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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Author Dr. Amina Gautier Concludes Spring Writers on the Shore Series May 3

Dr. Amina GautierSALISBURY, MD---Award-winning author Dr. Amina Gautier concludes this spring’s Writers on the Shore literary series at Salisbury University, reading from her works 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, in Perdue Hall’s Bennett Family Auditorium.

Gautier is the author of three award-winning short story collections. At-Risk (2011) received the Flannery O’Conner Award, First Horizons Award and Eric Hoffer Legacy Fiction Award. Now We Will Be Happy (2014) earned accolades including the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction, USA Best Book Award in African American Fiction, International Book Award and a Silver Ippy Award in Multicultural Fiction.

Her most recent collection, The Loss of All Lost Things (2016), won the Elixir Press Award in Fiction and the Chicago Public Library’s 21st Century Award.

In addition to her books, Gautier has published more than 85 short stories in literary journals including African American Review, Chattahoochee Review, Red Rock Review and Shenandoah. Her work also has been reprinted in anthologies including Women Writers of Color, Best African American Fiction and The Notre Dame Review: The First Ten Years, among others.

She has earned fellowships and scholarships from organizations including the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, American Antiquarian Society and Callaloo Writers’ Workshop. Academically, her honors have included a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship and William Randolph Hearst Fellowship. A scholar of 19th-century American literature, she currently is on faculty in the University of Miami’s M.F.A. program.

Booklist has praised Gautier’s work, noting that her “stories deftly capture her characters’ internal struggles for identity and home.” Rumpus raved, “With a style that feels like a mixture of Junot Diaz and Edwidge Danticat, Gautier is a writer more people should be talking about.”

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Sponsored by the English Department and Writers on the Shore, admission is free and the public is invited. For more information call 410-543-6445 or visit the SU website at

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