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Tiphanie YaniqueAssociate Professor of English and Creative Writing


Tiphanie Yanique is the author of the novel Land of Love and Drowning, which won the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Award from the Center for Fiction, a 2015 Rosenthal Family Foundation Award for fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the 2015 Phillis Wheatley Award in Fiction, and was listed by NPR as one of the Best Book of 2014. Land of Love and Drowning was also a finalist for the Orion Award in Environmental Literature and the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award.

Yanique is also the author of a collection of stories, How to Escape from a Leper Colony, which won her a listing as one of the National Book Foundation’s 5Under35. BookPage listed her as one of the 14 Women to watch out for in 2014.  Her writing has won the 2011 Bocas Award for Caribbean Fiction, Boston Review Prize in Fiction, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, a Pushcart Prize, a Fulbright Scholarship and an Academy of American Poet’s Prize. She has been listed by the Boston Globe as one of the sixteen cultural figures to watch out for and her writing has been published in the New York TimesBest African American FictionThe Wall Street Journal, American Short Fiction, and other places.

Her collection of poems, Wife, was published in October 2015.

Her book Monster in the Middle: Fictions is forthcoming from Riverhead.


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