Interviewer and Author
Rosie Alexander (formerly McFarland) went to Jeremie, Haiti for six weeks to interview Haitians and prepare this book. When she got back to the states she started writing short stories based on those interviews and is now editing them into a complete manuscript.
After graduating from Whitworth University with a BA in English Literature she backpacked around the British Isles by herself for two months before going to Haiti. Rosie has a passion for giving every person the opportunity to tell their story. She made videos for her YouTube channel (Lostbetweenthepages) for over three years. She now lives in California, working as an office manager. She is recently married.
Rosie enjoys making lists, baking her feelings, and marathoning Netflix.
Editor / Illustrator
Amanda Sneed graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor’s of Science in Physiology and a minor in English Literature. Though originally pursuing a career in healthcare, she has since redirected her passions and gifts towards the creative fields of art. She now lives in Los Angeles, working as an art instructor for children and a freelance writer and editor
Amanda is excited to work with the team on this project; she hopes it gives each Haitian a voice that rings loud and true.
Her passions include reading, oil painting, dancing, and ice cream.
Marie Lily Cerat has a Ph.D. in Urban Education along with a Certificate in Africana Studies from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Through the theoretical lenses of post-colonialism and culturally responsive and sustaining pedagogy, her work examines the effects of the exclusion of Haitian language and culture in the education of Haitian learners.
Cerat has been working in the K-16 New York public education system as a classroom teacher, a staff developer and a college teacher for over 20 years. Her academic writings have appeared in Rethinking Schools, the Journal of Haitian Studies, and the International Journal of the Sociology of Language. In addition to her scholarly activities, Cerat has a long history of organizing within the Haitian community in New York. She is the co-founder of Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees (HWHR), a group that was established in 1992, to provide ESL and adult literacy programs to Haitian immigrants and refugees in the Brooklyn area. Today, HWHR continues to provide educational services, as well as organizes leadership training to help members advocate on their own behalf for civil, educational, social, labor/economic and immigration justice.
Ted McFarland is a classically trained Graphic Designer with a love for team sports, quiet sunsets, good pipe tobacco, loud music, and unusually sturdy furniture.