Edwidge Danticat was born in Haiti in 1969. She came to the United States when she was twelve years old and, only two years later, published her first writings in English. She holds an undergraduate degree is in French literature from Barnard College and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Brown Unversity. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York, USA.
Edwidge Danticat's short stories have appeared in 25 periodicals. She won a 1995 Pushcart Short Story Prize as well as fiction awards from several magazines. In addition to her first novel, Breath, Eyes, Memory, winning wide acclaim, her book of short stories, Krik? Krak!, was chosen as a National Book Award finalist in 1995.