On Friday, October 29th, Haiti Cultural Exchange hosted An’n Pale (“let’s talk” in Kreyol)/Cafe Conversations at SHOP TALK ART in Fort Greene, Brooklyn where I discussed the Daughters of Anacaona Writing Project and presented the culminating anthology.
Poet Jennifer Celestin helped me read some of the translated pieces along with some members from the audience. Each of the 19 girls in Haiti wrote some truly powerful pieces that translated very well into English with the help of Maryse Roumain and Rachel Perry Keiffer. HCX Executive Director, Regine Roumain, read an excerpt from Edwidge Danticat’s letter. The audience asked me some questions about the girls in Brooklyn and Haiti, how this experience has changed me, and what would I change about the project. There was a great discussion on education in Haiti, the importance of grounding young people in culture.
Ultimately, the talk was very well attended, and the whole project including the partnership with HCX was a huge success.