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 Fall 2019.
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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, was inspired by her mother's arrival story. To research this novel Angie scoured many photo albums and this eventually 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. When she understood that the fashion industry wasn’t right for her she pursued an English literature degree at SUNY Binghamton which then led her to the MFA program at NYU in fiction.
For the past twenty years Angie has attended numerous writing residencies, including Yaddo, Macdowell Colony, Siena Art Institute, Art Omi, La Napoule Foundation, The Camargo Foundation and Fundacion Valparaiso that made it possible for her to travel regularly to Europe and around the United States. Her works have garnered her many awards including a nomination from the Houston Public Library that made her book, Let It Rain Coffee a finalist for the IMPAC Dublin Award, The New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship, the Pittsburgh Foundation Fellowship, and the NALAC Fellowship. Her short stories and essays have been featured in numerous journals and anthologies including Small Axe, Gulf Coast Literary Journal, Kweli, VQR and the New York Times.
Angie is currently an Associate Professor at University of Pittsburgh. The founder and editor of the literary journal, Aster(ix). She divides her time between Pittsburgh, New York and Italy.