Kirstin Valdez Quade
Kirstin Valdez Quade
|Born||Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.|
|Alma mater||Phillips Exeter Academy|
University of Oregon
|Genre||Fiction, short story|
Kirstin Valdez Quade is an American writer.
Early life and education
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. 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. 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.
Quade's work has appeared in The New Yorker, Narrative Magazine, The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and elsewhere. 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.
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." The Five Wounds, her debut novel, was published in 2021. The novel was shortlisted for the 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.
Awards and honors
- 2013 Narrative Prize for "Nemecia."
- 2013 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award
- 2014 National Book Foundation "5 Under 35 Award" for Night at the Fiestas
- 2014 PEN/O. Henry Stories selection for "Nemecia."
- 2016 John Leonard Prize, winner for Night at the Fiestas
- 2021 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize for The Five Wounds
- — (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.
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- "Writer Kirstin Valdez Quade to Join Princeton's Creative Writing Faculty". Lewis Center for the Arts. 2015-12-23. Retrieved 2017-06-09.
- "Kirstin Valdez Quade". Narrative Magazine. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
- Kirstin Valdez Quade. "Night at the Fiestas". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-09-17.
- Kirstin Valdez Quade. "The Five Wounds". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 2021-01-28.
- "2022 Winners". American Library Association. Retrieved November 16, 2021.
- "Narrative Prize". Narrative Magazine. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
- "The Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Awards". ronajaffefoundation.org. Archived from the original on 2018-08-31. Retrieved 2015-07-11.
- "Kirstin Valdez Quade, 5 Under 35, 2014, The National Book Foundation". nationalbook.org.
- "The O. Henry Prize Stories". RandomHouse. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
- Alexandra Alter (March 17, 2016). "'The Sellout' Wins National Book Critics Circle's Fiction Award". New York Times. Retrieved March 18, 2016.
- "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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