Award-winning fiction writer will read at Ripon College Feb. 21 as part of Visiting Writers Series

Award-winning fiction writer Amina Gautier will read from her work at Ripon College Wednesday, Feb. 21, as part of the Ripon College Visiting Writers Series and the Schang Family Visiting Writer Fund.

The presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Room 147 of C.J. Rodman Center for the Arts. It is free and open to the public. Books will be available for cash purchase and author signing. The program will feature selections from her newly published collection, “The Best That You Can Do.”

Gautier is a native of Brooklyn New York, and now lives in Chicago and Miami, Florida. She is a professor of English at the University of Miami and the author of four short story collections that have won multiple awards.

“The Best That You Can Do” won the inaugural Kimbilio-Soft Skull Publishing Prize.

“The Loss of All Lost Things” won the Elixir Press Award in Fiction and received the Chicago Public Library Foundation’s 21st Century Award, The Phillis Wheatley Award, The International Latino Book Award, The National Indie Excellence Award, a Silver Medal “IPPY” Award in Northeast Fiction, and was a Finalist for the Paterson Prize, The John Gardner Award, The Hurston/Wright Award, and shortlisted for the William Saroyan Award, and The St. Francis College Literary Prize.

“Now We Will Be Happy” won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize,” the International Latino Book Award, the Eric Hoffer Legacy Award, the USA Best Book Award in African American Fiction, the International Book Award, a Silver IPPY Award in Multicultural Fiction, a Florida Authors and Publishers Association Award Gold Medal in Short Fiction,” and was Long-listed for The Chautauqua Prize in Fiction.

“At Risk” won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and received an Eric Hoffer Legacy Award and a First Horizon Award.

For her body of work Gautier received the Pen/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story in 2018, becoming the first African American woman to win the prestigious award.

Gautier is a prolific writer of short stories. She has published 145 short stories, and her work has appeared and been reprinted in numerous publications. She has received multiple awards and grants for her short story work.

She is a graduate of The Nightingale-Bamford School, The Northfield Mount Hermon School and Stanford University. She earned her Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Pennsylvania.

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