Former English Dept Faculty Member Amina Gautier Reads from New Short Story Collection this Friday, Feb 12

gautierFriday, February 12 – 7:30pm
Amina Gautier The Loss of All Lost Things

Book Launch Party
5233 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL
 Amina Gautier’s The Loss of All Lost Things is a short story collection that illuminates the beauty that can be found in inconsolable loss. Leading us through terrible realities, Gautier ultimately leaves us with the promise of hope and redemption. When this collection won the 2014 Elixir Press Fiction Award, contest judge Phong Nguyen had this to say: “Gautier’s stories have you by the throat, and they surprise you with their mercy.”  Amina Gautier is the author of two other collections: At-Risk and Now We Will Be Happy.

Amina Gautier is the author of three award-winning short story collections: At-Risk, Now We Will Be Happy, and the The Loss of All Lost Things. At-Risk was awarded the Flannery O’Connor Award, The First Horizon Award, and the Eric Hoffer Legacy Fiction Award. Now We Will Be Happy was awarded the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction and the Florida Authors and Publishers Association President’s Book Award. The Loss of All Lost Things was awarded the Elixir Press Award in Fiction. Gautier has been the recipient of grants and fellowships from Breadloaf Writer’s Conference, Callaloo, Hawthornden, Hurston/Wright Foundation, Key West Literary Seminars, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, the Ragdale Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, the Sewanee Writer’s Conference, Ucross, and the Vermont Studio Center. Gautier was born and raised in Brooklyn New York, was educated at Stanford University and the University of Pennsylvania, and has taught creative writing and African American literature at Marquette University, St. Joseph’s University, Washington University in St. Louis, and DePaul University. She currently teaches in the MFA program at the University of Miami.