14. Edwidge Danticat

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14. Edwidge Danticat

Born in Haiti,  Edwidge Danticat moved to the United States when she was twelve. After living in New York, she decided to relocate to another Haitian hotbed in the US - Miami - where she and her husband are currently raising two daughters. Danticat earned a degree in French Literature from Barnard College, where she won the 1995 Woman of Achievement Award, and later an MFA from Brown University.

This writer depicts the Haitian-American experience in her writing - whether other Haitians condone it or not. Her first book Breath, Eyes, Memory

created some controversy. There was a "great deal of rage toward the

book" from middle-class Haitian-American women who consider themselves

modern and liberated and were ashamed of Haitian traditions Danticat

describes in the book.

She is the author of

several books, including an Oprah Book Club selection, and has won a

Pen/Faulkner Award as well as received several other awards and award

nominations. The New Yorker Magazine named her "One of 20 Writers for the 21st Century," she was named one of Granta's "20 Best Young American Novelists," and "One of 33 Women of the 21st Century" by Harper's Bazaar Magazine.

1. List five things that inspire you.

-My family, immediate and extended
-Love of all kind
-Books, music, and paintings of all kinds
-Time, the passing of it
-Haiti, in all her complexities

2. What was your last big project?

Editing an anthology of Haitian stories called Haiti Noir.

3. What's your next big?j

A book of short stories called Claire of the Sea Light.

4. Why do you do what you do?

Because I absolutely love it.

Plus, I'm not qualified to do much else.

5. What's something you want Miami to know about you?

That I'm happy to live here.

What's something you don't want Miami to know about you?

What's that silly saying? If I told you I'd have to hurt you? Something like that.

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16. Cat Dove
17. Campbell McGrath
18. Frances Trombly
19. Jose Mertz
20. Emma Trelles
21. Pablo Cano
22. Natasha Tsakos
23. Freegums

24. Aurora Natrix
25. Gean Moreno
26. Yaddyra Peralta
27. Barron Sherer

28. Brigid Baker
29. Daniel Fila
30. McLaine Oberhellmann
31. Fro Rojas
32. Annie Hollingsworth
33. Preston Allen
34. Cristina Molina
35. David Josef Tamargo
36. Jillian Mayer

37. Alfonso Vega
38. Natasha Lopez de Victoria
39. Aholsniffsglue

40. Heather Maloney
41. Jorge Rubiera
42. Elaine Lancaster
43. Nick Duckart
44. Danielle Estefan
45. John Dufresne
46. Monica Lopez de Victoria
47. Bill Bilowit
48. Alette Simmons-Jimenez
49. Tawnie Silva
50. Ginger Bardot
51. Jonathan David Kane
52. Naomi Fisher
53. Rocky Grimes
54. Teresa Barcelo
55. Paul Tei
56. Lee Materazzi

57. Karla Garcia
58. Anna Mixon
59. Octavio Campos
60. P. Scott Cunningham
61. Elena Garcia
62. Summer Hill
63. Autumn Casey
64. Juan Navarro
65. Serge Toussaint
66. David Rohn
67. Diane Brache
68. Spencer Morin
69. James Anthony
70. Jim Drain
71. Claudia Calle
72. Kevin Arrow

73. Andrew Hevia
74. Ana Mendez
75. Michael McKeever
76. Diana Lozano
77. Ricardo Pau-Llosa
78. Agustina Woodgate
79. Tarell Alvin McCraney
80. Jennifer Kronenberg
81. Farley Aguilar
82. Colin Foord
83. Karelle Levy
84. Matt Gajewski
85. Antonia Wright
86. Allen Charles Klein
87. Christy Gast
88. Gustavo Matamoros
89. Shareen Rubiera-Sarwar

90. Kyle Trowbridge
91. Clifton Childree
92. Jessica Gross
93. Danny Brito
94. Nektar de Stagni
95. Anthony Spinello
96. Vanessa Garcia
97. Justin Long
98. Rosie Herrera
99. Rick Falcon

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