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Edwidge Danticat is the first two-time winner of the $20,000 Story Prize.

Katie Yee

February 27, 2020, 11:44am

Edwidge Danticat

In 2005, Edwidge Danticat was awarded the inaugural Story Prize for The Dew Breaker, which cuts between Haiti in the 1960s and New York in the present day, following one man with a dark past that explores the ways we navigate the choices we make when the personal and political converge.

edwidge danticat

Fifteen years and many brilliant books later (can we also talk about Brother, I’m Dying?), she was honored with the $20,000 Story Prize once more for Everything Inside, a collection that travels from Miami to the Caribbean and examines the meaning of community and family. In their announcement, the judges wrote: “It is something to see a writer whose previous work is already canonical, write a story collection with the fierce desperation and love usually seen in first books.”

Further reading:

Literary Immigration: A Conversation with Edwidge Danticat

[via The New York Times]

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