Edwidge Danticat

Haitian American author. Raised for much of her childhood by an aunt and uncle in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Danticat was educated in French and began writing in her native Creole when she was only nine years old. At twelve she joined her immigrant parents in Brooklyn; within two years she published her first work in English. After earning a B.A. at Barnard College and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Brown University, she turned her thesis into her first novel, Breath, Eyes, Memory (1994). The themes of that novel—Haitian identity, the immigrant experience, mothers and daughters—have informed her work ever since. In 2009 Danticat was granted a MacArthur Fellowship. She has published more than fifteen books, including novels and collections of both short stories and essays. Her most recent novel is Claire of the Sea Light (2013). See also newyorker.com/contributors/edwidge-danticat.