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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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 the late 1980s and 90s, from when Fievre was eight-years-old to 18, Haiti’s government changed forms eight times; the Haitian people endured fraudulent elections, three military coups, a crippling embargo, and a United Nations occupation. On Saturday, November 21st, and Sunday, November 22, you have six (6) opportunities to meet MJ in connection…

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Miami Book Fair International: All That Glitters

“All That Glitters panel with M.J. Fievre, Jan Becker, Nicholas Garnett, Andrea Askowitz, Evelina Galang, Fabienne Josaphat: You can find gold in all that glitters and all that does not. And that panel was full of some of South Florida’s best non-fiction. Such fresh, stunning and powerful work!” —Jennifer M. McCauley, Florida Book Review “Garnett read parts of his story, All That Glitters, about a former boss, Mr. Dennis. Garnett teasingly stopped reading when Mr. Dennis’s life is in jeopardy at the hands—arm, in this case—of another, who is crushing Mr. Dennis’s throat. The cliffhanger sent me downstairs to get my own copy of All That Glitters and get it signed.”…

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Booyah! M.J. is going to Hollywood

Hum… not quite yet. But now that I can officially add scriptwriter to my resume, I feel electric and alive. (Scroll down for links to the films) Over the summer, I wrote two short movie scripts for the University of Miami, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health: Get Tested and Get Vaccinated. The films educate the Little Haiti community about cervical cancer and the HPV vaccine. In the United States, about 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year. Out of these 12,000 women, about 4,000 die from the disease. Women ages 18 to 64 have a 60% risk of getting cervical cancer. So, yeah, we needed…

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Writing tips from accomplished Haitian writers and poets

Last year, I asked various Haitian literary masters for some tips about writing. Now I’m sharing their secrets with you. KEEP A NOTEBOOK The absolute best writing practice for me is to keep a notebook at all times. Writing does not end when I turn off my computer. Plotting, character development, and dialogue—all happen throughout the course of the day… and night. So when I get an idea I immediately write it down, which in turn motivates me to write. This has really helped me overcome writer’s block. Ibi Aanu Zoboi I like journaling whether early in the morning or in the evening. Mahalia Solages When you’re down…

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