Today's guest, Amina Gautier, is the winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction for her short story collection At-Risk. More than seventy-five of her stories have been published, appearing in Antioch Review, Best African American Fiction, Glimmer Train, Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, North American Review, Notre Dame Review, and Southern Review among other places. Her stories have won the Crazyhorse Fiction Prize, the Danahy Prize, the Jack Dyer Prize, the Lamar York Prize in Fiction, the Schlafly Microfiction Award, and the William Richey Award as well as scholarships and fellowships from the American Antiquarian Society, Breadloaf Writer's Conference, Sewanee Writer’s Conference, and Ucross Foundation, and artist grants from the Illinois Arts Council and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
Amina came by to talk about growing up in Brooklyn, Walt Whitman's drunken regrets, and industry pressures to write novels instead of short stories.
In Amina's own words:
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