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Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work

Edwidge Danticat
In conversation with Amy Wilentz
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
01:11:33
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Episode Summary
Danticat, the acclaimed Haitian-American novelist, tells the stories of artists who create despite, or because of, the horrors that drove them from their homelands and that continue to haunt them.

Participant(s) Bio
Edwidge Danticat was born in Haiti in 1969 and moved to the United States when she was twelve. She is the author of six books and two collections of stories. Her non-fiction book, Brother, I'm Dying, was a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography. Her most recent book is Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work. She is a 2009 recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship.

Amy Wilentz is the author of The Rainy Season: Haiti Since Duvalier; Martyrs' Crossing, and I Feel Earthquakes More Often Than They Happen: Coming to California in the Age of Schwarzenegger. She is the winner of the Whiting Writers Award, the PEN Martha Albrand Non-Fiction Award, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Award, and also a 1990 nominee for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is the former Jerusalem correspondent of The New Yorker and a long-time contributing editor at The Nation. She teaches in the Literary Journalism program at the University of California, Irvine.


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