Discipline: Literature – fiction

Angie Cruz

Discipline: Literature – fiction
Region: New York, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2001, 2002, 2023, 2023

Angie Cruz, born and raised in New York, is the author of the novel, Soledad (Simon & Schuster 2001); Let It Rain Coffee (Simon & Schuster) longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Awards; and Dominicana (Flatiron, 2019) shortlisted for The Women’s Prize and winner of the ALA/YALSA Alex Award. Her latest novel, How Not to Drown in A Glass of Water (Flatiron, 2022) was one of New York Times’ 100 Notable books of 2022.

She is at work on several new projects including a children’s book, Angelica and La Guira (Kokila Press) and two new novels, one set in Turin, Italy and the other in Washington Heights. Cruz is the founder and editor of Aster(ix) Journal, a transnational feminist literary and arts journal that centers works by people of color.

Cruz has attended numerous writing residencies, including Yaddo, MacDowell, Siena Art Institute, Art Omi, La Napoule Foundation, The Camargo Foundation, and Fundacion Valparaiso, all of which made it possible for her to travel regularly to Europe and around the United States.

She received a fashion design degree at F.I.T., an English literature degree at SUNY Binghamton, and an M.F.A. at NYU in fiction. She teaches at the University of Pittsburgh.

At MacDowell in 2001, Cruz finished her novel, Soledad, started work on a second novel, and worked on a short story. During her 2002 residency, she worked on the second novel. During her 2023 residencies, she worked on her fifth novel and photographs as part of her research.


Irving Fine

Angie Cruz worked in the Irving Fine studio.

Youngstown Studio was given to MacDowell by friends of Miss Myra McKeown in Youngstown, OH, where she promoted both art and music. It was renamed Irving Fine Studio in 1972 in honor of Irving Fine, a distinguished composer, conductor, and teacher who was a MacDowell Fellow during the 1940s and 1950s. The simple interior of the studio…

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