The Harman Writing Fellow Program


photo of TiphanieTiphanie Yanique

spring 2015 Writing Fellow


Tiphanie Yanique is the author of the short story collection, How to Escape from a Leper Colony, the picture book I Am the Virgin Islands, and the novel Land of Love and Drowning. BookPage listed her as one of the 14 Women to watch out for in 2014. Her writing has won a 2015 Young Writer's Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the 2011 BOCAS Prize for Caribbean Fiction, Boston Review Prize in Fiction, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, a Pushcart Prize, and an Academy of American Poet’s Prize. She has been listed by the Boston Globe as one of the sixteen cultural figures to watch out for and by the National Book Foundation as one of the 5 Under 35. Her writing has been published in Best African American Fiction, The Wall Street Journal, American Short Fiction and other places. She is also the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship. Yanique grew up in the Hospital Ground/Round da Field neighborhood of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. She is now an assistant professor in the MFA and Riggio Honors programs at the New School in New York City.


On Thursday, April 2, 2015, Yanique led a creative writing workshop for students at Baruch college, during club hours. Students learned how the sounds of words and letters can set the tone of a character or a novel.

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Tiphanie Yanique with her debut novel Land of Love and Drowning.


photo of StudentStudents at the workshop.


Photo credit: Glenda Hydler



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