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Welcome to the Whimsical Project

Welcome to the Whimsical Project, the art and literary blog of expat writer Michèle-Jessica (M.J.) Fièvre. The author of A Sky the Color of Chaos, M.J. writes from Miami. She is the author of A Sky the Color of Chaos. Stories… they keep you going: All the way this way—then the other way. “Your blog is a mitzvah. Thanks for…

ReadCaribbean Program at the Miami Book Fair

Miami has emerged as the unofficial crossroads of the Caribbean, which is why the Fair has always included the most prominent writers from the region. This year, the Fair formalizes this focus by establishing ReadCaribbean, a program featuring extensive Caribbean-specific events, including readings and panel discussions, children’s writers to inspire young readers, book signings, storytelling…

Whimsicalit: An Unfolding Magazine

(Last updated on 11/15/16) Whimsicalit’s mission is to discover new talents and acknowledge established writers with either a connection to Haiti or ties to South Florida.  We call ourselves an “unfolding magazine” because we showcase one writer or artist at a time. We may be published—well—whimsically, but we take quality very seriously when accepting poems, interviews,…

A Sky the Color of Chaos: A Memoir

(Last updated on 12/22/16) M.J. is the author of A Sky the Color of Chaos. (Order an autographed copy here!) A Sky the Color of Chaos chronicles M.J.’s childhood during the turbulent rise and fall of Haiti’s President-Priest, Jean-Bertrand Aristide – a time of nightly shootings, home invasions, robberies, and the burning of former regime members…

Announcing the 2016 Caribbean Series

(Last updated on 07/11/16) 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…

Haiti: A Feast of Women Voices

(Last updated on 11/09/16) Dear readers, In the dyaspora, contemporary women writers of Haitian descent are changing the way the world thinks about the motherland. Through their fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, these authors explore various post-colonial themes, with topics ranging from family turmoil and personal struggles, to political and social warfare. Do you like The Whimsical Project? Support us! Women Writers of Haitian…

So Whimsical: Blog Posts & Articles

Updated on 02/08/16 Among other things, I write about political mayhem and exile, the limits of language, cultural identity, tradition and religion, sexual identity and feminism, family and domestic violence, divorce, bipolarity, PTSD, guilt, suicide, and so on. I also write about writing, of course. Please stay tuned. 02.08.16 Hair with Potential (about the politics of hair in…

Acknowledgements (now that the hardest part is over!)

Yes, my memoir, A Sky the Color of Chaos (Beating Windward Press, 2015), is available for pre-order! The book chronicles my childhood during the turbulent rise and fall of Haiti’s President-Priest, Jean-Bertrand Aristide—a time of nightly shootings, home invasions, robberies, and the burning of former regime members in neighborhood streets. During the late 1980s and 90s,…

Praise for A Sky the Color of Chaos

“M.J. Fievre’s powerful memoir A Sky The Color of Chaos is a vivid, lyric account of the perils of growing up in Haiti. It brings the headlines to the heart and leaves an indelible mark on the mind.” — Dan Wakefield, author of New York in the Fifties *** “The imagery in A Sky the…

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…

Press Release: “A Sky the Color of Chaos”

Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: A Sky the Color of Chaos Humanizes the Headlines of Haiti’s Violent 1990s. Orlando, FL, September 12, 2015 – Beating Windward announces the publication of the memoir, A Sky the Color of Chaos by Haitian-American author M.J. Fievre. It is a 180-page memoir and will be published in December of…

A Sky the Color of Chaos @ The Miami Book Fair

M.J. Fievre’s memoir, A Sky the Color of Chaos (Beating Windward, 2015) will be featured at the Miami Book Fair International. The book chronicles M.J.’s childhood during the turbulent rise and fall of Haiti’s President-Priest, Jean-Bertrand Aristide—a time of nightly shootings, home invasions, robberies, and the burning of former regime members in neighborhood streets. During…

And, please, roll that R: M.J. Fievre on the Only in Miami Show

Yesterday, I was a guest on the Only in Miami Show, hosted by Grant Stern every Monday night, from 7 to 9pm, on 880am The Biz in the South Florida Market and on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, Tune-in Radio and iHeartRadio. The interview is available here. We discussed Haiti, and the release of my memoir, A Sky the Color of…