Emily Raboteau

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Emily Raboteau
Years active2005–present
Notable worksThe Professor's Daughter, Searching for Zion
SpouseVictor LaValle

Emily Raboteau is an American fiction writer, essayist, and Professor of Creative Writing at the City College of New York.

Early life[edit]

Raboteau grew up in New Jersey, the daughter of Princeton professor Albert Raboteau.[1][2] She received an undergraduate degree at Yale University and an MFA from New York University.[3]


Her writing has been published in The Guardian, Oxford American, The Believer, Guernica, Best American Short Stories,[4] Best American Nonrequired Reading, Best American Mystery Stories and Best African American Essays. She has received the Pushcart Prize, the Chicago Tribune's Nelson Algren Award, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.[4][5]

Her first novel The Professor's Daughter was published in 2005.[6] Her second book, Searching for Zion: The Quest for Home in the African Diaspora, a work of creative nonfiction, was published in 2013.

Personal life[edit]

Raboteau is married to novelist Victor LaValle and lives in New York City.[7] They have two children.[8]


  1. ^ "Father Daughter Conversation with Emily Raboteau and Albert Raboteau".
  2. ^ Raboteau, Emily (31 August 2016). "New York Playgrounds I Have Known". The New Yorker. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Emily Raboteau Wins the International Flash Fiction Competition". The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education. 16 November 2015. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
  4. ^ a b "The Structure of Bubbles". Retrieved 2009-04-24.
  5. ^ "NEA Writers' Corner". Archived from the original on 2009-04-13. Retrieved 2009-04-24.
  6. ^ "Macmillan Books: Author: Emily Raboteau, Macmillan :: Augusten Burroughs". Retrieved 2009-05-24.
  7. ^ Scelfo, Julie (2010-04-07). "A Writer Gets a Home Office of Her Own". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-09-01.
  8. ^ Raboteau, Emily (28 December 2016). "The Rumpus Interview With Emily Raboteau". The Rumpus (Interview). Interviewed by Gina Prescott. Retrieved 7 May 2017.