Hurston/Wright Foundation | Tiphanie Yanique
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Tiphanie Yanique

Tiphanie Yanique


Land of Love and Drowning

Tiphanie Yanique


Tiphanie Yanique’s first novel, Land of Love and Drowning was published by Riverhead/Penguin in 2014. Land of Love and Drowning won the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnam First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction and was a finalist for the 2015 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Tiphanie is also the author of How to Escape from a Leper Colony, published by Graywolf Press in 2010 and the picture book I Am the Virgin Islands, published by Little Bell Caribbean in 2012. BookPage listed her as one of the 14 Women to watch out for in 2014. 

Tiphanie has won the 2011 BOCAS Prize for Caribbean FictionBoston Review Prize in Fiction, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, a Pushcart Prize, and an Academy of American Poet’s Prize. She has been listed by the Boston Globe as one of the sixteen cultural figures to watch out for and by the National Book Foundation as one of the 5 Under 35. Her writing has been published in Best African American FictionThe Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, More Magazine, American Short Fiction and other places. Tiphanie Yanique is also the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship.

Tiphanie grew in the Hospital Ground/Round da Field neighborhood of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. She graduated from All Saints Cathedral School and the Rising Stars Youth Steel Orchestra program. Both her mother and grandmother were librarians in the Virgin Islands. Tiphanie is now an assistant professor in the MFA and Riggio Honors programs at the New School in New York City. She lives with her husband, son and daughter. They split their time between Brooklyn and St. Thomas.

Literature and Fiction,