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Selebrasyon! :: Literature & Spoken Word


An n’ Pale | Café Conversation with singer & author Mimerose “Manzè” Beaubrun

Boukman group photoJoin us for a conversation with Manzè Beaubrun, lead singer and co-founder of Boukman Eksperyans, about her new book Nan Domi: An Initiate’s Journey into Haitian Vodou, followed by a performance with Boukman Eksperyans. Known for their musical revolution, the Grammy-nominated group is a fusion of traditional Haitian and Caribbean rhythms with rock and reggae.

DATE / TIME: Friday, May 23, 2014 / 6 – 11pm. Discussion will begin at 7pm.
LOCATION: FiveMyles Gallery, 558 St Johns Place Brooklyn, NY 11238 Map
ADMISSION: Free. $10 suggested donation. Seating is limited, first come first serve.


Lirik Ayiti : Rasin/Chimen :: Lyric Haiti: Roots/Routes

Join us for a night of spoken word, storytelling, and poetry highlighting the Haitian-American experience in New York. Hosted by poet Ayinde Jean-Baptiste and featuring performances by Lenelle Moïse, & Patrick Sylvain.

Lenelle MoÔse

Lenelle Moïse, the author of Haiti Glass, is an award-winning poet, playwright and performer. She creates jazz-infused, hip-hop bred, politicized texts about the intersection of identity, memory and spirit.


patrick sylvain

Patrick Sylvain is an author and educator who uses Haitian Creole and English with masterful skill, capturing moments and a deep romance with a place and its people.


DATE / TIME: Sunday, June 8th, 2014 / 6 – 7:30pm. Doors open at 5:45pm.
LOCATION: Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, New York, NY 10012 Map
ADMISSION: $15 at the door.


Salon d’Haïti

Presented in collaboration with PEN Haiti, PEN American Center & Akashic Books, authors from the U.S. and Haiti will share select readings and discuss their work. Featuring authors Katia D. Ulysse and  Jean-Euphèle Milcé.


Katia D. Ulysse is a native of Haiti and writes in English and Haitian Creole. Her work appears in The Caribbean Writer, Meridians, Peregrine, and Smartish Pace. Her stories are anthologized in MacomèreBrassageButterfly’s WayHaiti Noir, and Mozayïk, among others. Drifting is her first book of fiction.


Jean-Euphèle Milcé is a Haitian author and director of the PEN Haiti House of Literature. His novel, Alphabet Nights , published in 2004, won the Prix Georges Nicole in Switzerland and was a finalist for the Prix Prince Pierre de Monaco among others. His works revolve around the drama of exile and uncertainty of the crossing.


DATE / TIME: Sunday, June 22nd, 2014 / 5 – 8pm
LOCATION: Queens Museum, New York City Building, Flushing Meadows, Corona Park, Queens, NY 11368 Map

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Selebrasyon! :: About New York’s Celebration of Haitian Art & Culture


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Selebrasyon! will be the first of its kind in New York. This festival will bring Haitian, Caribbean, and wider New York communities together to experience Haitian film, dance, music, literary and visual art in venues across the city!

Beginning on Haitian Flag Day on May 18th during Haitian Heritage Month, and running until the end of June which is Caribbean-American Heritage Month, this festival will present events hosted in collaboration with different organizations, institutions and artists.

Seeking to highlight the dynamic presence of Haitians in New York as well as in Haiti and other parts of the Diaspora, Selebrasyon! will provide opportunities for artists, especially those who are emerging, to share their work and build new audiences.


Selebrasyon! Advisory Committee

Buyu Ambroise • Alice Backer • Sabine Blaizin • Manolia Charlotin • Edwidge Danticat Jeffrey Dessources •  Joel Dreyfuss • Ayinde Jean-Baptiste • Carine Jocelyn Lorraine Mangones • Michèle Voltaire Marcelin • Jerry Philogene • Anthonine Pierre Sam Pierre • Barbara Prezeau • Rose Pierre-Louis • Elsie Saint-Louis Jessica St. Vil-Ulysse • Etienne Télémaque • Frantz Voltaire

Selebrasyon! Community Partners

651 Arts | Ann Pale Kreyol | Artists for Peace & Justice | BelTiFi Belle Vue ToursCenter for Traditional Music & Dance | City Lore Cornbread & Cremasse | CUMBE | FiveMyles Gallery | Haiti Cherie Haitian American Caucus | Haitian Recipes  | The Haitian Roundtable  Jaz Enterprise | Konbit Mizik Kiskeácity | Konbit MizikMoCADA My Haiti Travels | National Association of Haitian Professionals New York Women in Television & Film | PEN American Center Thornton Global Strategies |

Selebrasyon! Sponsors

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Selebrasyon! Media Partners

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February 26: Dark and Dangerous Fiction: A Reading and Conversation with Edwidge Danticat


The New School presents a reading and conversation with Edwidge Danticat.

Danticat is an award winning, Haitian born author who has published many celebrated novels, short stories and essays, some of which include Breath, Eyes, Memory (1994)Krik Krak (1996), The Farming of Bones (2003), Brother I’m Dying (2007),  and Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work (2010).

She will be reading from her latest works: the novel, Claire of the Sea Light (2013), and the collection, Haiti Noir 2 (2014).

After her reading, Ms. Danticat will be joined in conversation with Rose Rejouis of Eugene Lang College.

Co-sponsors of the event are the Gender Studies at the New School, The School of Writing, and Women of the African Diaspora Reading Series.

DATE/TIME : Wednesday, February 26/ 6pm
: Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall (formerly known as Tishman) at 66 West 12th Street New York NY, 10011

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Archive: Haiti Noir 2: The Classics with editor Edwidge Danticat & contributing author Michèle Voltaire Marcelin


Photo Credit:Jocelyn McCalla

Photo Credit: Jocelyn McCalla

To a packed room of eager enthusiasts, Edwidge Danticat introduced her latest editorial work, Haiti Noir 2: The Classics published by Akashic Books as a study of not just the Noir genre, but of a “Noir” people, approaching the collection as it applies to the Haitian people and our culture that is packed with myth, truth, and all the experiences in between. Seeking to use this edition of Haiti Noir to elaborate on the layered concept of Haitian literary “classics,” Edwidge mixed canonic and contemporary voices, controversial and well-known cultural themes to create a dynamic collection of stories.

Danticat read selections from several short stories in the anthology, including a passage from “A Strange Story” by Ida Faubert and “Preface to the Life of a Bureaucrat” by Jacques Roumain. Contributing author & poet Michèle Voltaire Marcelin brought her ever-cool personality to the stage for an anything-but-cool passage from her short story “True Life” which tells a seductive tale of a couple’s infidelity, leaving everyone a little hot under the collar. “I think she melted the mic!” Edwidge exclaimed as she joined Marcelin for the post-reading Q & A.

Watch Edwidge Danticat & Michèle Voltaire Marcelin read from Haiti Noir 2: The Classics

Most of the participant questions revolved around the authors’ processes for capturing their narratives. When asked how they knew when a story was good enough to tell, both authors had similar responses:

“When you have no choice but to tell it”          “When you can’t stop yourself”



Marcelin described these stories as rarely “pretty,” cutting close to the bone and revealing parts of one’s self that may be painful but must be shared.

Tying these ideas into questions of finding a distinct voice as a Haitian woman while supporting the integrity of a country with so many issues such as Haiti, the authors saw only one answer: The Truth. Remaining conscious of larger issues impacting Haiti while writing lends itself to chasing deeper narratives that capture context and also helps to expand one’s voice.

Very true to the Noir genre, Danticat and Marcelin left us all remembering that the best story is never a straight line.

Thank you again to Akashic Books and the Brooklyn Public Library for collaborating with us on this fantastic event.

This reading and discussion of Haiti Noir 2: The Classics took place on January 16, 2014 at the Brooklyn Public Library’s Dweck Center.

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