The Exile Studies Program Spring 2013 Lecture Series: MAKING ART IN CITIES OF EXILE

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Venue:Graham Center, 243

Fiction writer, memoirist, essayist, anthologist, editor, documentary filmmaker, educa- tor, and human rights activist, Edwidge Danticat is one of the most celebrated Haitian- American writers. Following her graduation from Brown University where she earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, she taught the art of writing at several univer- sities, including New York University and the University of Miami. She is the author of a number of highly acclaimed novels, memoirs and collections of essays and short sto- ries, Krik? Krak!, The Farming of Bones, The Dew Breaker, Brother, I am Dying, Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work, among them. Her books were acknowl- edged by many prestigious awards, including the Pushcart Short Story Prize, the Na- tional Book Critics Circle Award, The Langston Hughes Medal, and the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature. Ms. Danticat is the recipient of the MacArthur Fellows Program Genius grant. In her lecture she will reflect on the relationship be- tween art and exile and examine the role a displaced artist plays in modern society. She defines her own artistic credo as follows: "Create dan- gerously, for people who read dangerously. This is what I've always thought it meant to be a writer. Writing, knowing in part that no matter how trivial your words may seem, some- day, somewhere, someone may risk his or her life to read them." This program is free and open to the public.

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