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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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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M.J. Fievre on the Marc Bernier Show

On Wednesday, I discussed the release of my memoir, A Sky the Color of Chaos, on The Marc Bernier Show. The show airs weekdays from 3-6 p.m. on 93.5FM/1150AM WNDB Daytona Beach, Florida. A recording of the show is now posted on Marc’s website. A Sky the Color of Chaos 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, from when I was eight-years-old to eighteen, Haiti’s government changed forms eight times; the Haitian people endured fraudulent elections, three military coups,…

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Tragedians, by Katia D. Ulysse

Poverty is like an engagement ring: expensive but obligatory. Necessary. The world would be bleak without it. Poverty gives birth to thriving institutions that are immune to failure. Poverty is a lottery with the largest payout in history. Poverty is exotic. Poverty, like clean water, is indispensable. The engineers of this flourishing institution will kill to maintain its integrity. Tragedy brings shame and hopelessness to those under its crushing hooves. To others, it brings pleasure and conceit. Tragedy is an insatiable lover that rouses lust like dust in a storm, choking the air, clogging nostrils, and blinding eyes. Tragedy is irresistible. Poverty dances on some tongues like bubbles…

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Adieu, February! (A recap)

Adieu, February! Together, we paid A Tribute to Maya Angelou and Ruby Dee, “not because they are gone but because their work and words will live on forever.” (Suze Guillaume) Fans of both flash fiction and the noir genre welcomed A Father First, a gripping tale by Hector Duarte Jr. An Angel on the Other Side of the Border, a story by Marylin Laurent, brought us a moving and authentic perspective on the deep-rooted tensions between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Jerry Ambroise said it best: “I thought [this story] to be as nuanced as reality is. The truth is never black or white. It’s those who see…

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Katia D. Ulysse reads “Take a Picture”

Listen to Katia D. Ulysse read her story “Take a Picture.” Katia D. Ulysse was born in Haiti, and moved to the United States as a teen. Her writings have been published in numerous literary journals, including the Caribbean Writer, Meridians, Calabash,Peregrine, and Smartish Pace, among others. Her work has also appeared inThe Butterfly’s Way and Haiti Noir. Her first children’s book, Fabiola Can Count, was published in 2013. Ulysse lives in Maryland with her husband and daughter. When she’s not reading, writing fiction, gardening, or teaching, she blogs on VoicesfromHaiti.com. Drifting is her first book of fiction.    

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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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Sheree L. Greer on Her 5 Favorite Books

from Sheree L. Greer, author of Once and Future Lovers I approached this challenge – and it most certainly is a challenge to choose five books and deem them favorites – in a really haphazard sort of way. I walked around my house, scanned my bookshelves, then sat on my couch, closed my eyes, and ran through a bunch of titles and memories of books both loved and thrown across the room (I literally throw books I dislike across the room). I opened my eyes and took to my journal, listing as fast as I could five books I felt I loved. I decided, before scribbling the titles,…

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The Next Big Thing: A Haitian Childhood

As part of ‘The Next Big Thing Blog Hop,’  I was tagged by Sheree L. Greer, talented author of the short story collection Once and Future Lovers, and whose work has appeared in Best Lesbian Romance 2012. The purpose of this hop is to expose folks to writers whose work perhaps they haven’t heard of, whether a new release (story, novel, novella, etc) or a Work in Progress (WIP). According to the rules of the hop, I will be answering some questions (the same ones for every other blog hopper) about either my newest release or my WIP and then at the bottom of the post, I’ll list a writer who…

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One Moore Book: The Haiti Series

My trilingual children’s book, I am Riding, is getting published by One Moore Book as part of the Haiti Series, a collection of six stories that feature the vibrant culture and people of the Republic of Haiti! The  launch will be an art exhibition featuring illustrators of the Haiti Series, including Edouard Duval Carrie. See you in New York on the 26th of January (flyer at the end of this entry). Enjoy this interview with Wayétu Moore, Co-founder and Publisher of One Moore Book, a company that produces and publishes stories for children of countries with low literacy rates. She received her BA in journalism from Howard University, and her MA…

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