Ayiti Chérie: Signs of Life (2011-2013)
Photographs by Myriam J. A. Chancy
January 11-February 15, 2014
Fairfield Community Arts Center, 411 Wessel Drive, Cincinnati, OH, 45014
The show will move to: Oxford Community Arts Center, Oxford, OH, March 14-April 5, 2014 (Contact OCAC for more information)
January 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook Haiti to its core at 4:53 pm, local time, leaving 1.5 million without housing and 300,000 dead. Four years later, efforts at reconstruction continue. These photographs, taken in Port-au-Prince, Léogane, LaGonav, Jacmel, and Santo Domingo, tell a story of post-earthquake Haiti, of the resilience and beauty of its people and land.
The show consists of 32 digital photographs printed on aluminum metallic sheets, ranging in size from 8×10 to 16×20. All photographs are for sale and 100% of artist profits will benefit local grassroots Haiti organizations (prices range from $40-$160; sales handled by Fairfield Community Arts Center).
NB: Special exhibit tie-in/sponsor: Soapbox Tees! Sun Smith of Soapbox Tees has designed a special T-shirt, based on one of the photographs, sales of which will benefit a Ecole Bazilo school in Port-au-Prince. T’s are available by special order from: mysoapboxtees.com. From Soapbox Tees’ Mission Statement: “Our success is a result of our commitment to raising social awareness and fundraising for national and global causes.”
Photographer Bio: Myriam J. A. Chancy, born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, is the author of: The Loneliness of Angels (Peepal Tree 2010), winner of the 2011 Guyana Prize Caribbean Award, Best Fiction 2010; The Scorpion’s Claw (Peepal Tree 2005); Spirit of Haiti (Mango 2003), shortlisted, Best First Book Category, Canada/Caribbean region, Commonwealth Prize 2004; Framing Silence: Revolutionary Novels by Haitian Women (Rutgers 1997) and Searching for Safe Spaces: Afro-Caribbean Women Writers in Exile (Temple 1997), Choice OAB Award, 1998, and From Sugar to Revolution: Women’s Voices from Haiti, Cuba and the Dominican Republic (WUP 2012). Her photographs have been published/exhibited on book covers, in editorials of theTrinidad & Tobago Review, in Calabash (NYU), and the one-woman show, Third Eye Views: Images of Haiti, Cuba, California & France (Women’s Center, UC-Santa Cruz).
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Newly Available in paperback, Spring 2013:
From Sugar to Revolution: Women’s Visions of Haiti, Cuba and the Dominican Republic (Academic), Wilfrid Laurier U. Press (Waterloo, Canada), 2012.
For more information, please go to: http://www.wlu.ca/press/Catalog/chancy.shtml
** The Loneliness of Angels
Winner of the Guyana Prize for Literature Caribbean Award 2010, Best Book of Fiction, awarded in Georgetown, Guyana, Sept. 1, 2011 !
L.O.A. was previously longlisted for the 2011 OCM Bocas Prize in Caribbean Literature & shortlisted in its fiction category in the Spring of 2011 **
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Recent Invited Talks & Appearances: (Please check back for updated information)
*Invited Speaker, Caribbean Writers’ Series, University of Puget Sound, Puget Sound, Washington, February 2014.
*Roundtable Participant, Remembering Michel-Rolph Trouillot, HSA, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, November 2013.
*Invited Speaker, Roundtable on Creative Writing and History with Dan Vyleta & Louis-Philippe Dalembert, U-Wisconsin, Milwaukee, April 8, 2013.
*Keynote Speaker, International Diasporas & Race Conference, Wake Forest University, October 25-27, 2012.
*Literary Reading & Book Discussion, From Sugar To Revolution, Pre-Conference Activity, Wake Forest University, Oct. 24, 2012.
*Invited Speaker, Rotary Club, Covington, KY, Oct. 9, 2012.
*Keynote Address, “Voice” Conference, Writer-in-Residence, Union Institute & University, Cincinnati, OH, July 11-13, 2012.
*Invited Author & Speaker, St. Martin Book Fair, May 31-June 3, 2012
*Invited Speaker, Lloyd Best Institute Convoy Conversations, Trinidad, May 3, 2012
*Literary Reading & Q&A, Kariwak Village, Tobago, May 1, 2012.
*Invited Author, Bocas Literary Festival, Port of Spain, Trinidad, April 26-29, 2012.
*Keynote Speaker, “Transnational Hispaniola II,” Rutgers University, April 12-14, 2012.
*Writer-in-Residence, University of West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago, April 5-May 5, 2012.
*Keynote Speaker & Literary Reading, Black Migration Symposium, Vanderbilt & Fisk Universities, Nashville, TN, February 10-11, 2012.
*Invited Speaker, “Narrating the Caribbean: Food for Thought & Food For the Soul” Symposium, University of Kentucky, February 3, 2012.
*Invited Speaker, MLA Division on Francophone Literature & Cultures Panel: “Haiti Studies: Current Debates and New Directions,” MLA Conference, Seattle, January 8, 2012.
* Symposium Speaker & Co-Host, “History’s Hauntings: The Future of Haiti’s Sovereign Sustainability” Symposium, UC, January 13-14, 2012.
* Invited Speaker, “Narrating the Caribbean: Food for Thought & Food For the Soul” Symposium, University of Kentucky, February 3, 2012.
* Keynote Speaker & Literary Reading, Black Migration Symposium, Vanderbilt & Fisk Universities, Nashville, TN, February 10-11, 2012.
* Writer-in-Residence, University of West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago, April 5-May 5, 2012.
* Keynote Speaker, “Transnational Hispaniola II,” Rutgers University, April 12-14, 2012.
* Invited Author, Bocas Literary Festival, Port of Spain, Trinidad, April 26-29, 2012.
* Literary Reading & Q&A, Kariwak Village, Tobago, May 1, 2012
* Invited Speaker, Lloyd Best Institute Convoy Conversations, Trinidad, May 3, 2012
* Invited Speaker, The Isolation of Memory: A Conversation with Achy Obejas & Myriam J. A. Chancy, May 8, 6-8 pm, DePaul University
* Invited Author & Speaker, St. Martin Book Fair, May 31-June 3, 2012.
* Writer-in-Residence, Union Institute & University, Cincinnati, OH, July 11-13, 2012.
RECENT PUBLICATIONS :
* From Sugar to Revolution: Women’s Visions of Haiti, Cuba and the Dominican Republic (Academic), Wilfrid Laurier U. Press (Waterloo, Canada), 2012; reprint, paperback edition, Spring 2013.
* The Loneliness of Angels (A Novel) Leeds, England: Peepal Tree Press, 2010.
Essays, Fiction, Poetry, Etc.:
*“’Harvesting’ Port-au-Prince, Haiti: Zora Neale Hurston’s Literary (Dis)Articulation of Being,” In Dialogues Across Diasporas. Eds. Marion Rohrleitner et al. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2013.
*“The Horrors of Slavery: Haiti, Vodou and the Myth of the Cursed Nation,” T&T Review Column, Port of Spain, Trinidad, November 2012. (w/ 3 original photographs)
*“Walking Sadness: Haitian Returns,” T&T Review Column, Port of Spain, Trinidad, Oct. 2012. (w/ 2 original photographs)
*“What Dreams Are Made Of: Haiti Kanpé,” T&T Review Column, Port of Spain, Trinidad, Sept. 2012. (w/ 5 original photographs)
*Axes of Independence or, ‘What’s so great about being Haitian, anyway?,” T&T Review Column, Port of Spain, Trinidad, August 2012.
*“Nou Bouké,” T&T Review Column, Port of Spain, Trinidad, July 2012. (w/ 3 original photographs)
*“A Marshall Plan for a Haiti at Peace: To Continue or End the Legacy of the Revolution.” In Haiti and the Americas. Eds. Calargé, Dalleo et al. University Press of Mississippi, 2013.
*”Hearing Our Mothers: Safeguarding Haitian Women’s Representation & Practices of Survival.” (Abbreviated Essay) In Tectonic Shifts: Haiti Since the Earthquake, Eds. Mark Schuller & Pablo Morales. West Hartford: Kumarian Press, January 2012.
* “Under/Water” (Poem) In Pawol Fanm, Special Issue of Meridians (Winter 2012)
* “Floating Islands: Spectatorship and the Body Politic in the Traveling Subjectivities of John Edgar Wideman and Edwidge Danticat.” (Essay) Small Axe 36 (November 2011)
* Interview, Obsidian (Fall 2011)
* “The Aftermath” (Nonfiction Essay) Vandal Literary Journal 2:1 (Fall 2011)
* “Il Suono Dell’Acqua” (Fiction, Translation), Tr. Claudia Gargano. Il Tolomeo (Venice, Italy), Fall 2011.
* “Desecrated Bodies/Phantom Limbs: Post-Traumatic Reconstructions of Corporeality in Haiti/Rwanda.” Atlantic Studies. Vol. 8 No. 1 (March 2011): 109-123.
RECENT INVITED READINGS & ADDRESSES:
Literary Reading, English, Women’s & International Studies, Wittenberg University, October 7, 2011.
Invited Author, Book Signings, Books By the Bank, Public Library of Cincinnati, Duke Energy Center, 10-1 pm, October 22, 2011.
2011 Bartolomé de las Casas Lecture in Latin American Studies, “Submission or Omission: Haiti’s Challenge in Latin America,” Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies. Co-sponsored by UO College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Romance Languages, Latin American Studies, Department of Ethnic Studies, The Americas Steering Committee, Newman Center, the Knight Law School, and the Center for the Study of Women in Society, University of Oregon, April 14, 2011.
Creative Reading, Antioch College Winter Reading Series, February 6, 2011.
Invited Speaker/Seminar Leader, Haiti in Literature & Ideology, Comparative Literature Program & School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures Faculty/Grad. Seminar, University of Maryland, Dec. 10, 2010.
Invited Speaker, American Studies Association, Presidential Plenary, San Antonio, Texas, Nov. 21-22, 2010.
Keynote Speaker, Haiti and the Americas: Histories, Cultures, Imaginations Conference, Florida Atlantic University, October 21-23, 2010.