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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“So Spoke the Earth” at Libreri Mapou

On January 27, 2013, the contributors of  SO SPOKE THE EARTH were at Libreri Mapou, 5919 Northeast 2nd Avenue Miami, FL 33137, to read from the multilingual anthology of literature about Haiti. SO SPOKE THE EARTH 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), the book features the accounts of both Haitian and non-Haitian writers and their attempts to grapple with the impact left on them by their personal experiences with the island-nation. Through various narratives and poems, the literary legacy and unique history of the…

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Remembering 01/12/10

Remembering January 12, 2010: A Multi-Lingual Presentation. Books & Books, in Coral Gables. Saturday, January 12, 2013, at 7 PM. FOCUS ON HAITI: On January 12, 2010, in Haiti, there was a terrible noise of earth shaking and houses cracking. And then the cries of men and women, and a great dust cloud taking Port-au-Prince in its fist. On January 12, 2013, the Women Writers of Haitian Descent, Inc. were be at Books & Books, in Coral Gables, to read from the Haiti anthology SO SPOKE THE EARTH. SO SPOKE THE EARTH is a multilingual anthology of literature about Haiti that explores its past, present and future as…

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“So Spoke the Earth” at Books & Books

Saturday, Dec 15, 2012. 7:00 pm. Books & Books, in Coral Gables. Many came to meet literary legend Edwidge Danticat as she read from SO SPOKE THE EARTH, an anthology edited by M.J. Fievre and the Women Writers of Haitian Descent. Other readers included Kathie Klarreich, Liliane Nerette-Louis, and Ketsia Theodore-Pharel. Hosted by M.J. Fievre and Mahalia Solages. FOCUS ON HAITI: SO SPOKE THE EARTH is a multilingual anthology of literature about Haiti that explores its past, present and future as experienced by its diverse inhabitants—both native and non-native—over the past four decades. Featuring the accounts of both Haitian and non-Haitian writers and their attempts to grapple with…

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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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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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