MARCH 2020 

*The New York Times announces collaboration with prison reform activist Yusef Salaam of the Exonerated Five in our forthcoming YA novel, Punching the Air


*American Street is a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award!


*I’ve been nominated for a Pushcart Prize for my essay, “Forgiving My Father, A Serial Rapist” (I know, I know!), by the Sunday Rumpus!


*I am now a proud client of literary agent Ammi-Joan Paquette of the Erin Murphy Literary Agency! 

*I am a very proud recipient of the Norma Fox Mazer Award for Young Adult Literature from Vermont College of Fine Arts! I submitted the opening pages of a YA Fantasy novel based on an old (and very scary) Caribbean folktale.

MARCH 2013

*Wednesday, March 20th.  6:30 – 9:30pm.  Brooklyn Arts Council Awards Ceremony for Literature/Writing Award.

The following grants will be awarded:

  • Arts Education Partner Grant (NYSCA)
  • Community Arts Fund (DCA)
  • JPMorgan Chase Capacity Building Regrant
  • Local Arts Support (NYSCA)

Hosted by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.

*Wednesday, March 13th. 6-8pm.  Panel & Reading

The New School Office of Intercultural Support Presents in Honor of
International Women’s Month

Celebrating The Voices of Haitian Women Writers
Panelists include: Patricia Philippe (Kalyani Magazine), Ibi Zoboi (A is for Ayiti), Mirland Jean-Gilles (Visual Artist), Karyn Exilus (So Spoke The Earth)

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 6-8PM
66 West 12th Street, Room 510
Refreshments Served. Space is limited.

Please send RSVP to


*Monday, Jan. 4th.  I’ll be doing my first school reading of A is for Ayiti to two kindergarten classes.


*I am a finalist for the NEW VISIONS AWARD by TU BOOKS!

*Saturday, January 26th.  6pm – 10pm. Haiti Series Launch Exhibition by ONE MOORE BOOK.  Space on White in Soho, NYC.  A is for Ayiti written by Ibi Zoboi and Illustrated by Joseph Zoboi

*10th – 20th.  Second residency in the Writing for Children & Young Adults program at Vermont College of Fine Arts.


*Thursday, Nov. 1st – Sunday, Nov. 4th.  Research to Haiti made possible by a travel grant from the Speculative Literature Foundation.


*Wednesday, Oct. 24th, 6:30.  Schomburg Center for Research, Harlem, NY.  Anya & Onyawu– Roots & Stars Discussion and Panel Series by the Caribbean Culture Center and African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI). Panel discussing the works of Octavia Butler and Oya, Yoruba orisha of change.


*Thursday, Sept. 27th, 7pm.  Kindred Reading Series w/ K. Tempest Bradford and Ibi Zoboi.  Bluestockings Bookstore.

JULY 2012

*Friday, July 6th.  I’ll be storytelling at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum as part of Haiti Cultural Exchange’s Krik?Krak! program.

*Monday, July 9th to Wednesday, July 18th.  I’ll be doing my first 10-day residency at Vermont College of Fine Arts, MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults.

*Tuesday, July 24th.  The first day of the Daughters of Anacaona Writing Project workshops at the YWCA in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn with guest teaching artist and poet Jennifer Celestin.

JUNE 2012

*Friday, June 22nd.  It’s my 35th birthday (as well as the late, great Octavia Butler’s 65th birthday)! I have a short story up on Kindle, “The Farming of Gods”.

MAY 2012

*Friday, the 25th to Monday, the 28th.  I’ll be at WisCon Feminist Science Fiction Convention once again.  Here’s what I’ll be doing:

Memories, Bones, & Forbidden Lands reading with Neesha Meminger, NK Jemisin, Saladin Ahmed, & Daniel Jose Older.

Riots of Bloom Party celebrating authors of color!

*My short story, “The Fire In Your Sky”, was long-listed (it’s a long list, but a list nonetheless) for the StorySouth Million Writers Award!

APRIL 2012

*I’ve been accepted into the MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults Program at Vermont College of Fine Arts!!!

MARCH 2012

*Wednesday, Mar. 28th, 7pm.  I’ll be reading along with Trinidadian writer Leslie-Ann Murray at Skylight Gallery for the Caribbean Cultural Theatre as part of their Poets & Passion series.

*Thursday, Mar. 22nd.  Brooklyn Arts Council Awards Ceremony.

*My short story, “The Muralist”, is up on Expanded Horizons!


*Thursday, Feb. 24th.  I’ll be reading at the Bright Hill Literary Center in Treadwell, NY along with storyteller, Claire Beetlestone.


*I was awarded another grant in Literature/Writing by the Brooklyn Arts Council for the Daughters of Anacaona Writing Project.  Joseph Zoboi was awarded a grant in Visual Arts to launch the Rising Son Project.


*Thursday, Dec. 1st.  Opening for “Her Word As Witness: African Women Writers of the Diaspora” at Skylight Gallery. I was photographed by Laylah Amatullah Barayn along with writers of all genres including Edwidge Danticat, Tananarive Due, Susan Taylor, Camille Yarborough, and Sonia Sanchez.


*I’m the winner of the Gulliver Travel Grant awarded annually by the Speculative Literature Foundation!


*I’m now a teaching artist and writer-in-residence for the two best creative writing organizations for young people in NYC: Community Word Project and Teachers & Writers Collaborative!

*Friday, October 21st. 7pm-10pm. I’ll be reading at Haiti Cultural Exchange’s monthly An’n Pale & photo exhibit with Tequila Minsky.


*My short story “The Fire in Your Sky” is up in the Villains Issue of Crossed Genres.

JUNE 2011

*Sunday, June 19th-Saturday, June 25th. Voices of Our Nation (VONA) workshop on the campus of UC Berkeley in California!

*My short story “Earthseed” is featured the 25th Anniversay Issue of The Caribbean Writer.

MAY 2011

*I was accepted into the VONA (Voices of Our Nations) Fiction Workshop with award-winning author ZZ Packer!

*Friday, May 27th-Sunday, May 30th. I’ll be attending the WisCon Feminist Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention in Madison, WI. I’ll be on three panels & a reading:

Yearning from the Threshold: Magic Realism & Diaspora Literature

Assimilation & the Immigrant Grandchild

Immigration in SF & F

For Colored Girls Who Considered Shapeshifting, Teleporting, & Conjuring
w/ Lashawn Wanak, Neesha Meminger, K. Tempest Bradford, & Nnedi Okorafor

APRIL 2011

*Friday, April 8th. Presentation on the Daughters of Anacaona Writing Project at “Intersections: A Learning Symposium on Immigration, Gender, & Youth” by the Sauti Yetu Center for African Women at Teachers College, Columbia University.

*Sunday, April 3rd. Haiti Noir reading at the 14th Annual Haitian Book Day at CUNY York College along with Katia Ulyssee & Marie Lily Cerat.

MARCH 2011

*Friday, March 11th @6:30pm. St. Francis College, Fort Greene, Brooklyn. I’ll be reading from Haiti Noir as part of the monthly Poets & Passion series by the Caribbean Cultural Theatre.


*My short story, “Earthseed”, was accepted into The Caribbean Writer. It’s a fantasy story complete with shape-shifting Vodou lwas, a demi-god, and an inverted parallel universe.

*Wednesday, February 23rd. Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) ReImagining Haiti: Le Projet Nouveau Exhibition. Reading with Marie Lily Cerat, Katia Ulysse, and Robert-Josaphat Large.

*Thursday, February 17th. Medgar Evers College along with Haiti Noir contributors Marie Lily Cerat and Mark Kurlansky.

*I’ll be reading my short story “The Harem” from Haiti Noir along with editor Edwidge Danticat and fellow contributor and storyteller Marie Lily Cerat at the Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch on Thursday, January 27th at 7pm.
(This event was cancelled due to the snow storm.)

*Wednesday, January 26th. Selected Shorts at Symphony Space. Stephen Lang and Anika Noni Rose will be reading selections from Haiti Noir. I’ll be on a Q&A panel with fellow contributos Robert-Josaphat Large, Marie Lily Cerat, and Mark Kurlansky. Hosted by editor Edwidge Danticat.

*Thursday, January 20th. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Celebrate Haiti School Assembly Program. I’ll be conducting a “Haiti Fun Facts” game with middle and high school students. La Troupe Makandal will be performing.

*Haiti Noir edited by Edwidge Danticat will be released on December 7th, 2010.

*I’ll be presenting a workshop entitled: Demystifying Haiti: Mythology and Folklore in Haitian Culture at theSchomburg Center for Research in Black Culture for the Haiti Teach-In on Tuesday, November 2, 2010. Other presenters include photographer Regine Romain and filmmaker Michele Stephenson.

*I will be presenting the summer 2010 DAWP Anthology at Haiti Cultural Exchange’s monthly An’n Pale “Let’s Talk”/Cafe Conversations at SHOP TALK ART in Fort Greene, Brooklyn on Friday, October 29th, 2010 at 6pm.

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