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Jennine Capó Crucet    

Author of "Make Your Home Among Strangers" & "How to Leave Hialeah"

Jennine Capó Crucet is an author who specializes in fiction and non-fiction. She is an Assistant Professor of English and Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She received her MFA from the University of Minnesota. Her first book, How to Leave Hialeah, was selected by Curtis Sittenfeld for the Iowa Short Fiction Award. She is the first Latina to win this prize in its forty-year history. The book also received the John Gardner Book Prize and the Devil's Kitchen Reading Award in Prose and was a finalist for the Chicano/Latino Literary Award. It went on to be named a best book of the year by the Miami Herald, the New Times, and the Latinidad List. The collection's title story won a PEN/O. Henry Prize and appears in the O. Henry Prize Anthology (2011, Vintage/Anchor Books). Her work has appeared in the Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, Epoch, The Southern Review, Crazyhorse, Gulf Coast, and other magazines.

Crucet served as the fiction editor for the most recent edition of the PEN Center USA's Handbook for Writers, which is used in their Emerging Voices and Writers in the Schools programs. A former sketch comedienne and scriptwriter for NPR's The Writer's Almanac, Crucet has also worked in the non-profit sector as an advisor to first-generation college students from low-income families living in the South Central Los Angeles area. She is currently working on a novel set in her native Miami and based on the story published in the PEN/O. Henry anthology.

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