©2016 Photo courtesy of Scripps College

Dear Readers:

Thank you for finding your way to my website.  You’ll find here pages linking you to my book publications as well as a series of recent (2012-2015) blog posts, some original, some reposted from previous serial publications on the post-earthquake situation in Haiti, as well as the current crisis occasioned by ruling 168-13 of September 23, 2013 issued against Dominicans of Haitian descent by the Tribunal Court of the Dominican Republic.

Recently relocated to the West Coast, where I am currently an Endowed Chair in the Humanities @ the Claremont Colleges, I have been thankful for a year’s reprieve as a Guggenheim Fellow (2014-15) to work on my 4th academic monograph on intra-African Diasporic artistic/literary conversations.  I also plugged away at a post-earthquake novel.  I hope that both these manuscripts will see the light of day very soon.

For a newly published excerpt from the novel-in-progress, Douze, please follow the following link to Il Tolomeo, the comparative literature journal of the University of Venice, Ca’ Foscari, Venice, Italy:


And for a short podcast interview on the novel conducted by Nigerian/South African filmmaker, Akin Omotoso, go to:


Thanks for the visit!

Myriam J. A. Chancy

Los Angeles, California

April 8, 2016

“Where love is, there is transformation. Without love, revolution has no meaning, for then revolution is merely destruction, decay, a greater and greater ever-mounting misery. Where there is love, there is revolution, because love is transformation from moment to moment.”  – Krishnamurti, The First & Last Freedoms



“In this original and provocative study, Myriam Chancy reads the catastrophic history of the Caribbean in the narrative and visual fictions of a number of remarkable women artists, disclosing hitherto uncharted maps of time and voice and remembrance. A work of studied insight, engaged criticism, and graceful sentences, it will alter not only the frames in which Haiti, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic are represented, but the very conditions for a gendered and transnational inquiry into the Caribbean present.”

— David Scott, Columbia University, Editor, Small Axe

“Rich and suggestive, this broad-ranging and original study combines interpretive readings and personal conversations with individual artists. Chancy places women’s bodies, voices, memories, and visions at the centre of a careful scrutiny of the way three global axes of power—sugar, sovereignty, and revolution—have defined and confined Caribbean history, with its traumatic events and lingering painful memories. Conjugating national and transnational approaches to the Creolophone, Anglophone, and Hispanophone islands, Chancy redefines our understanding of terror by opening up innovative cultural and scholarly avenues for hopeful new beginnings. This is a transformative intervention in the contemporary realities of the region.”

— Françoise Lionnet, UCLA, Co-editor, The Creolization of Theory

“Chancy’s multifaceted study examines contemporary Cuban, Haitian, and Dominican women’s use of literary and performance arts to resurrect marginalized and silenced subjects’ memories. Her paradigm for constructing cohesive Caribbean relations is the Haitian Revolution’s broad rejection of the French occupation, Haiti’s reclamation of national sovereignty, freedom from the imposition of Enlightenment logic, and reassertion of collective national memory. Troubling for Chancy’s transformative vision is neighbouring nations’ acceptance of imposed rather than original, indigenous cultures, thereby rejecting association with Haiti’s black majority population…. This book is an incredible read.”

— J.C. Richards, Park University, Choice


“This accomplished and haunting debut…is a surreal tour de force set in Haiti during the 1990s….The prose is energetic and filled with poignancy so deeply felt, it resonates long after the story has been told….lyrical and breathtaking….Chancy is a writer who cares about words and pace and tells her story in deft strokes….This sensitive portrait of a people whose spirit might be quashed but not diminished is a compelling read.”
– Irene D’Souza, “Surreal tour de force set in Haiti,” Winnipeg Free Press, March 2005

“Chancy’s [prose] brims with literary devices and rich images that transpose the harsh realities of Duvalier’s terror-based regime against the personal dreams of her individual characters….in Chancy’s world, true meaning resides in the intangible rather than in material reality.”
– WorldPulse, Winter 2004


“somber and ethereal”

– Colin Rickards, forthcoming review, SheCaribbean
“…readers can tell from the onset that the former professor has shed her scholarly cloak for a writer’s mantle….[The] Scorpion’s Claw is reminiscent of Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things, in the emotions she evokes.”

– Malcollvie Jean-François, “Chancy Frees Voices in ‘Scorpion’s Claw’,” Haitian Times, Sept. 2005
“Chancy may well become a grand dame of Haitian literature…luminous and realistic…[s]he captures her readers and never loses their attention….in evocative and illuminating prose….the story she tells of the plight of a Haitian family, serves as an important and worthy subtext for all the political and genocidal atrocities that haunt our television broadcasts on any given day.”

-Irene D’Souza, “Author releases Haitian people, landscapes,” Winnipeg Free Press, June 19th, 2005
“…groundbreaking…and she’s already at work on her third novel”

– Buzzworthy, Caribbean Beat, Jan/Feb 2005