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This lecture was an extension of my 2013-14 graduate thesis for the MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts. I spent two years studying middle grade and Young Adult fiction that either … Continue reading

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I delivered the keynote address to the 2016 graduating class of Brownsville Academy High School. BAHS was featured on the news a few years ago for the innovative art program. BAHS is also a “last chance” high school, or “over-age, … Continue reading

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I was floored by this one. And it sent me over the moon. Simultaneously. I first discovered Edwidge Danticat’s Krik? Krak! in an Afrocentric book store in Green Acres Mall near my hometown of Cambria Heights, Queens. It was 1998 … Continue reading

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I really don’t know how blurbs from authors affect readers’ perception of any book. But as a debut author, they mean a whole lot to me. It means a hat tip and a nod of approval from fellow writers, comrades … Continue reading

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I’ll be slowly unveiling of the beautiful cover of AMERICAN STREET, due out everywhere on February 14, 2017–Valentine’s Day. Of course, it’s a love story, and then some! Every inch of the cover tells a story, including the white space. … Continue reading

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This story… If I didn’t post, tweet, or blog about it, I squeezed it into this book. ‪#‎sayhername‬ ‪#‎blackgirlmagic‬ (literally) ‪#‎HaitiLovesDetroit‬ ‪#‎HaitiLovesFlint‬ ‪#‎HaitiLovesNOLA‬ From Publisher’s Weekly: Alessandra Balzer at HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray has preempted author Ibi Zoboi’s YA debut, American … Continue reading

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I wrote a guest post for an amazing new blog started by some equally amazing librarians and children’s book experts in the field–Reading While White. I really wanted to address a recent debate sparked by an award-winning YA author, but … Continue reading

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I am so excited about this story, of course! And I’m proud to be working with editor extraordinaire, Andrew Karre of Dutton Young Readers/Penguin, who helped usher into the world NO CRYSTAL STAIR: A DOCUMENTARY NOVEL OF THE LIFE AND WORK … Continue reading

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A degree in basket weaving… This is supposed to be a metaphor for a useless degree—a degree that will reap no financial rewards whatsoever. There’s an art to basket weaving, of course. In fact, I own many baskets, like the colorful … Continue reading

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Here’s the second event for the Brooklyn Blossoms Book Club! I love the idea of a U.N. sanctioned International Day of the Girl (October 11th).  This brings to light all the atrocities that girls are facing around the world. I … Continue reading

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Mom of the month?! Okay. I’ll take that. Though this was part of the mater mea feature. I do feel special, however. No impostor syndrome here. I deserve all accolades. I used to type while nursing. That involves some serious … Continue reading

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Author Sarah McCarry of the wonderful blog The Rejectionist interviewed me about my new literacy initiative, the Brooklyn Blossoms Book Club. August 31st will be the inaugural event with guest author Rita Williams-Garcia and her new middle grade novel, P.S. … Continue reading

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One Moore Book, a new publishing company launched by Watetu Moore, just released the Haiti Series.  Six Haitian authors were enlisted to write original picture book stories.  Among the authors are myself, Katia D. Ulysse, Cybille St. Aude, M.J. Fievre, … Continue reading

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Research trip to Haiti came and went, and what a journey it was!  I write about it on Voices from Haiti.  A site started by fellow Haitian writer and friend, Katia Ulysses.  There is a saying in Kreyòl: Sa w … Continue reading

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Or 9 reasons.  If you know anything about low-residency MFAs, or grad school in general for that matter, than you know what that 40 thousand number means.  But 9 is a nice round number (think pregnancy).  It’s brimming with potential … Continue reading

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I’m a writer. So every little adventure, conversation with a stranger, excursion into the unknown is part of research for some project. Bertha Rogers–one of the spunkiest, most energetic people I’ve ever met–invited me up to Treadwell, NY to read … Continue reading

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Here’s the cover to the Summer 2010 Daughers of Anacaona Writing Project collection of poems. Cover design by the wonderful Joseph Zoboi. Edwidge Danticat wrote a beautiful letter to the particpants. I’ll be presenting it on Friday, October 29th at … Continue reading

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Originally posted on June 25 on my Kickstarter project page. It was obvious that the young ladies could not contain their excitement. After lunch, I gathered 3 and 4 at a time for some group photos to be included in … Continue reading

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Originally posted on June 24 on my Kickstarter project page. Guetchline started the session off with another name game. It was clear that the girls were very excited and had already bonded with one another. Some girls came to me … Continue reading

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Posts from my Kickstarter Project. I am thrilled to see that we’ve surpassed our goal! Thank you to each one of you. Please continue to spread the word. We’re in our final hours and we still need to raise the … Continue reading

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The Daughters of Anacaona Writing Project was launched in 2008 and was awarded a grant in Literature/Writing from the Brooklyn Arts Council and partnered with Dwa Fanm, Inc. (“Women’s Rights” in Kreyol) during the summer of 2009. DAWP is a … Continue reading

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