Sep

22

One Strong, Beautiful Woman Wins Big

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danticatThe MacArthur Genius Grants have been awarded, and the west side of Broadway has something to smile about. Edwidge Danticat, BC ’90, was just awarded a Genius Grant for her novels depicting Haitian history and the Haitian immigrant experience. 

In works such as The Farming of Bones (1999), The Dewbreaker (2004), and Brother, I’m Dying (2007), Danticat “provides a nuanced portrait of the intersection between nation and diaspora, home and exile, and reminds us of the power of human resistance, renewal, and endurance against great obstacles.” A sister in Alpha Kappa Alpha, Danticat grew up in Haiti, moving to Brooklyn at the age of 12, before majoring in French literature at Barnard, and since then she has published five books, most recently a memoir entitled Brother, I’m Dying. A lot more on her can be found (and a lot more worthwhile procrastinating can be done) at her New York Times Topics page.

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15 Comments

  1. that's  

    an intense picture

  2. cc.  

    Bold, Black, Beautiful, Barnard.

  3. cc student

    everyone should read 'Krit Krat'

    amazing writer!

  4. affirmative action  

    hooray affirmative action

  5. wow  

    that has to be the least happiest recipient of a prestigious award since they tried giving sarte a nobel prize

  6. is it just me  

    or is commenter #5 always a douchebag?

  7. i say  

    let the haters post...its just sour, sour grapes. next time guys!!

  8. hello back  

    Can someone delete that please?

    • aroydee

      I say keep post #14 in place -- it shows the reactionary right for just what it is: schoolyard bullies incapable of any reasonable discourse. They accomplish the work of progressive very well without knowing it!

  9. Congrats  

    to my fellow Haitian!

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