Angie Cruz holds a BA in English and MFA in Creative Writing from New York University. She is an Assistant Professor of English and the author of two novels, Soledad (Simon & Schuster 2001), which she has adapted into a screenplay, and Let It Rain Coffee (S & S 2005), which was also a finalist in 2007 for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. She has published short fiction and essays in magazines and journals, including Callaloo, a journal of African Diaspora, The New York Times, Kweli, Phatitude, and South Central Review. She has been teaching creative writing for over 15 years in academic and nontraditional settings such as Texas A&M University, NYU, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and to middle schoolers for the National Book Foundation’s Bookup in Texas where she also serves on the advisory board. She has received numerous grants for her teaching and writing, including the 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, Fundacion Valparaiso, La Napoule Foundation and The Millay Colony. She is the editor of Aster(ix), a literary/arts journal. Currently she is finishing her third novel, In Search of Caridad.
Read Angie’s essay, “A Sublet in Washington Heights,” published in the New York Times.
TEACHING AND WRITING
“Everyone should take a creative writing class and learn how to tell a great story. Being able to tell a story can hopefully get you out of a fight, potentially make someone fall in love with you, or help you land a job. At the very least mastering the art of storytelling will help you develop a narrative for your life and future. Great stories demand that we look again at the things we take for granted and think critically about the world at large. In class, I combine the act of generating new work, close readings of literary texts, and a nuts and bolts approach on revision so you can eventually work effectively outside of the workshop.”