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“Starting from Paumanok,” an Evening with Acclaimed Author Edwidge Danticat, to be Held at Kumble Theater


Marcia Harrington,Director of Public Relations
Long Island University,

Edwidge DanticatThe Department of English at LIU Brooklyn will present a talk by author Edwidge Danticat at the Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts on Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. Sponsors of the event include the Mellon Fund; the John P. McGrath Fund; the Department of English; the M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Gender Studies, Africana Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies; the Voices of the Rainbow reading series; and Greenlight Bookstore. The event is free and open to the public.

Born in Haiti, Danticat was raised by her aunt under the dictatorial Duvalier regime after her parents fled to the United States when she was four. She reunited with them and her brothers in America when she was 12, and published her first work two years later.

Danticat holds a degree in literature from Barnard College and an M.F.A. from Brown University. Her many accomplishments include: National Book Award nominations for both fiction and non-fiction works; MacArthur Fellows Program Genius grant; Harold Washington Literary Award; Pushcart Short Story Prize; The National Book Critics Circle Award; Langston Hughes Medal; and honorary degrees from Smith College and Yale University.

Among other books, she is the author of Brother, I’m Dying (Alfred A. Knopf, 2007), a non-fiction account of the deaths of her father and her uncle, and Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist At Work (Princeton University Press, 2010). Her work has appeared in The New Yorker and many anthologies. She was the guest editor for The Best American Essays 2011 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and the editor of Haiti Noir (Akashic Books, 2011). Her latest book is Claire of the Sea-Light, (Alfred A. Knopf, 2013).

With filmmaker Jonathan Demme, Danticat is the co-author of two books on Haitian art—Islands On Fire and Odillon Pierre: Haitian Artist (Kaliko Press)—as well as associate producer on a documentary about Haiti called The Agronomist.

Posted 01/15/2014

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