Edwidge Danticat, Haitian writer, educator. Named a MacArthur Fellow, John T. & Catherine MacArthur Foundation, 2009; recipient Woman of Achievement award, Barnard College, 1995, International Flaiano prize for literature, Italy, 1999, Pushcart Short Story prize. Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha.
Danticat, Edwidge was born on January 19, 1969 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Arrived in United States, 1981. Daughter of Andre Miracin and Rose Souvenance Danticat.
Bachelor in French Literature, Barnard College, New York City, 1990. Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Brown University, Providence, 1993.
Production, research assistant Clinica Estetico, 1993—1994. Adjunct professor New York University, 1996—1997. Visiting professor creative writing University Miami, 2000, 08.
Edwidge Danticat had long been scared off from Carnival by a loved one, who spun tales of people dislocating hips from gyrating with too much abandon, losing their voices from singing too loudly, going deaf from the clamor of immense speakers, and being punched, stabbed, pummeled, or fondled by other lustful revelers.
Author: (novels) Breath, Eyes, Memory, 1994, Krik? Krak!, 1995, The Farming of Bones, 1998 (Super Flaiano prize, Italy, 1999), Behind the Mountains, 2002, The Dew Breaker, 2004 (The Story prize annual book award, 2005), Anacaona: Golden Flower, Haiti, 1490, 2005, Brother, I'm Dying, 2007 (National Book Critics Circuit award for autobiography, 2007, Dayton Literature Peace prize, 2008). Co-author (with Jonathan Demme) Island on Fire: Chronicla of Haitian Art, 1997, Odillon Pierre, Artist of Haiti, 2000. Editor: (books) The Beacon Best of 2000: Great Writing by Men and Women of All Colors, 2001, After the Dance, 2002, (anthology) The Butterfly's Way: Voices from the Haitian Dyaspora in the United States, 2002.
Contributor articles short stories to various publications and anthologies.