The Whimsical Project
the art and literary blog of M.J. Fievre
The Whimsical Project
Welcome to The Whimsical Project, the art and literary blog of internationally-recognized writer, editor, educator, translator, and entrepreneur, Michèle-Jessica (M.J.) Fièvre. The Whimsical project is a bit fanciful, a whole lot of fun, and filled with diverse, entertaining, informative and thought-provoking content.
“I’ve been an active member of South Florida’s writing community for 20+ years – as a writer, editor, and publisher. As a creative writing coach, I can guide you to a richer writing life. I’m committed to good writing. I speak of radical commitment: fierce, stark, and relentless.”
Wimsicalit: An Unfolding Magazine
Unfolding, because we highlight one writer at a time. Consider this a conduit for disruption, a space for discussion, reflection. We seek quality writing (and art) filled with surprise, mystery, and structural and emotional complexity. Our mission is to publish new talent, and to highlight established writers from the unique regions of South Florida, the Caribbean, and from the nebulous zone of the Caribbean diaspora. Whimsical? Yes. We’re eclectic too.
``I submitted my story to Tin House Summer Workshop (I got in!) and to the University of Edinburgh 1-Year MSc Creative Writing Program (I’ll be attending this Fall!). Thank you for helping me steer that story in the right direction.”
“I cannot thank you enough. Not just for the translation of the poem, which is beautiful, but for your kind words and reflection.”
“Both the stories you edited for me lately have gotten picked up. I need to send you all my stories, obviously!”
Andrea AskowitzCoral Gables
``You always exceed my expectations.``
Haiti: A Feast of Women's Voices
Despite the many limitations and expectations placed on women by Haitian society, women writers are finding their voices, inspiring others, and changing the way the world thinks about the motherland. Through poetry and prose, these authors have broken free of cultural limitations and the (un)conscious biases that sometimes keep women from the transgressive act of writing honestly about their lived and inherited experiences. They explore various post-colonial themes, with topics ranging from family turmoil and personal struggles, to political and social warfare.
A Sky the Color of Chaos
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 in neighborhood streets. During the late 1980s and 90s, from when M.J. was eight-years-old to eighteen, Haiti’s government changed forms eight times; the Haitian people endured fraudulent elections, three military coups, a crippling embargo, and a United Nations occupation.
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.