Edwidge Danticat: Beating the Darkness

Episode 18 · July 12th, 2016 · 28 mins 19 secs

About this Episode

In this episode, we’re joined by Edwidge Danticat, whose work recounts the stories of Haitians and Haitian-Americans. Her haunting YA novel, Untwine, tells the story of an unbreakable bond between twin sisters of Haitian descent. 


  • Edwidge Danticat is the author of several award-winning works, including Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah’s Book Club pick; Krik? Krak!, a National Book Award nominee; The Farming of Bones, an American Book Award Winner, and Untwine (Scholastic, 2015). Edwidge, who was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2009, lives in Miami, Florida, with her family. You can learn more about her work at www.EdwidgeDanticat.com.

Additional Resources:

  • Learn more about Untwine and read an excerpt here.

  • Read about Edwidge's story of Haiti's heroic queen Anacaona here.

Special thanks:

  • Music composed by Lucas Elliot Eberl

  • Sound mix and editing by Daniel Jordan

  • Produced by Megan Kaesshaefer

Photo credit: Mark Dellas, 2015