Community Folk Art Center Presents: A Two-Day Literature Experience with Elsie Augustave October 23-24

As part of our Philippe Dodard: Modernity in Haitian Contemporary Art exhibition, Community Folk Art Center will be hosting the writing workshop, "The Creative Process: How to Get Published as an Emerging Literary Artist" featuring Haitian author Elsie Augustave on October 23rd. On the following day, October 24th, Augustave will give a reading and signing copies of her latest book The Roving Tree in the Jacquet Education Commons at the Syracuse University School of Education.

A rewarding, exciting and ultra-lyrical read, The Roving Tree is a novel about a lost soul's identity pursuit. At the same time, it also has much to do with Haiti's color cold wars. Most vitally, it's about Haiti's women: Narrator, Iris Odys whose gold-tinted life has stripped her of some of the strength that sustained her mother Hagathe; Darah, the daughter of the mulatto elite who has to resort to the roots of the looked-down-upon peasants to be able to give life.

A graduate of Middlebury College and Howard University with degrees in foreign language and literature respectively, Augustave who is also a Fulbright Scholar, also has a passion for performing arts. In addition to writing, she is a dancer and choreographer and is best known for her piece Elima Ngando. This major production was for the prestigious National Dance Theater of Zaire (Democratic Republic of Congo). Currently teaching French and Spanish at Stuyvesant High School in New York City, Augustave continues to share.

This event is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome to support our 40th anniversary year programming.

The Community Folk Art Center is a vibrant artistic and cultural hub committed to the promotion and development of artists in the African Diaspora. The mission of the center is to exalt cultural and artistic pluralism by collection, exhibiting, teaching, and interpreting the visual and performing arts. Public programming includes exhibitions, film screenings, gallery talks, workshops and courses in the studio, performing and expressive arts. A proud unit of the African American Studies Department at Syracuse University, CFAC is a beacon of artistry, creativity and cultural expression engaging the Syracuse community and the world.

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