Edwidge Danticat was born January 19, 1969 in Port-au-Prince and was separated by her father when she was only 2 years old. He emigrated to the United States, in search of a better life. 2 years later, her mother also left for the United States. Along with her younger brother, Edwidge was left with her father's brother who was a minister living in one of Port-au-Prince poorest area. Bel Air, for the next eight years. At the age of 12, she moved to Brooklyn, New York, to join her parents and their 2 new sons, in a heavily Haitian American neighborhood. It was extremely difficult for the young Edwidge to adjust to her new family, and she also had difficulties adjusting at school since she did not know any English. At school, she was bullied by other students calling her " Haitian boat people"or refugee. At the age of 14, Edwidge published her first writing in English. "A Haitian American Christmas: Cremas and Creole theater" in a citywide magazine (youth connection) written by teenagers. After graduating from high school, she entered Barnard College in NYC. She wanted to become a teacher, but her love of writing made her not pursue a teaching career. She received a BA in French literature. In 1993, she earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writings from Brown University. Since completing her Master's, Edwidge has taught at both the University of New York and University of Miami. Her books has been translated in many different languages, including French, Korean, German, Italian, Spanish and Swedish. Edwidge Danticat is the recipient of numerous Awards such as:
Fiction Award the Caribbean Writer
Woman of Achievement Award, from Brown University;
Best Young Americans Novelist for her book Krik Krak.
American Book Award for the Farming of the Bones.
The Story Prize for The Drew breaker.
The International Flaiano Prize for the Farming of the Bones.
The National Book Award for Brother I'm Dying.
The National Book Critics Peace Prize for Brother I'm dying, and so many other ones. She was also named " 1 of 20 people in their twenties who will make a difference" in Harper's Bazaar. And was called one of the 15 Gutsiest Women of the Year. Edwidge Danticat is also a strong advocate for issues affecting Haitians abroad and at home. Edwidge Danticat is a graceful, elegant and insightful writer. A wonderful vessel of Haitian lore, who never cease to portray her country positively through her work.
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