Laura Wagner

Writer, United States

From 2015 to 2019, Laura Rose Wagner was the project archivist for the Radio Haiti Archive at the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University. She holds a PhD in cultural anthropology. Her ethnographic research focused on displacement, humanitarian aid, and everyday life in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. She is also the author of Hold Tight, Don't Let Go, a young adult novel about the earthquake, which was published by Abrams/Amulet in 2015. In March 2020, Laura Wagner curated an immersive exhibit titled Radio Haïti-Inter: Three Decades of Resistance. She is currently writing a book-length monograph about Radio Haïti-Inter.

©Maxan Jean-Louis, "Yo Touye Jando" ("They Killed Jean Do")

We Sway But We Do Not Fall: Radio Haïti-Inter and the Work of Democracy

We Sway But We Do Not Fall: Radio Haiti-Inter and the Work of Democracy is a work of literary nonfiction that tells the story of Radio Haïti-Inter, Haiti’s first independent radio station. It draws upon the station’s vast audio and written archive to tell a narrative history of late 20th-century Haiti, through the voices of the people who lived through it and sometimes perished trying to change it. It also sheds light on democratic transitions and press freedom at a time when both democracy and independent journalism are under threat worldwide.