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Edwidge Danticat  

Haitian-American Novelist and Short Story Author

Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Edwidge Danticat immigrated to the United States at 12, publishing her first short story in a youth magazine only two years later. Spending her teenage years in a Haitian neighborhood in Brooklyn, Danticat was able to capture the isolation and memories of her experience with authentic eloquence in her first novel, Breath, Eyes, Memory, which was selected for Oprah’s Book Club.

Danticat has continued to share the stories of her past in the novels "Krik? Krak!," "The Farming of Bones," "The Dew Breaker," and "Brother, I'm Dying." She has taught creative writing at New York University and the University of Miami, and is a recipient of the prestigious MacArthur "Genius Grant."

"We all have our traditions, which have both positive and negative repercussions. It all depends on how we integrate them in our lives and whether they serve us or hold us back."

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