Category Archives: Writing

I’ve been going to Kreyolicious.com for all things Haitian for quite some time now. I love their Haiti 101 series. It’s a site that caters to young Haitians in the diaspora who want to connect to their culture, history, and … Continue reading

Haiti, interview, Writing
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Excerpt from interview: You’re currently studying as an MFA student in Writing for Children & Young Adults at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. How important is pre–qualification in our field? I don’t think there is such a thing as … Continue reading

Anansesem, interview, Writing
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I am a finalist for the New Visions Award presented by Tu Books and Lee & Low Books. “The NEW VISIONS AWARD will be given for a middle grade or young adult fantasy, science fiction, or mystery novel by a … Continue reading

Awards, New Visions Award, Tu Books, Writing
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Humor me, please.  Here I will list my fears of the “Dark Island” (a play on the infamous “Dark Continent” references that were so prevalent in American literature & film).  And humor is the best way to deal with what … Continue reading

Awards, Gede, Haiti, memory is a muscle, Mythology, Research, Vodou, Writing
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I’ve spent long stretches of time over the summer writing & reading & thinking & studying–seated in front of my computer, sometimes moving from the couch, dining room, office, and back for a change of scenery.  I may have a … Continue reading

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Eleven years ago, I attended the Clarion West Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop in Seattle.  Six weeks, seventeen writers, six instructors.  It’s been said we’re the only Clarion West class who have had the most profressional publications.  Needless to say, … Continue reading

Clarion West, e-pub, Octavia Butler, published, publishing, short story, workshops, Writing
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My short story, “The Muralist”, is up on Expanded Horizons.  I wanted to practice “voice” when I first started writing this story–the word choice, the pacing, the tone, rhythm of the story.  It’s a ghost story told in the point … Continue reading

published, short story, Writing
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Laylah Amatullah Barrayn curated this exhibit at the Restoration Plaza’s Skylight Gallery– “Her Word As Witness: Women Writers of the African Diaspora.” Yep. Amazing. So Laylah asked me to be a part of the show. After hearing who else she … Continue reading

art, Edwidge Danticat, exhibition, Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, photography, Tananarive Due, women writers, Writing
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Yes, I write speculative fiction. Some of it is feminist and some of it is not. I explain why (among other things) in my guest blog post on The Rejectionist. Needless to say, I was beside myself when The Rejectionist … Continue reading

sci-fi/fantasy, Writing
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I am the winner of the Gulliver Travel & Research Grant awarded annually by the Speculative Literature Foundation! What does this mean? (My favorite question in the whole wide world.) I created something and it was good enough. That’s all … Continue reading

Dominican Republic, Haiti, sci-fi/fantasy, Writing
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I am a teaching artist. This is how I make some money. This would imply that I already make money as an artist, and I teach in my spare time as a way of giving back to the community. This … Continue reading

schools, teaching, Writing
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My first online story was up in the September “Villians” Issue of Crossed Genres Magazine. Here’s an excerpt: The pang of hunger is bitter, sharp, hot – familiar even. I don’t sleep. My feet and right hip ache from carrying … Continue reading

Haiti, Mythology, published, sci-fi/fantasy, short story, Writing
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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
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I received my copy of The Caribbean Writer in the mail a few weeks ago and I was pleasantly surprised at how thick it was. It’s a textbook! I used to carry around my Norton Anthology of African American Literature … Continue reading

Haiti, publishing, sci-fi/fantasy, The Caribbean Writer, Writing
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So we’re halfway through summer and I’m counting down the days to the first day of school. This year, I decided to be a full time mama. No part-time teaching artist gigs (including DAWP…more on teaching artist shenanigans later), very … Continue reading

books, memory is a muscle, Mothering, movies, The Help, VONA, Writing
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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
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For the second Father’s Day in a row, I’m leaving the three darlings with their father to work on my craft. I had read somewhere how when a very prolific artist and mother was asked how she was able to … Continue reading

art, Joseph Zoboi, Writing
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For years, I attended the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s (BAM) Dance Africa Celebration on Memorial Day Weekend. It’s a full 3 day film, street, and dance festival in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. It’s what a good, self-respecting African or Caribbean outdoor … Continue reading

books, Culture, sci-fi/fantasy, WisCon, Wiscon35, Writing
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Today is Mother’s Day. Media tells me that I’m supposed to still be in bed now—my husband and children will be bringing me flowers and breakfast and I plan a day of doing absolutely nothing. Nope. Not my reality. I … Continue reading

Mothering, Writing
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So I’m (awkwardly) trying out Twitter. Of course I Facebook. And e-mail. But I don’t text much. I’ve owned two phones in the last seven years. I’ve been looking into Blackberries, Androids, or whatever and it all gives me a … Continue reading

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…Octavia E. Butler’s transition. I once stalked her. Sometime in May of 2000, she was doing a reading of Parable of the Talents at the now defunct Nkiru Books owned by Talib Kweli and Mos Def. I sat in the … Continue reading

Octavia Butler, sci-fi/fantasy, Writing
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Yes, we Haitians can tell our own stories. And they’re not all melancholy, doom and gloom tales of our poor little country. Well, in Haiti Noir they are. Though, these stories are written with such depth that you’re forced to … Continue reading

Edwidge Danticat, Haiti, Haiti Noir, Writing
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This title is inspired by Edwidge Danticat’s recent book, Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work. Within the eight years I’ve been parenting (my children are 8, 6, and 3), I’ve written three novels and a handful of short stories. … Continue reading

Mothering, Writing
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