetry. Diego’s artwork has been featured on public television, Miami New Times, Google Earth, Schmap Miami Eleventh Edition, a recent photography show, “Solitude” at Books & Books, with paintings at the Water Tower Gallery, in Coral Gables.…

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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 missing child case since the Lindbergh’s—that of TV host John Walsh’s son Adam and the 25 year search for his killer—is truly terrific. A taut, compelling and often touching book about a long march to justice.” Recipient of the Frank O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, Les Standiford is director of the Creative Writing…

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