Writing Haiti: Myth, Culture, and Creativity

On April 9, if you happen to be in Vermont, don’t miss a lecture by Haitian writer Jessica (M.J.) Fievre. “Writing Haiti: Myth, Culture, and Creativity” will be held at 7 p.m. in the St. Edmund’s Hall Farrell Room (#315) at Saint Michael College. Born in Port-au-Prince, Fievre is the author of several mystery novels and children’s books in French. She edited an anthology released by Women Writers of Haitian Descent. and a Sliver of Stone magazine nonfiction anthology. Her short stories, poems and children’s book in English have been widely published as well. Sponsored by the Campus Events Committee, Department of Modern Languages & Literature, the Center for…

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Vona/Voices and Dismantle Launch Party at AWP

Dismantle: An Anthology of Writing from the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop “VONA has been an astonishingly rich source of great talent and brilliant work. This anthology bursts from that deep well. It is essential work from important writers.” –Luis Alberto Urrea, author of Into the Beautiful North, The Devil’s Highway, The Hummingbird’s Daughter and other books. The first ever VONA/Voices anthology, Dismantle, includes creative work from established and new authors who have either taught at VONA, or are alumni of the program. Over 55 prose and poetry writers are included in an attempt to capture the range of VONA voices. Keeping with the community spirit of VONA, work from Pulitzer Prize and…

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FIU Writers Conference 2013

A note from Les Standiford, Director of the Creative Program at Florida International University [The] most illustrious lineup ever has been finalized for the 2013 FIU Writers’ Conference at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, October 24-25. Dennis Lehane, author of Mystic River, Gone, Baby, Gone, The Given Day, and many more, will be with us as keynote speaker and craft lecturer. Also confirmed for 2013 are the following:  Agent—Kim Witherspoon, Inkwell Management of NYC; Editor—accomplished poet and writer Dan Halpern, Editor in Chief, Ecco (a division of Harper Collins); Screenplays & Thrillers—John Katzenbach (The Wrong Man, What Comes Next).  They will join FIU faculty members Les Standiford…

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M.J. Fievre Talks Flash!

Flash NON-Fiction, a creative writing workshop led by the widely published, Miami-based M.J. Fievre, runs eight weeks and starts on Tuesday, September 17, at the Center for Literature and Theater. Visit their website or call 305.237.3023 for more information. Deadline to register is September 6. What is the average length of flash nonfiction and where is it usually published? What journals or other media?  The word count for flash pieces (also called short-shorts) varies tremendously from one market to the next. Some magazines, such as Nano Fiction, only publish work that is 300 words or fewer, while others will consider stories as long as 1,300 words. Brevity Magazine (one of my personal…

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Nonfiction Workshop with MJ

Writers looking to fine-tune their skills with the help some of Miami’s best writers can take advantage of a series of workshops The Center for Literature and Theater @ Miami Dade College  is presenting starting September. The topics covered include everything from flash nonfiction to writing a novel “the TV way.” The featured writing teachers are David Beaty, whose short story “Ghosts” was included in The Best American Mystery Stories, 2000; M.J. Fievre (that’s me! that’s me!) , whose short stories in English have appeared in Haiti Noir (Akashic Books, 2011) and The Beautiful Anthology (TNB, 2012);  Anjanette Delgado, whose first novel The Heartbreak Pill won Best Romance in English…

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04.13.13 O, Miami! Trilingual Poetry Workshop at MAM

O, Miami! Alongside poets Nick Vagnoni and Yaddyra Peralta, I conducted a free ekphrastic poetry workshop on April 13 at the Miami Art Museum (MAM) located at 101 W. Flagler St., Miami, FL 33130. For more info about O, Miami, check out this Poem in Video. (You have to scroll down a bit and click the ARROW button!) Also, check out my That’s So Miami poem: “At the Gas Station”

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April 13: Free Ekphrastic Poetry Workshop

O, Miami! Along with poets Nick Vagnoni (English) and Yaddyra Peralta (Spanish), I’m going to conduct a FREE ekphrastic poetry workshop (in Creole) on April 13  at the Miami Art Museum (MAM) located at 101 W. Flagler St., Miami, FL 33130. The first session is at 1pm, and the second on at 3 o’clock. Did I mention it’s free? First-come, first-serve!

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Register Now! Brevity in Nonfiction

I will be teaching a class for Lip Service: True Stories Out Loud. It’s a Flash Nonfiction workshop. Class meets 8 Thursday nights, 7:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. at our North Campus at Sweat Records, Miami. 5505 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33137. Start date:  April 25, 2013.  To register go to the Miami Foundation.  Click here:  https://www.miamifoundation.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=298. From the Select a Designation drop-down menu, choose:  The Lip Service Stories Fund. Donate $240. Here’s a description of the class: Flash Nonfiction is an exciting and nuanced genre full of possibilities and surprises; it encourages writers to be concerned about economy, to be deliberate over word choice.  The pieces, though…

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03/16/13 CarnaFam

CarnaFam: First annual exotic fusion of Books, Music, Arts and Food promoting the Haitian culture. This event was held at ArtServe, 1350 East Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale CarnaFam welcomed over 12 writers, including M.J. Fievre. Entertainment by the King of Deep Roots, Pokito. Art exhibit by Louis Louissaint, Kristo Nicolas, and Robert Sylvain. Exotic food pavilion sponsored by the Haitian Culinary Alliance.

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VONA Residency in Coral Gables, FL

As the only multi-genre workshop for writers of color in the nation, VONA provides developing writers a place where they can explore their craft in an atmosphere of support and understanding, where they can exchange with great writers ideas and inspirations, where they can gain empowerment to move from VONA to a writer’s life with authority and confidence. VONA was founded by Elmaz Abinader, Junot Díaz, Victor Diaz and Diem Jones in 1999 at the University of San Francisco.

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FIU Alumni Reading

Reading at Books & Books (Coral Gables, FL) by the fabulous alumni of Florida International University’s M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing, featuring Jennifer Ammon, Jen Bartman, Cecila Fernandez, M.J. Fievre, Nick Garnett, Diane Marshall, Molly McGreevy, Alexis Sellas, and Norma Watkins. Some of the readers: Jennifer Ammon has an MFA in Creative Writing from Florida International University in Miami. She was the recipient of the graduate creative nonfiction award at the 2008 FIU Literary Awards Competition. Jennifer recently finished a novel, A GIRL FROM OHIO. Cecilia Fernandez is an independent journalist with a passion for Cuban literature. Her work has appeared in Accent Miami, Upstairs at the Duroc, Vista Magazine,…

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Caribbean Week at Broward College

Haitian Women’s Panel, Southern Breezes, with M.J. Fievre, Ketsia Theodore-Pharel, and Mahalia Solages. Mahalia Solages is the author of two children’s picture books.  Her fiction has appeared on WritingRaw and Onè?Respè? and she’s a regular contributor to Haitianista.  One of her short stories received an honorable mention from Lorian Hemingway. Her ongoing projects include two women’s fiction novels and a young adult book.  Before settling into the study of the literary world, Mahalia received her degree at the New York School of Interior Design, but continued her education at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Florida International University, and Nova University.  She worked as a flight attendant for over…

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Reading at Luna Star

Sir Archibald Whistler V (and his squires) presents THE HONEST LIARS CLUB! Tuesday, March 1st, 8:00 pm Luna Star Cafe (775 125th st. North Miami – across from MOCA) CASH ONLY at the Luna Star, no cover. Alcohol will be available for purchase and there is an emergency exit on the facility, should it be needed. Family and friends are encouraged to attend, enemies optional.

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