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. Do you like The Whimsical Project? Support us! Danielle Legros-Georges, poet Women Writers of Haitian Descent Across the Web From familiar publications like the New Yorker to lesser-known online outlets like My Brown…

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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 Color of Chaos is spellbinding. This uncompromisingly honest story will break even those hearts carved out of stone. Unfathomable violence and brazen impunity, shattered innocence and sensuality, determination and defiance, death and self-discovery glide gracefully across the pages in polished prose. The narrative is soul-searing, compelling, necessary, unforgettable, and commands complete attention. This…

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Recorded Event: Haiti Noir

Check out the recorded event, Haiti Noir: The Classics, featuring Edwidge Danticat, Marie Ketsia Theodore-Pharel, and M.J. Fievre. M.J. contributed to the original best-selling Haiti Noir (Akashic Books, 2011), which comprised all new stories by today’s best Haitian authors. The new volume (Haiti Noir II: The Classics) collects the true classics of Haitian literature—both short stories and excerpts from longer works—and will be an integral piece to the understanding of how Haitian culture has evolved over the past fifty years. Editor Edwidge Danticat, one of the most respected Haitian writers, has a well-deserved sterling reputation, and here she follows on the success of the original first volume. M.J. was invited…

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Haiti Noir: The Classics

Since the other day I’ve been raving about “Dark Days in Port-au-Prince,” an exquisite corpse style story—a serial story in which each participant builds off of what the previous participants have written, to create an original piece of fiction with a decidedly dark tone. The story was published on Akashic Books‘ website to celebrate the release of Haiti Noir 2: The Classics, edited by Edwidge Danticat.  I was one of the contributors to “Dark Days in Port-au-Prince.” In fact, the six-part story is still online. The last installment will be published on February 7th. Writers include Roxane Gay, M.J. Fievre, Ibi Aanu Zoboi, Katia D. Ulysse, Josaphat-Robert Large, and Edwidge Danticat herself! Well, Edwidge asked me to…

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Dark Days in Port-au-Prince

To celebrate the release of Haiti Noir 2: The Classics, edited by Edwidge Danticat, Akashic Books asked contributors from both of their Haiti Noir volumes to participate in an exquisite corpse style story—a serial story in which each participant builds off of what the previous participants have written—to create an original piece of fiction with a decidedly dark tone. Check back each Friday through February 7th for a new installment of this six-part short story with sections from Roxane Gay, M.J. Fievre, Ibi Aanu Zoboi, Katia D. Ulysse, Josaphat-Robert Large, and Edwidge Danticat! This second installment of Dark Days in Port-au-Prince comes from Haiti Noir contributor M.J. Fievre. It appears TODAY, Friday, January 10, on www.akashicbooks.com. The plot thickens!

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Exquisite Corpse: Haiti Noir

To celebrate the release of Haiti Noir 2: The Classics, edited by Edwidge Danticat, Akashic Books asked contributors from both of their Haiti Noir volumes to participate in an exquisite corpse style story—a serial story in which each participant builds off of what the previous participants have written—to create an original piece of fiction with a decidedly dark tone. Check back each Friday through February 7th for a new installment of this six-part short story with sections from Roxane Gay, M.J. Fievre, Ibi Aanu Zoboi, Katia D. Ulysse, Josaphat-Robert Large, and Edwidge Danticat! This first installment of Dark Days in Port-au-Prince comes from Haiti Noir 2: The Classics contributor Roxane Gay. It appears TONIGHT, Friday, January 3, on…

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End of Year Review: 2013 Caribbean Children’s and YA Books Continue Self-Publishing Trend

End of Year Review 2013 — Children’s and YA Books. My friends Ibi Zoboi, Edwidge Danticat, Katia D. Ulysse, and Maureen Boyer are included. So am I (for my book, I Am Riding)! More info here. 1. Lizzy Lizard by Robin Boasman (PB) 2. Look Back! by Trish Cooke (PB) 3. Bolo the Monkey by Jonathan Burke (PB) 4. Kafiya Meets the Moon by Janet Campbell (PB) 5. Flowers in the Sky by Lynn Joseph (YA) 6. A Song for Bijou by Josh Farrar (YA) 7. The Last Mapou by Edwidge Danticat (PB) 8. Janjak and Freda Go to the Iron Market by Elizabeth Turnbull (PB) 9. Serafina’s Promise by…

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Miami Book Fair International: Haiti Noir, the Classics

Jan Becker, on The Florida Book Review: Sunday, Nov. 24, 1:05 PM I stopped at the Akashic Books booth to see MJ Fievre who was signing their anthology Haiti Noir. That’s when I spied Edwidge Danticat, in the back of the booth, checking her phone. “Oh my God, MJ,” I squealed, “that’s Edwidge Danticat!” “Would you like me to take her picture with you?” MJ asked me. I don’t think I answered audibly, just nodded emphatically. Danticat is a gracious person. She posed for the photo with me, and listened to me babble at her about my enthusiasm for her non-fiction book  Create Dangerously, which I’ve just finished reading. She posed,…

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Andrea’s Guide to the Miami Book Fair International

A note from writer Andrea Askowitz: If anyone cares, here are the authors I’m going to hear.  There are so many great things I’m missing, but here are some highlights. SATURDAY, November 23 11:00:  Joyce Maynard reading from her new book, After Her.  She is my good friend and mentor.  Also a great, great storyteller, so whatever she does is entertaining.  Room 8301 (Bldg. 8, 3rd floor). 1:00:  Authors I don’t know who have written about dead authors that I love, David Foster Wallace and Sylvia Plath.  Room 7128 (Bldg.7, 1st floor). 3:30:  Joe Clifford reading from Junkie Love, which has a bunch of true stories Joe told a Lip Service.  Joe is my ex-Lip…

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Uncovering All That Glitters

The Florida Book Review | Published on : October 27 2013 | Christine Morando Click here to read the original article There’s been some hemming and hawing in Florida for the past few years that university graduates aren’t sticking around the state in high enough numbers after they’ve collected their degrees. Luckily for Miami’s literary scene, several graduates of Florida International University’s creative writing MFA program have stuck around, and they’ve been busy building on the already bustling Miami literary scene, developing new avenues for publication and support for writers in and outside of South Florida. On Saturday, October 12, I joined a nearly full house gathered at Books & Books in Coral Gables to hear…

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What’s in store for the future of Haiti’s literature?

Check out this article by Kat, blogger at Kreyolicious.com! She approached several experts about the future of Haitian literature: Dr. Martin Munroe, Director of the Winthrop-King Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone Studies and a professor of French at Florida State University “I feel there is a more dynamic relation between Haiti and the diaspora, and between Haitian authors inside and outside of the country.” Elsie Augustave, author of The Roving Tree “Literature is definitely a reflection of life.” M.J. Fievre, author of half a dozen books and editor of the anthology So Spoke the Earth “On a thematic level, Haitian literature remains static. Haitian writers continue to…

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Miami’s Literary Genius

After Edwidge Danticat singled me out in a recent New York Times interview, I was glad to offer my perspective on her work for an article in the Miami New Times. Below are links to read the article, written by Benjy Kaplan, in three different formats. Here’s how it looked in the paper (story on page 28): http://www.miaminewtimes.com/flipbook/august-2013-3757238/ Here’s that same version online: http://www.miaminewtimes.com/2013-08-29/culture/edwidge-danticat-novel-claire-of-sea-light/ And here is an expanded version that the Miami New Times ran on its blog: http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/cultist/2013/08/edwidge_danticat.php

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Shout-out from Edwidge Danticat

There was a generous mention of me in Edwidge Danticat’s NY Times Book Review interview this month. It read: “Someone who writes extremely well both in French and English is Jessica Fièvre, who published her first novel in Haiti when she was 16 and has since written six more. She now lives in South Florida and has just completed a memoir in English.” I was truly touched by Danticat’s kind words.    

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“So Spoke the Earth” at the 2012 Miami Book Fair International

Miami Book Fair International. Saturday, Nov. 17, 10:30 a.m., Batten (Building 2, 1st Floor, Room 2106). “So Spoke the Earth: Giving Haiti a Voice” panel with Joanne Hyppolite, Edwidge Danticat, Liliane Nerette-Louis, Mahalia Solages, Chantalle Francesca Verna, and Marie Ketsia Theodore-Pharel. Moderated by M.J. Fievre, FIU alumna. ABOUT “So Spoke the Earth”: Edited by M.J. Fievre, this multilingual anthology of literature about Haiti explores the country’s past, present and future as experienced by its diverse inhabitants over the past four decades. Presenting each work in its original language (English, French, and Haitian Creole), SO SPOKE THE EARTH features the accounts of both Haitian and non-Haitian writers and their…

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