Category Archives: Culture

We celebrate Kwanzaa. For the 9th year in a row, we set up a table with the kente fabric, mat, unity cup, 3 ears of corn (for our 3 children. It used to be 1, then 2), basket of fruits … Continue reading

Culture, Kwanzaa

So I’ve been married for 11 years. We are happy. We are safe. Our children laugh often. We laugh sometimes, when we get a moment to ourselves. Yes, we’re what’s considered heteronormal, at least from the outside looking in. But … Continue reading

Culture, love, Mythology

I had my first online interview with fellow Haitian writer Katia Ulysse, sister to the wonderful poet, activist, and anthropology professor Gina Athena Ulysse. Katia did an excellent job of stringing my words together to come with a lyrical narrative. … Continue reading

Culture, Family, Haiti, interview, Writing

So this is what they call “VONA Withdrawal”. I returned this weekend from the Voices at VONA Workshops after school has ended for the year and the darlings are bouncing off the walls, the home is in slight disarray, and … Continue reading

books, Culture, education, Junot Diaz, publishing, VONA, Writing, ZZ Packer

On the surface, I’ve not given much thought to Rihanna’s “Man Down” and Beyonce’s Global Girl Power crusade. But as I gear up to start another summer of the Daughters of Anacaona Writing Project, I better spruce up on my … Continue reading

Culture, Ezili, Mythology, teen girls, Vodou