Angie Cruz

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Angie Cruz
Image of Cruz at the 2019 Texas Book Festival
Cruz at the 2019 Texas Book Festival.
Born (1972-02-24) February 24, 1972 (age 49)
Washington Heights, New York City, New York, U.S.
EducationSUNY Binghamton (B.A.)
New York University (M.F.A.)
Alma materNew York University
SubjectHome, gender, race, displacement, and working class life
Notable worksSoledad "Dominicana"
Notable awardsAlex Awards
Angie Cruz's personal homepage

Angie Cruz (born February 24, 1972) is an American novelist and associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh, where she teaches in the M.F.A. program.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Cruz was born on February 24, 1972 in Washington Heights, New York City. She is of Dominican descent, and regularly travelled from New York City to the Dominican Republic as a child.[1]

Cruz attended Catholic school through eighth grade and grew interested in visual arts in high school.[2][3] She attended LaGuardia School of the Arts and the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she studied fashion design.[2] She received her B.A. in English from SUNY Binghamton and an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University.[4][1]


Cruz published her first novel Soledad in 2001 and her second novel, Let It Rain Coffee in 2005. Her work focuses on themes of home, gender, race, displacement, and working class life.

Her most recent novel is Dominicana (2019) received widespread acclaim.[5]Publishers Weekly described the work as "Enthralling...Cruz's winning novel will linger in the reader’s mind long after the close of the story."[6]

Cruz is currently an associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh writing program and the Editor-in-Chief, Publisher and Founder of Aster(ix) literary journal.[7] She is currently adapting Soledad as a screenplay.[8]


Cruz has received numerous grants for her teaching and writing, including the Barbara Deming Award, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, Camargo Fellowship, Van Lier Literary Fellowship, and NALAC Fund for the Arts Fellowship.[4] She has also been awarded residencies: Yaddo, The Macdowell Colony, Fundacion Valparaiso, La Napoule Foundation and The Millay Colony.[4]

Dominicana was shortlisted for the 2020 Women's Prize for Fiction.[9] In 2020, Dominicana received the Alex Awards.


  • Soledad. Simon & Schuster. 2001. ISBN 9780743212021.
  • Let It Rain Coffee. Simon & Schuster. 2005. ISBN 9780743212045.
  • Dominicana. Flatiron Books. 2019. ISBN 9781250205933.


  1. ^ a b c "Our History". ANGIE CRUZ. Retrieved 2020-07-22.
  2. ^ a b Torres, Saillant (Summer–Fall 2003). "An Interview With Angie Cruz" (PDF). Calabash. 2 (2): 108–110.
  3. ^ "Our History". ANGIE CRUZ. Retrieved 2020-07-22.
  4. ^ a b c "Angie Cruz". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2019-12-17.
  5. ^ "Dominicana | Angie Cruz | Macmillan". US Macmillan. Retrieved 2020-07-22.
  6. ^ "Fiction Book Review: Dominicana by Angie Cruz. Flatiron, $26.99 (336p) ISBN 978-1-250-20593-3". Retrieved 2020-07-22.
  7. ^ "Angie Cruz, Author at Aster(ix) Journal". Aster(ix) Journal. Retrieved 2020-07-22.
  8. ^ "Angie Cruz | Writing". Retrieved 2020-07-22.
  9. ^ "Women's Prize for Fiction shortlist announced". Books+Publishing. 2020-04-22. Retrieved 2020-05-05.

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