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Edwidge Danticat and Kali Fajardo-Anstine: The Joys of the Short Story Form

“I did not set out with any agenda with my work. I obsessively wanted to tell stories and there were certain things from my home life, from my community, that were really troubling and I wanted to understand why they happened and how they worked."

— Kali Fajardo-Anstine

An Albany Book Festival featured event presented by the NYS Writers Institute

Edwidge Danticat’s latest short story collection Everything Inside: Stories, was honored with the National Book Critics Circle Award, The Story Prize, and the Vilcek Prize in Literature. The book was also a pick of the Reese Witherspoon Book Club. 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. 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. She is a 2009 MacArthur Fellow.

Kali Fajardo-Anstine is a National Book Award finalist for her debut short story collection Sabrina & Corina (2019), which was also selected a finalist for the PEN/Bingham Prize and The Story Prize and longlisted for the Aspen Words Literary Prize. Drawing from her Southern Colorado heritage and life experiences living across the American West, Fajardo-Anstine’s writing and lectures reflect her own heritage as a Colorado Chicana with roots in Indigenous, Latina, and Filipino cultures.

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