Mecca to Host the Writers’ Salon

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Mecca to Host the Writers’ Salon

Mecca a.k.a. Grimo will return to host Mangrove's Writers' Salon on Tuesday, November 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the University of Miami Writing Center (170 LaGorce House, Coral Gables). The evening will include a craft talk on working the sounds of your language—and other languages—into your poetry, a directed writing experiment, and the sharing of work in a fun, welcoming environment.

Mecca’s love for music in conjunction with his love for his Haitian heritage helped him transform his art into a vehicle of hope and pride. His first single, “Ayisien,” was a Creole remix of an American rap song that received major rotation on mainstream radio. Ever since, Mecca has been an icon for the Hip Hop Creole movement. His music has since brought him roles in several independent films, including Kidnappings and Know Thy Enemy, and in the television series Burn Notice and The Glades. He tours with his nonprofit FePouLi ( in a workshop called “A Taste of Haiti.” Schools exhibit his work to educate Haitians and other nationalities alike on the richness of Haitian culture and its contributions to the world. Mecca also lectures on Haitian history at libraries to promote literacy and teaches a poetry workshop in collaboration with FePouLi. He is a Mentor and Big Brother in the "5000 Role Models of Excellence" program started by Congresswoman Fredrika Wilson. He teaches a youth conflict-resolution workshop at the Black Police Precinct and Courthouse Museum. Of all the hats that Mecca wears, he enjoys most the responsibilities of being a father, teacher, and activist for his Haitian brothers and sisters, in Haiti and throughout the world.

The Writers' Salon, sponsored by the English Department's Creative Writing Program, Writing Center, and Mangrove Literary Journal, is a collaborative effort aiming to connect creative writers beyond the classroom in a community setting. Representatives from Creative Writing and from the Writing Center will facilitate the event, which is free and open to all UM faculty, staff, and students. Refreshments provided; seating limited to 30. Please send RSVPs to Joshua Schriftman (

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Posted by Jschriftman on 11/17/2013




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