Yesterday evening, I attended Literary Salon ft. Haiti Noir edited by Edwidge Danticat at MoCADA. Haiti Noir is a collection of Haitian stories and folklore complied by award-winning Haitian-Ameican author Edwidge Danticat. A few of the authors who contributed to the collection were on hand to read excerpts from their stories, talk about their writings and influences as well as answer questions from the audience. The discussion touched on everything from writing in Creole vs. English, to the lack of Haitian writers in the literary field, as well as how others have and are trying to write about a culture they know nothing about. Authors in attendance included Josaphat-Robert Large, Marie Lily Cerat, Katia D. Ulysee, and Ibi Aanu Zoboi. Haiti Noir can be puchased at the MoCADA gift shop, 80 Hanson Place, Brooklyn, NY. This event is part of Re-imaging Haiti, a collaborative art exhibit by CCCADI and MoCADA, curated by Shantrelle P. Lewis and Shante’ Cozier.
“I have to go back a couple times a year, take of my shoes and walk on the soil.” – Katia D. Ulysee on going home
“Many people don’t want to name it, lest we give it anymore power.” Katia D. Ulysee on Haitians referring to the earthquake as ‘the event’ or ‘godou gdou’
“If you’re a writer, make your pen gallop like a horse. It’s time.” – Katia D. Ulysee to Haitian artists
“This little island of illiterate people has the MOST published writers.” – Marie Lily Cerat on the image of Haiti
“People outside the culture are writing our culture for us.” – Ibi Aanu Zoboi on non-haitians writing ‘voo-doo’ stories.
“As a writer, I truly belief in the power of story.” – Ibi Aanu Zoboi on negative attitudes manifesting in Haiti
Friday, February 25 6pm An n’ Pale: Conversations with Millery Polyne Renaissance Fine Arts 2075 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd RSVP email@example.com
Wednesday March 2 6:30p Vodou at the Crossroads: Conversation with A Mambo and Book Signing CCCADI
Thursday March 3 6:30p Cinematheque: Re-imaging Haiti Short Film Screening MoCADA