University of Miami College of Arts & Sciences Creative Writing Professor Wins Top Honor for Short Fiction Collection

Amina Gautier, Ph.D., an award-winning short story author and creative writing professor in the UM College of Arts & Sciences English Department, received the USA Best Book Award in the African American fiction category for her second collection of short stories, Now We Will Be Happy (2014). The collection also won a Gold Medal Award in Short Fiction from the Florida‌ Authors & Publishers Association (FAPA) and the Prairie Schooner Book Prize Series in Fiction in 2013, among other honors.

‌Now We Will Be Happy is a compilation of 11 stories presenting a muster of different and unique worlds through characters of Puerto Rican heritage.

Professor Gautier also received honors for her debut collection of short stories, At Risk (2011), which received the 2015 First Horizon Award and also won the 2010 Flannery O’Connor Award—the premier recognition for short stories. In 2016, Dr. Gautier will release her third book, The Loss of All Lost Things, already honored with the Elixir Press Award in Fiction. She has published more than eighty-five short stories and her works have received numerous accolades, from the Crazyhorse

Prize to the Danahy Fiction Prize, the Jack Dyer Prize, the William Richey Prize, and the Lamar York Prize in Fiction.

A scholar of 19th-century American literature, Dr. Gautier is a New York native who spends her time between Chicago and Miami. She is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Pennsylvania, and her work has appeared in literary journals, including Antioch Review, Iowa Review and Southern Review.‌‌

August 18, 2015