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Prize-winning author Ben Fountain is a former associate with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Dallas who has made numerous trips to Haiti. He finished an unpublished novel about the Caribbean nation in 1996 and has published two works of fiction, “Brief Encounters with Che Guevara” (2006) and “The Texas Itch” (2009). He first visited Haiti in 1991 and traveled there twice a year for many years, visiting friends he made and exploring remote parts of the country. With the recent devastating earthquake in Haiti, reporter Miriam Rozen e-mailed Fountain some questions regarding his thoughts and how best to help. His answers are below, edited for length and style.

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