Author Amina Gautier will give a free fiction reading at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, in the McNeese State University Business Conference Center as the Ada Vincent Visiting Writer. This reading is sponsored by the McNeese Master of Fine Arts program and a Juliet Hardtner Endowed Professorship.
Gautier is the award-winning author of “The Loss of All Lost Things” (2016), “Now We Will Be Happy” (2014) and “At-Risk” (2011). Her short stories have appeared in African American Review, Crab Orchard Review, Crazyhorse, North American Review and Kenyon Review.
She has won numerous prizes for her work, including the USA Best Book Award in African American Fiction, the International Book Award, the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and the First Horizon Award.
Originally from New York, Gautier received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English literature and creative writing from Stanford University, as well as a master’s degree and doctorate in English literature from the University of Pennsylvania. A scholar of 19th century literature, Gautier’s critical work focuses on American authors such as Paul Laurence Dunbar, Benjamin Franklin, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Walt Whitman. Currently, she is an associate professor in the MFA program at the University of Miami.
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