Angie Cruz

My work explores the impossible possible. It’s that moment we think nothing will ever change, but if we can imagine it, if we write it or read it in fiction, maybe transformation can happen.

Finalist, International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award




A tale from that island called girlhood. Cruz describes this shipwrecked age with giddy accuracy. A season of hope, vulnerability, and disaster. Especially for a girl of color. Gorgeous writing, gorgeous story.
— Sandra Cisneros
Dominicana is a book that grabs you, that moves both quickly and deeply, as it explores how our very personal desires and destinies are shaped by forces of culture, politics, economics, language, migration. The kind of book I am always longing to read: a sexy book that is also meaningful. I couldn’t put it down.
— Justin Torres
This gorgeous new novel by Angie Cruz holds an unflinching gaze on one young immigrant woman’s life—its hardships, its hopes, and its richly depicted loves. Ana’s story is filled with music and reverence for survival, and for joy. An essential read for our times.
— Cristina Garcia

Angie Cruz is the author of two novels, Soledad (Simon & Schuster 2001) and Let It Rain Coffee (Simon & Schuster, 2005), which was also a finalist in 2007 for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Her third novel, Dominicana will be published by Flatiron Books in Fall 2019.  She has published short fiction and essays in magazines and journals, including VQR, Gulf Coast, Callaloo, The New York Times and Small Axe.

Cruz has received numerous grants for her teaching and writing, including the Pittsburgh Region Artists Program Fellowship, Creative Development Grant, CUNY Dominican Studies Archives and Library Research Award, Barbara Deming Award, New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship, Camargo Fellowship, Van Lier Literary Fellowship, and NALAC Fund for the Arts Fellowship. She has also been awarded residencies: Yaddo, The Macdowell Colony, Art Omi, Fundacion Valparaiso, La Napoule Foundation and The Millay Colony

She has taught creative writing for over 15 years in academic and nontraditional settings such as University of Pittsburgh, Texas A&M University, NYU, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and to middle schoolers for the National Book Foundation’s Bookup in Texas. Cruz is Editor-in-Chief of Aster(ix) Journal, a dedicated space for literature, art and criticism by and about women. She holds a BA in English and MFA in Creative Writing from New York University.  Born and raised in the Washington Heights section of New York City, she has returned to the neighborhood after living in Texas and Pittsburgh.



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