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Edwidge Danticat Part 11 of 15 Black Authors

Edwidge Danticat January 19, 1969- Present

I don’t know how I became addicted or what happened to make me start watching YouTube videos of my favorite authors, but somehow, I found them, and I can’t get enough of them. I get upset when I can’t find any new ones. So, I’m watching Nikki Giovanni (I watch hers all of the time because she is hilarious), and she talks about Edwidge. I’m like, what? Who? Huh? So, I pause Nikki, and I Google what I thought she said. Luckily for me, Google speaks to me, so it pulled up Edwidge Danticat. I started reading, and the rest is history.

Edwidge Danticat was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on January 19, 1969, and moved to Brooklyn when she was twelve years old. Shortly after starting Barnard College, Danticat published her first work. Finding solace in reading and writing, Danticat continued her education and earned her MFA from Brown University.

Danticat’s politics and true connection to Haiti come forth in all of her works. Twenty-one books, three short stories, and two films to her credit, Danticat has proven that she is not going anywhere, and I am looking forward to every word that she will write.

Nominated for the National Book Award twice, three honorary degrees, and the winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, among other esteemed nominations and awards, Danticat continues to leave her mark on the literary world.

The Writer

References: Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat book trailer. (2013, September 10). Retrieved January 01, 2021, from

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