Speaker - Edwidge Danticat

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Edwidge Danticat was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in 1969. At a young age, Danticat's parents emigrated to New York and she stayed in Haiti with her aunt. It was during this time that she was influenced by the Haitian practice of story telling. At the age of twelve, Danticat joined her parents in Brooklyn. She received a BA in French literature from Barnard College and an MFA at Brown University, where she wrote Breath, Eyes, Memory, a novel that speaks of four generations of Haitian women who must overcome poverty and powerlessness. At the age of twenty-six, in 1995, she became a finalist for the National Book Award for Krik? Krak! She received the 1995 Pushcart Short Story Prize and fiction awards from The Carribean Writer, Seventeen, and Essence magazines. Drawing on her experiences as a Haitian-American she writes of one of the most under-represented cultures in American literature using a style which is both poetic and passionate.

2 Programs

Edwidge Danticat: Create Dangerously

11.10.10 | 01:48:15 min | 1 comment

Giving Voice: Uwem Akpan, Edwidge Danticat & Dave Eggers

10.01.10 | 01:22:03 min | 0 comments