Born January 19, 1969
I wanted to raise the voice of a lot of the people that I knew growing up, and this was, for the most part, poor people who had extraordinary dreams but also very amazing obstacles. ~Edwidge Danticat
My apologies to Ali for being so tardy with my post. I honestly had difficulty making up my mind about the country. Ultimately, I went with a favorite author and that is how I decided on the country. My feature writer is Edwidge Danticat. I recommend her work her regularly when asked about favorite authors. Ms. Danticat was born in Haiti and raised in New York. She has an impressive body of work. My favorite is The Farming of Bones, a novel about a Haitian servant in a Dominican Republic household. The writing is lyrical, at times surreal and compelling. Today, I picked up her YA novel, Behind the Mountains from the library. What little I know about Haiti I have learned through Ms. Danticat's work. Literature provides an intimate way to learn about a country's history, culture and people. Far more engaging to me than reading history.
For a while I went through a period of reading island writers and the one I continue to read is Ms. Danticat. If you're interested in storytelling traditions of different cultures, I highly recommend her celebrated work, Krik?Krak!
When you write, it's like braiding your hair. Taking a handful of coarse unruly strands and attempting to bring them to unity ... Some of the braids are long, others are short. Some are thick, others are thin. Some are heavy. Others are light.
- Krik? Krak! Learn more about Ms. Danticat here.
Geography: Haiti, in the West Indies, occupies the western third of the island of Hispaniola, which it shares with the Dominican Republic. About the size of Maryland, Haiti is two-thirds mountainous, with the rest of the country marked by great valleys, extensive plateaus, and small plains.
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