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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Re-Imagining Haiti: from Revolution to Reconstruction

I was a guest at the University of Miami today, along with author Marie Ketsia Theodore-Pharel. Re-Imagining Haiti: from Revolution to Reconstruction. We were invited by Dr. Patricia Saunders. Professor Saunders’s research and scholarship focus largely on the relationship between sexual identity and national identity in Caribbean literature and popular culture. Her work has appeared inThe Bucknell Review, Calabash, Plantation Society in the Americas, The Journal of West Indian Literature and Small Axe. Her first book, titled Alien/Nation and Repatri(n)ation: Caribbean Literature and the Task of Translating Identity will be published by Lexington Books in 2007. This book traces the emergence of literary nationalisms in the Anglophone Caribbean region while mapping these transformations through discourses of…

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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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“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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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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Caribbean Week at Broward College

Haitian Women’s Panel, Southern Breezes, with M.J. Fievre, Ketsia Theodore-Pharel, and Mahalia Solages. Mahalia Solages is the author of two children’s picture books.  Her fiction has appeared on WritingRaw and Onè?Respè? and she’s a regular contributor to Haitianista.  One of her short stories received an honorable mention from Lorian Hemingway. Her ongoing projects include two women’s fiction novels and a young adult book.  Before settling into the study of the literary world, Mahalia received her degree at the New York School of Interior Design, but continued her education at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Florida International University, and Nova University.  She worked as a flight attendant for over…

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Haiti Noir at MOCA

Edwidge Danticat is joined Saturday at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in North Miami for a reading and discussion with contributing writers M.J. Fievre and Marie Ketsia Theodore-Pharel on Saturday, January 22. The event is presented in collaboration with MOCA and Project Medishare. Haiti Noir is an original anthology featuring new stories by Danticat and others, set both before and after Haiti’s devastating earthquake. The inimitable Danticat, one of the truly great contemporary writers, brings her talents as an editor to Haiti Noir, a timely volume featuring stories set both before and after the devastating earthquake.

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Haiti Noir at the Miami International Book Fair

Haiti is an island nation in which the noir genre may feel more like realism. Still, the writers on the panel — Danticat, Mark Kurlansky, M.J. Fievre, and Marie K. Theodore-Pharel — inspired with their ability to craft literature out of Haiti’s darkness and still smile and laugh and galvanize. “The light … is that we have brilliant people writing right now,” Danticat said. Jordan Meinick, Beached Miami

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