Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat
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About Edwidge Danticat
Edwidge Danticat was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. When she was 12 years old, Danticat and her brother emigrated to the United States to join their parents, who had moved to New York City when Danticat was a young child. She attended junior high and high school in Brooklyn, and then received her bachelor's degree from Barnard College and a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from Brown University. Her master's thesis was a draft of her first novel, Breath, Eyes, Memory, which was published in 1994 and became an Oprah Book Club selection in 1998.
Prolific in her craft, Danticat has written plays, short fiction, novels, memoirs, essays, and books for young adults. She has edited anthologies, worked in literary translation, written an autobiography, and co-produced documentary films. Danticat's first collection of short stories, Krik? Krak!, was published in 1995 and named a National Book Award finalist. In 1998, Danticat published her second novel, The Farming of Bones, for which she won the American Book Award. Danticat's next piece, After the Dance: A Walk through Carnival in Jacmel, Haiti, was described as part memoir and part travelogue and was published in 2002. Her next work, The Dew Breaker, was published in 2004 and was a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, and winner of the inaugural Story Prize. Danticat's memoir, Brother, I’m Dying, was published in 2007 and was the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award as well as a National Book Award finalist. In 2010, Danticat published Create Dangerously, a book that combines memoir and essay and winner of the first OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature in Nonfiction. Danticat's latest novel, Claire of the Sea Light, was published in spring of 2013.
Danticat has been a visiting professor of Creative Writing at New York University and the University of Miami. She also has been an advocate for immigration reform, writing and speaking out about the treatment of immigration detainees. She has been a frequent contributor to various periodicals, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Granta. In 2009, she was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant. In 2012, she played a leading role in the feature film Stones in the Sun, which was filmed in New York and Haiti. Danticat currently lives in Miami with her husband and two daughters.
Edwidge Danticat and Claire of the Sea Light (2013)
Edwidge Danticat and Create Dangerously (2010)
Edwidge Danticat and Brother, I'm Dying (2007)
Edwidge Danticat and The Dew Breaker (2004)
Edwidge Danticat in the News
"Edwidge Danticat urges awareness of "Birthright Crisis" in D.R." (January 4, 2014)
"Edwidge Danticat: Haitian ‘Dreamers’ in Dominican Republic shut out of citizenship." Miami Herald. December 14, 2013.
"Op-Ed: In the Dominican Republic, suddenly stateless - Dominicans of Haitian descent are losing their citizenship as their nation reinstates an old form of racism." Los Angeles Times. November 10, 2013.