Today we're making All Write Already! history with our first return guest! Amina Gautier won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction for her debut story collection At-Risk. Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals, including Antioch Review, Glimmer Train, Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, Southern Review, and StoryQuarterly. Gautier has been awarded scholarships and fellowships from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Illinois Arts Council, MacDowell Colony, Prairie Center of the Arts, Vermont Studio Center and Writers in the Heartland.
We had so much fun talking to Amina way back on Episode 15 that we had to have her back for a conversation about her new short story collection, Now We Will Be Happy. The prize-winning collection about Afro-Puerto Ricans, US-mainland-born Puerto Ricans, and displaced native Puerto Ricans who are attempting to navigate the unique culture that defines Puerto Rican identity.
We chatted with Amina about WWF wrestling, why her characters don't drive,