The Miami Herald features novelist Edwidge Danticat '90, whose latest non-fiction book "Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work" records the tragedies and triumphs of people in her native Haiti.  An excerpt from the article:

""I love nothing more than being a novelist. But it’s very difficult to come from a place like Haiti and pretend that’s all there is. Because it’s such an ever-changing and urgent reality that anyone who has something to contribute should. At times it does feel like a lot of responsibility. The risk for an activist/artist is always that their activism is considered great, and their art sucks," Danticat says and laughs.

"That’s the balance — in addition to regular life and tiny children — to do good work artistically but to also help bring people closer to understanding the situation in Haiti. I don’t know how good a job I’m doing, but I guess if I believed I couldn’t make a difference at all, I wouldn’t keep at it.""