ANGIE CRUZ

SHORT BIO:

Angie Cruz is a New York born Dominicana, the author of two novels, Soledad (2001) and Let It Rain Coffee (2005). She is the editor of Aster(ix), a literary/arts journal, and her work has appeared in journals including Gulf Coast, Kweli, NYTimes, Callaloo, and VQR. She teaches in the MFA program at the University of Pittsburgh. Her novel, Dominicana is forthcoming with Flatiron Books, Fall 2019.

LONGER BIO:

Angie Cruz is a New York born Dominicana who traveled to and from NYC to D.R. for most of her formative years. Her first novel, Soledad (2001) and second novel, Let It Rain Coffee (2005) were both published by Simon & Schuster. Her novel, Dominicana, forthcoming this Fall 2019 with Flatiron Books, was inspired by her mother's arrival story. To research this novel Angie scoured many photo albums and this inspired the digital photo archive accessed through instagram: @dominicanasnyc.

Angie didn’t always think to become a writer. She attended La Guardia H.S. as a visual arts major. She then pursued, at night, a fashion design degree at F.I.T while working full-time during the day on Madison Ave. at a cashmere store. Later she pursued an English literature degree at SUNY Binghamton and then attended the MFA program at NYU.

For the past twenty years Angie has attended numerous writing residencies, including Yaddo, The Macdowell Colony, Siena Art Institute, Art Omi, La Napoule Foundation, The Camargo Foundation and Fundacion Valparaiso. Her works earned her many awards and honors including The New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship, the Pittsburgh Foundation Fellowship, the NALAC Fellowship and in 2007 she was long listed for the IMPAC Dublin Award for Let It Rain Coffee, Her short stories and essays have been featured in numerous journals and anthologies including Small Axe, Gulf Coast Literary Journal, Callaloo, VQR and the New York Times.

Angie is currently an Associate Professor at University of Pittsburgh. The co-founder and editor of the literary journal, Aster(ix). She divides her time between Pittsburgh, New York and Italy.

Photo by Erika Morillo

Photo by Erika Morillo

Photo by Erika Morillo

Photo by Erika Morillo