As the University of Miami celebrates the year of Humanities and Arts,
the MFA in Creative Writing formal reading series carries on its
polyglot theme, exploring stories and poems in multilingual form and in
cross-cultural and political content in the Ibis Literary Reading and Performance Series.
This year, UM has invited five extraordinary writers and poets who
write within and outside of the borders and expectations of contemporary
American literature and is once again partnering with Books & Books
to host them. Tonight, we kick off the series with Cuban-American
writer Pablo Medina author of 13 books of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and translation. His most recent books include the poetry collection, The Man Who Wrote on Water and the novel Cubop City Blues. Take a ride on this magical bird and let the Ibis Literary Reading Performance Series carry you to new worlds.
In Paramilitarism and the Assault on Democracy in Haiti, a path-breaking book, Jeb Sprague investigates the dangerous world of right-wing paramilitarism in Haiti and its role in undermining the democratic aspirations of the Haitian people. Sprague focuses on the period beginning in 1990 with the rise of Haiti's first democratically elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, and the right-wing movements that succeeded in driving him from power. Over the ensuing two decades, paramilitary violence was largely directed against the poor and supporters of Aristide's Lavalas movement, taking the lives of thousands of Haitians. It makes a substantial contribution to our understanding of Haiti today, and is a vivid reminder of how democratic struggles in poor countries are often met with extreme violence organized at the behest of capital.