Kirstin Valdez Quade

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Kirstin Valdez Quade
Quade at 2015 Texas Book Festival
Quade at 2015 Texas Book Festival
BornAlbuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
OccupationWriter, Professor
Alma materPhillips Exeter Academy[1]
Stanford University
University of Oregon
GenreFiction, short story
Years active2009—present

Kirstin Valdez Quade is an American writer.

Early life and education[edit]

Quade was born to a white father and a Hispanic mother in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her father was a desert geologist and her family lived throughout the Southwestern United States, as well as in Australia.[2] She attended Phillips Exeter Academy and earned her BA from Stanford University and her MFA from the University of Oregon. From 2009 to 2011 she was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in the Creative Writing Program at Stanford University, where she also taught as a Jones Lecturer.[3] In 2014-15, she was the Delbanco Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Michigan. She is currently an assistant professor of creative writing at Princeton University.[4][5]


Quade's work has appeared in The New Yorker, Narrative Magazine,[6] The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and elsewhere.[3] Her writing weaves together themes of family, race, class, and coming-of-age, and unfold in New Mexico landscapes inspired by the author's own upbringing.[5]

Her debut short story collection, Night at the Fiestas, received critical praise and won awards. A review in The New York Times labeled her stories "legitimate masterpieces" and called the book a "haunting and beautiful debut story collection."[7] The Five Wounds, her debut novel, was published in 2021.[8] The novel was shortlisted for the 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.[9]

Awards and honors[edit]


  • — (2015). Night at the Fiestas: Stories. New York: W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN 978-0-393-24298-0.
  • — (2021). The Five Wounds: A Novel. New York: W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN 978-0-393-24283-6.


  1. ^ "Kirstin Valdez Quade". Phillips Exeter Academ. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  2. ^ Reyes, Raul A. (27 April 2021). "A Latino family's love — and dysfunction in Kirstin Valdez Quade's 'The Five Wounds'". NBC News. Retrieved 16 November 2021.
  3. ^ a b "A Reading with Skip Horack and Kirstin Valdez Quade - Stanford Arts".
  4. ^ "U-M Department of English: People: Profile View: Kirstin Valdez Quade". Archived from the original on July 14, 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Writer Kirstin Valdez Quade to Join Princeton's Creative Writing Faculty". Lewis Center for the Arts. 2015-12-23. Retrieved 2017-06-09.
  6. ^ "Kirstin Valdez Quade". Narrative Magazine. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  7. ^ Kirstin Valdez Quade. "Night at the Fiestas". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-09-17.
  8. ^ Kirstin Valdez Quade. "The Five Wounds". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 2021-01-28.
  9. ^ "2022 Winners". American Library Association. Retrieved November 16, 2021.
  10. ^ "Narrative Prize". Narrative Magazine. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  11. ^ "The Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Awards". Archived from the original on 2018-08-31. Retrieved 2015-07-11.
  12. ^ "Kirstin Valdez Quade, 5 Under 35, 2014, The National Book Foundation".
  13. ^ "The O. Henry Prize Stories". RandomHouse. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  14. ^ Alexandra Alter (March 17, 2016). "'The Sellout' Wins National Book Critics Circle's Fiction Award". New York Times. Retrieved March 18, 2016.
  15. ^ "Kirstin Valdez Quade Wins The Center for Fiction 2021 First Novel Prize for The Five Wounds". Center for Fiction. Retrieved December 20, 2021.

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