ReadCaribbean Program

ReadCaribbean is an extensive series of readings and panel discussions, highlighting the vibrant and diverse literary culture of the Caribbean. It is a Miami Book Fair Year-Round program created with the support of the Green Family Foundation and the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center. Part of the ReadCaribbean year-round series, Caribbean: Illuminate! is an unflinching, provocative, sometimes uncomfortable, but definitely inspiring round table that focuses on Caribbean literature and history. Caribbean authors discuss their work, along with their lived and inherited experiences, in order to illuminate reality and take the audience on a journey through the many chapters of modern Caribbean life/history. Click here for a…

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Little Haiti Book Festival

Every year, Miami Dade College’s (MDC) acclaimed Miami Book Fair (MBF), in partnership with Sosyete Koukouy of Miami, presents the 2018 Little Haiti Book Festival at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex, 5919 NE 2nd Ave.  The book festival—which features vibrant cultural exposure to writers, booksellers, performers, and more—is part of Miami Book Fair’s ReadCaribbean programming.  The Little Haiti Book Festival, which has been presented in part by Sosyete Koukouy of Miami for the past five years, is made possible by the generosity of the Green Family Foundation and the FIU Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center. At the Little Haiti Book Festival, established and emerging talents areinvited to…

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Announcing the Caribbean Series

In collaboration with Books and Books, The Miami Book Fair Year-Round, Orange Island Foundation, Reading Queer, The Little Haiti Cultural Center, and Undergrounds Coffeehaus, The Whimsical Project is proud to announce the 2016 Caribbean Series. During the 2016 Caribbean Series, readers in South Florida (with one event in Los Angeles, California) will enjoy up-close-and-personal discussions and book signings with authors with ties to the Caribbean and/or whose work highlight island culture and interests. (Please visit this page from time to time as more events will be added.) Are you a writer of Caribbean descent? IC FALL 2016 CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Interviewing the Caribbean (IC)—seeks poems, stories, creative non-fiction, interviews…

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Lominy Books @ The Miami Book Fair

Lominy Books was recently featured in the Miami Herald, in an article by Siobhan Morrissey titled “In South Florida, the power of small presses grows.” “By day, M.J. Fièvre works as a Creole interpreter in Miami’s Circuit Court,” Morrissey writes. “At night, she teaches writing classes at Miami Dade College. In between jobs, Fièvre finds time to write. So far she has published her memoir, several novels and scripts. She also edits and publishes the works of other authors through Lominy Books, a small press that she runs out of her home.” Two Lominy Books authors will be at the book fair this year: Rebecca N. Carmant, author…

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Lip Service is back for a night of POWER! 

Lip Service is back for a night of POWER! You know the crazy power trip someone goes on when they get a fancy uniform? Or the power of society to make us do things in the name of beauty? Come hear these stories. Plus the disempowerment of an arranged marriage; the power of a reluctant dominatrix; and the power of telling the truth. CLICK HERE for TICKETS. Tickets go fast. $15 General. $30 Preferred. (+$5 at the door) Saturday, May 9 Miracle Theater 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables 8 p.m. After party at Books & Books (Fun! Free!)

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Peddling Poets Bike Ride around Miami

On Sunday, April 12, starting at Soundscape Park, musician Taylor Ho Bynum led a group of free-wheeling Peddling Poets who presented site-specific poetry and music on a 16-mile loop, routing through downtown Miami and Miami Beach area, with stops at Miami Circle, The Standard & more. The ride culminated with a 6:15 performance at O, Miami’s Poetry In The Park at SoundScape Park. Featured poets included Adrian Castro, M.J. Fievre (moi!), Michael Hettich, Jen Karetnick, Geoffrey Philp and, in memoriam, Jeffrey Knapp. 3:00pm: opening invocation, Soundscape Park The Acoustic Bicycle Tour Peddling Poets Ride is well under way and adding to Miami’s sonic glory! * * 4:30 – 4:40: M.J.…

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Acoustic Bicycle Tour: Peddling Poets Bike Ride

From April 7-12, 2015, MDC Live Arts presents musician Taylor Ho Bynum in a week-long, in-depth community residency in Miami implementing the philosophies of his Acoustic Bicycle Tour project in an urban setting. In the fall of 2014, Taylor completed an unusual and ambitious project: The Acoustic Bicycle Tour (West Coast), a 5-week, 2000-mile performance journey in which he traveled down the entirety of the West Coast from Canada to Mexico solely by bicycle, presenting concerts along the way and collaborating with 50 different local musicians. The endeavor was an act of composition, a performance art piece, a philosophical statement, a celebration of musical community, and an exercise…

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Miami Beach: Boot Camp for Queer Writers with Jan Becker

On March 28th and 29th, join writer Jan Becker‘s bootcamp for queer writers, an intensive prompt-driven poetry and flash non-fiction workshop. (The term boot camp may sound intimidating, but the only real order is, “permission to write freely.”) This two-day workshop is designed to free writers from their individual closets and get their words down on the page. The fast-paced writing prompts will help disengage writers from the nagging, negative voice that plagues and prevents us from accessing what poet Maria Mazziotti-Gillan calls “the wise person who lives within our bellies.” Workshop participants will need to provide their own writing instruments and paper. Join us Sunday after the workshop at the…

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How to Write a Novel in Six Months: A Workshop in Miami

From Gulf Stream Magazine: Do you have a great story to tell and need to get it on the page as soon as possible? Have you already started writing a novel and can’t see it through to the end? If so, award-winning author John Dufresne has the method that will take you from the first page to the last in less than a year. At the workshop “Writing A Novel in 6 Months,” you’ll learn different writing exercises, how to plan your plots, set goals for yourself, and many other tips that will help you finish the book you’ve always wanted to write. Saturday March 21st from 9:00am…

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A Tribute to Maya Angelou and Ruby Dee, by Suze Guillaume

Opening words at the Tribute to Maya Angelou and Ruby Dee on February 11, 2015, @ Miami Dade College (North Campus) Today I am honored to pay my respect to two phenomenal women. Today we celebrate the lives of Maya and Ruby, not because they are gone but because their work and words will live on forever. Maya Angelou and Ruby Dee created opportunities for little black girls from all over the world to succeed. I get chills knowing that these two beautiful women were activists, poets, play writers, and actors. Dr. Maya Angelou (Marguerite Ann Johnson) was an American author and poet who died on Wednesday May 28, 2014, at…

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BADASS storytellers visit Books & Books in Coral Gables

I read from the BADASS last night at Books & Books (265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables), celebrating the eighth anniversary of Lip Service. Lip Service is a quarterly event that features eight stories, by eight writers, that are only eight minutes long. Books & Books launched the collection of the best stories from the event’s first eight years. The reading featured a night of true stories drawn from the anthology (Badass, Lip Service: True Stories, the Double Album) edited by Lip Service cofounder Andrea Askowitz and published by Lominy Books. Storytellers included Aaron Curtis, M.J. Fievre (that’s me!), Christina Freedman, Inessa Freylekhman, Brenda Mezick, and Esther Martinez. BADASS is a…

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Writing in Non-Traditional Settings: Exchange for Change!

After 4 months in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, teaching Writing to a group of dynamic students, it’s time to say good bye. I’m looking forward to returning to Miami because I’m going to work as a writing instructor for the nonprofit Exchange for Change, recently started by South Florida writer Kathie Klarreich. Echange for Change, which is an outgrowth of a writing exchange that Kathie was doing in the prisons with local universities and high schools, now has a live website! “Although I have spent most of my career as a journalist, working in correctional institutions and partnering with our ‘outside’ classrooms for the last several years has been the most interesting, fulfilling…

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Miami Vs. Orlando

Mark your calendar, Miami: Thursday, November 20, at 6:00pm As Orlando-based Burrow Press expands its 15 Views Anthology Series to the 305, come celebrate the release of 15 Views of Miami with a head-to-head, bracket-style reading that pits Miami and Orlando writers against one another in a veritable inkbath of words. This free event is located at THE SWAMP venue within Miami Book Fair International: Look for the big tent at the southeast corner of N.E. 3rd Street and 2nd Avenue. Presented by Burrow Press. Hosted by 15 Views of Miami Editor Jaquira Díaz. Judged by… you! Repping the 305: J.J. Colagrande, Jennine Capó Crucet, Phillippe Diederich & Ryan…

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