"Genius" Winner Danticat At York

September 28, 2009 | CUNY Lecture Series, York College

Award-winning Haitian-American writer Edwidge Danticat can add a “genius grant” to her long list of accolades. One of 24 individuals who will receive a total of $500,000 over five years from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Danticat helped kick off the 2009 Provost Distinguished Scholars Lecture Series at York College this September. Known for her haunting depictions of Haitian immigrants, Danticat explained the essence of her work. “I try to write things that I would like to read,” said Danticat, who also read selections from her novel, “The Farming of Bones” (1999) and her memoir “Brother, I’m Dying” (2007). “If you try to be formulaic, you will always aim wrong,” she said. “Write what you love reading.”
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