Edwidge Danticat was born in Haiti in 1969, and was raised by her aunt under the dictatorial Duvalier regime until she was reunited with her parents and brothers in America when she was 12. She holds a degree in literature from Barnard College and an MFA from Brown University. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker and many anthologies. She is the co-author, with filmmaker Jonathan Demme, of two books on Haitian art: Islands on Fire and Odillon Pieree: Haitian Artist (Kaliko Press). She was associate producer, with Jonathan Demme, on a documentary about Haiti called THE AGRONOMIST. Among other books, she is the author of Brother, I’m Dying, which is a non-fiction account of the deaths of her father and her uncle. This book was nominated for a National Book Award. She was the guest editor for the Best American Essays 2011 and the editor of Haiti Noir. Her latest book is Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work. Danticat recently received the 2011 Harold Washington Literary Award in Chicago and was the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation ‘Genius’ Grant in 2009. Danticat is working on a story collection tentatively titled Claire of the Sea-Light, which will be published by Knopf in 2012.