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About Edwidge Danticat: Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Edwidge Danticat is the author of several books, including Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah's Book Club selection, Krik? Krak!, a National Book Award finalist, and The Farming of Bones, an American Book Award winner, and the novel-in-stories, The Dew Breaker. She is the editor of The Butterfly’s Way: Voices from the Haitian Diaspora in the United States and The Beacon Best of 2000: Great Writing by Men and Women of All Colors and Cultures, Haiti Noir and Haiti Noir 2, and Best American Essays 2011. She has written six books for young adults and children,Anacaona, Golden Flower, Behind the Mountains, Eight Days, The Last Mapou, Mama's Nightingale, and Untwine, as well as a travel narrative, After the Dance, A Walk Through Carnival in Jacmel. Her memoir, Brother, I’m Dying, was a 2007 finalist for the National Book Award and a 2008 winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography. Her next book,The Art of Death: Writing the Final Story will be published by Graywolf Press in July 2017. She is a 2009 MacArthur Fellow.
About Patricia Engel: Patricia Engel's most recent novel, The Veins of the Ocean, was named a New York Times Editors' Choice and a Best Book of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle, among others. She is also the author of It's Not Love, It's Just Paris, winner of the International Latino Book Award, and Vida, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and finalist for the PEN/Hemingway and Young Lions Fiction Awards, as well as winner of the Florida Book Award and Premio Biblioteca de Narrativa Colombiana. Her books have been translated into many languages and her short fiction has appeared in The Atlantic, A Public Space, Boston Review, Chicago Quarterly Review, Harvard Review, ZYZZYVA, and elsewhere, and anthologized in The Best American Mystery Stories 2014 and forthcoming in The Best American Short Stories 2017. She has received awards including the Boston Review Fiction Prize, fellowships and residencies from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Key West Literary Seminar, Hedgebrook, Ucross, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, and a 2014 fellowship in literature from the National Endowment for the Arts. Patricia currently lives in Miami and is Literary Editor of the Miami Rail.
PageSlayers Summer Camp is a 2016 Knight Arts Challenge Winner, bringing FREE creative writing summer camp sessions for rising 4th and 5th graders to Opa-locka, Florida. Starting summer 2017, each session will take place at The Arts and Recreation Center (The ARC) and will employ published, professional writers of color. On July 28th, a reading will be held on-site for students to perform an original piece of writing before an audience of friends, family and the Miami community. By sharing their work through performance and publication, these young campers will be put in contact with new readers, building literary communities not only in Opa-locka, but Miami as a whole.