Haitian Author Edwidge Danticat wins the Genius Award

Haiti-born writer Edwidge Danticat has won the prestigious MacArthur Foundation fellowship, nicknamed the Genius Award.

Edwidge Danticat, Haitian Writer, Novelist
Edwidge Danticat, Haitian Writer, Novelist


She has just won the biggest honor of her career, according to an article by Jacqueline Charles of the Miami Herald, an honor that also comes with some DOLA!

YEP! $500,000 US... Se Pa Goud non... Dola vetttttt...

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In a video interview with the markup more calls are foundation Edwidge Danticat says:

"I wrote about a Haitian American experience in the United States...
I was inspired very much by storytelling...
growing up in Haiti I was told lots of stories and...
wanted in my own way to become a storyteller"

Watch the video...

You want to hear something funny?

I was told lots of stories too... and I have been telling lots of stories...


I never knew that you can win an award that comes with half a million dollars by telling great stories.

I have been writing on the Internet for almost ten years and I bought a book called Get That Novel Started" by Donna Levin almost ten years ago and...

I never got that not all started!

Edwidge Danticat, my dear sister, You inspire me, you really do. I mean you've inspired me before but now you just gave me 500,000 new inspirations and reasons to get something started.

Edwidge Danticat made her debut as a novelist in 1994 with Breath, Eyes, Memory. and since then, she has written eight books.

She recently finished a collection of essays she is currenly working on a new novel.

It is always wonderful to hear these great stories about Haitian men and women who are achieving great success outside of Haiti.

And I am always proud to find these stories and to share them with you. If you are as inspired reading this as I am writing it then I will feel that I did something right

Congratulations Edwidge Danticat

When you achieve such great level of success I believe that all of us Haitians are proud of you, our country, and ourselves.

Thank you again

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Rose-marie says...

he, tha's awesome, keep it up,
I am in love with literature and it's an honour to me to know that a fellow Haitians has reached that level, but I also know that winning a prize is not what makes you a grest writer, but what you do in the souls of your readers.

good luck and enjoy writinG, I can't wait to get my hands on one of your books.

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Monique says...

Dear Edwidge,
I saw you at a book reading in Hyattsville, Maryland.

You brought the crowd to tears when you read about the death of your uncle and father.

You are a powerful writer! I am inspired by your work, your voice, and your influence! Thank you for reminding me that I will always be Haitian.

That puts a smile on my

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Franck Larece says...

Congratulations Edwidge, You make Haitians proud.

Keep up the good

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Yolette M. Saintiny says...

I have enjoyed your writings throughout the years; you make us proud.

Congratulations Edwidge!

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