The next Afrolatina is an incredible writer of Haitian descent. I include her as an Afrolatina by choice! One that there is no argument on. Edwidge Danticat and I (a writer of Dominican descent) share an island. In my life work, the Afrolatinos doc, it was/is important for us to include Haiti in the conversation, not only because we share Hispaniola, but our history connects us, our blood line connects us, our cultures connect us and I am proud of the work this woman has already contributed to the world.
The first book I read of hers was the Farming of Bones!!! The metaphors… the lines… the descriptions… the story of el corte was beautifully written and incredibly tragic. I could smell certain scenes she depicted in this novel. Edwidge is an inspiration to me as a writer who is currently writing about that time in the Dominican Republic. She is a proud Haitian woman! Her work serves as a historical timeline of events, her love of Haiti, her response to the political state of Ayti and the players who have benefited. Her writing celebrates family. She is a mother with two beautiful girls! Pick up one of her books you will be glad you did.