Edwidge Danticat


Edwidge, ’86, is an acclaimed writer of novels, nonfiction, and books for young adults. Her second book, Krik? Krak!, was a finalist for a National Book Award, as was her investigation into the death of her uncle in Miami’s immigration jail, Brother, I’m Dying. Her first book, Breath, Eyes, Memory, was an Oprah’s Book Club selection. In an interview in Essence, Edwidge said, “At 14 I was asked by a New York City-based newspaper, New Youth Connections (now called YCteen), to write about my experience as a new immigrant…my public writing career began.” She also credits one of her Youth Communication stories as being the nucleus for her first book. She is a graduate of Barnard College and holds an MFA from Brown University. Edwidge wrote the forewords to two Youth Communication anthologies, Starting With I, and Haiti on My Mind.

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