Discipline: Literature

Angie Cruz

Discipline: Literature
Region: Pittsburg, PA
MacDowell fellowships: 2001, 2002

Angie Cruz is a New York born Dominicana who traveled to and from NYC to D.R. for most of her formative years. Her first novel, Soledad (2001) and second novel, Let It Rain Coffee (2005) were both published by Simon & Schuster. Her novel, Dominicana (2019), with Flatiron, was inspired by her mother's arrival story. To research this novel, Cruz scoured many photo albums and this eventually inspired the digital photo archive accessed through Instagram: @dominicanasnyc.

She attended La Guardia H.S. as a visual arts major and received a fashion design degree at F.I.T. She then received an English literature degree at SUNY Binghamton and a M.F.A. at NYU in fiction.

Cruz attended numerous writing residencies, including Yaddo, MacDowell, Siena Art Institute, Art Omi, La Napoule Foundation, The Camargo Foundation and Fundacion Valparaiso, that made it possible for her to travel regularly to Europe and around the United States. Her her book, Let It Rain Coffee, was a finalist for the IMPAC Dublin Award, The New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship, the Pittsburgh Foundation Fellowship, and the NALAC Fellowship. Her short stories and essays have been featured in numerous journals and anthologies, including Small Axe, Gulf Coast Literary Journal, Kweli, VQR and The New York Times.

Cruz is currently an associate professor at University of Pittsburgh and the founder and editor of the literary journal, Aster(ix). She divides her time between Pittsburgh, New York and Italy.



Angie Cruz worked in the Heyward studio.

The Lodge Annex, a wing on the west side of the men’s dormitory (The Lodge), was completed in 1926. Initially intended as an apartment for a caretaker, the space was soon repurposed as a live-in studio for writers. In recognition of a major endowment gift from the Dubose and Dorothy Heyward Foundation, Lodge Annex was…

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