Edwidge Danticat
Haiti
1969-
 
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Edwidge Danticat Edwidge Danticat was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in 1969. She has been writing ever since she was a small girl of nine. Her parents thought  writing would never be more than a hobby for her and urged her to pursue another career. Danticat proved them wrong. At the age of twenty-six, in 1995, she became a finalist for the National Book Award for Krik? Krak! Drawing on her experiences as a Haitian-American she writes of one of the most under-represented cultures in American literature using a style which is both poetic and passionate. Having also received the 1995 Pushcart Short Story Prize and fiction awards from The Carribean Writer, Seventeen, and Essence magazines, she is now widely considered to be one of the most talented young authors in the United states.

Her parents emigrated to New York when she was very young, Danticat was raised by an aunt whom she loved dearly. It was during these early years that Danticat was influenced by the Haitian practice of story telling which developed because much of the population was not literate at the time. At the age of twelve, Danticat joined her parents in Brooklyn. When Edwidge Danticat received a BA in French literature from Barnard College. She went on to complete her Master of Fine Arts degree at Brown University, where as her thesis she wrote Breath, Eyes, Memory (Soho Press, 1994). This novel speaks of four generations of Haitian women who must overcome their poverty and powerlessness. Danticat also explores some disturbing familial traditions, most importantly the rural practice of "testing" a daughter to confirm that she is still a virgin. 


Works
  • Breath, Eyes, Memory (1994)
  • Krik? Krak! (1995)
  • The Farming of Bones (1998)
Editor of:
  • The Beacon Best: Great Writing by Women and Men of All Colors and Cultures (2000)
  • The Butterfly's Way: Voices from the Haitian Dyaspora in the United States (2001)

Links
 
Voices from the Gap: Edwidge Danticat
http://voices.cla.umn.edu/
authors/EdwidgeDanticat.html

Edwidge Danticat@RandomHouse
http://www.randomhouse.com/features/danticat/

Edwidge Danticat
http://reach.ucf.edu/~aml3930/danticat/index.html

Freshman Composition Literary 
Series - Edwidge Danticat (Bowie State)
http://www.bowiestate.edu/academics/artsci/
english/freshcomp/danticat.htm

 

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East Carolina University, Department of English, Multicultural Literature Program.