Nelson Maldonado-Torres, President of the Caribbean Philosophical Association (see Repeating Island links), announced earlier this month that the winner of the 2009 CPA’s Nicolás Guillén Prize is Edwidge Danticat.
Danticat is a prominent writer who was born in Haiti and came to the United States when she was twelve. She earned a degree in French literature from Barnard College, and an MFA from Brown University. Some of her most well-known works are Krik? Krak! (1991), Breath, Eyes, Memory (1994), The Farming of the Bones (1998), and Dew Breaker (2004). Danticat has won several prizes for her work including the American Book Award for The Farming of the Bones; her recent work, Brother, I’m Dying (2007), was a finalist for the National Book Award.
For photo and more on Danticat, see http://voices.cla.umn.edu/vg/Bios/entries/danticat_edwidge.html