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Allison Coffelt and Jeannine Ouellette

  • SubText Books 6 West 5th Street Saint Paul, MN, 55102 United States (map)

Join SubText Books in the store on Tuesday, April 10th for a reading with Allison Coffelt and Jeannine Ouellette! Coffelt will read from her new book, "Maps Are Lines We Draw," and Ouellette will read from her in process manuscript. Book signing to follow the reading and conversation!

About the book:
After a decade of dreaming, Allison Coffelt arrived in Haiti, ready—she thought—"to learn how much she didn’t know" about the Caribbean nation. Traveling the highways with Dr. Jean Gardy Marius, founder of the public health organization OSAPO, she embarked on a life-changing journey that would weave Haiti’s proud, tumultuous history and present reality into her life forever.

Maps Are Lines We Draw explores the culture and natural beauty of the island as well as its discomfiting realities: the threat well-intentioned aid organizations can present to the local economy; the privilege that determines who gets to travel between a "here" and a distant "there" which is foreign and other; and the challenge of doing short-term good without creating long-lasting harm. 

About Allison Coffelt:
Allison Coffelt lives and writes in Columbia, Missouri.  Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of BooksHippocampusOxford Public Health Magazine, the Crab Orchard Review, and elsewhere.  She was a finalist in the 2015 Crab Orchard Review Literary Nonfiction Prize and the winner of the 2015 University of Missouri Essay Prize.  She currently works as the director of education and outreach for the annual True/False Film Fest and hosts the True/False podcast. Maps Are Lines We Draw: A Road Trip through Haiti is her first book.

About Jeannine Ouellette:
Jeannine Ouellette has authored several educational books and the children’s picture book Mama Moon. She is a recent prizewinner in the Masters Review Fiction Contest, Curt Johnson Fiction Awards, and Proximity’s Essay Contest. Her work has appeared widely including in Utne, Penn Review, december magazine, Eckleburg, and Nowhere, as well as several anthologies, and has been supported by Millay Colony for the Arts, Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, and Tin House Writers Workshop. Jeannine teaches writing through the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop and Elephant Rock, a creative writing program she founded in Minneapolis. She recently completed her first novel.

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