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Patricia Engel


Patricia Engel is the author of Vida, which was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Fiction Award and the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award,  winner of Colombia’s national prize in letters, the Premio Biblioteca de Narrativa Colombiana, and named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; the novel It’s Not Love, It’s Just Paris, which won the International Latino Book Award; and, most recently, The Veins of the Ocean, which won the 2017 Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Her books have been translated into many languages and her fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Mystery Stories, The Atlantic, A Public Space, Harvard Review, Chicago Quarterly Review, ZYZZYVA, and many other publications. Her non-fiction has appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, Catapult, and numerous anthologies. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and Key West Literary Seminar, among others, Patricia has also been awarded the Boston Review Fiction Prize. Born to Colombian parents and raised in New Jersey, Patricia is a graduate of New York University and earned her MFA at Florida International University. She is currently a Visiting Professor of Practice in Creative Writing at the University of Miami and is the literary editor of the Miami Rail.