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Selected Writings Available Online
Book Review of "Black Spartacus: The Epic Life of Toussaint Louverture" by Sudir Hazareesingh (2020) in The Critical Flame, Summer 2022.This article-length review explores the legacy of Toussaint through the filter of a biography aimed at de-mythologizing the leader of the Haitian Revolution. http://criticalflame.org/finding-toussaint-louverture-spartacus-of-the-haitian-revolution/
Personal Essay: "This Wave in the Mind," 2nd Place in Geneva Writers Group Lit Awards (2017). This essay pulls strands together from the memory of a family expedition to an island in Maine and Virginia Woolf's novel "To the Lighthouse."
"Inventing A Nation: Jacques Roumain and Kreyol" in The Critical Flame, November 2016 - In an issue devoted to translation, I discuss how Roumain dealt with "language politics" in his first novel, LA MONTAGNE ENSORCÉLÉE (1931).
"C.F. Ramuz's BEAUTY ON EARTH" in Asymptote, April 2016 - An essay and review of Michelle Bailat-Jones's Translation, published by Onesuch Press in 2013. This critical essay focuses on the ever-relevant theme of 'otherness' as it engages with the first professional translation of this important Swiss novel.
"A Taste of Immortality: The Post-Earthquake Haitian Novel" in The Critical Flame, November 2015. http://criticalflame.org/a-taste-of-immortality-the-post-earthquake-haitian-novel/
Selected for "Daily Best" list on The Literary Hub - November 10, 2015
"Unmasking a Myth through the Art of Biography" focuses on the feminist perspective I bring to the life story of Helene Schweitzer. This essay appeared on the Women's Review of Books Blog (June 2015) http://www.wcwonline.org/Women-=-Books-Blog/Schweitzer
"The Magical World of Haitian Literature: A Primer" in Necessary Fiction, January 2015. This introduction to Haitian Lit includes a list of highly recommended novels available in English as well as a few suggestions to translators of Haitian novels that deserve to be translated.
Article above on Haitian Literature also published in Italian in the Italian literary journal GRAFIAS (May 2015): http://www.grafias.it/il-magico-mondo-della-letteratura-haitiana-unintroduzione/
"On Writing the Travel Essay": Tips on how to lift your travel experience from reportage to memorable writing. The Writer Magazine. (March 2012)
"In Perpetual Revolt," a review of the once-repressed Haitian classic LOVE, ANGER, MADNESS: A HAITIAN TRILOGY by Marie Vieux-Chauvet recently translated FR>EN for the first time by Rose-Myriam Rejouis and Val Vinokur. Women's Review of Books (March/April 2010) https://www.wcwonline.org/WRB-Issues/798