Jennine Capó Crucet is the author of the novel MAKE YOUR HOME AMONG STRANGERS, forthcoming August 2015 from St. Martin's Press. Her story collection is HOW TO LEAVE HIALEAH, which won the Iowa Short Fiction Prize, the John Gardner Book Award, the Devil's Kitchen Reading Award, and was named a Best Book of the Year by the Miami Herald, the Miami New Times, and the Latinidad List. A winner of an O. Henry Prize and a Bread Loaf Fellow, her writing has appeared in GuernicaPloughsharesEpoch, The Rumpus, Prairie Schooner, and other magazines. She was recently the Winter 2013/14 Picador Guest Professor at the Institute for American Studies at the University of Leipzig, Germany. Originally from Miami, she is an assistant professor of English and Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 

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"In Lizet's story, we have a thrilling, deeply fulfilling journey of a young woman stepping into her own power. This debut novel from Crucet (How to Leave Hialeah, 2009) heralds the birth of a talented novelist to watch."

"Here, perfectly articulated through Lizet, is the experience of being a first-generation child of immigrants in America—the lack of cultural capital, the casually racist comments of fellow students, the facade of campus diversity. “I’d yet to see a Latino professor on the Rawlings campus, though I knew from pictures in the school’s guidebook that there were a few somewhere,” Lizet wistfully notes. Here, too, is worldbuilding at its finest—Crucet crafts a rich setting and supporting characters to go along with her astute cultural analysis."

If you're out West, come hang out: I'll be reading with Kelly Luce, author of the fantastic story collection Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail, out from A Strange Object.

Friday, October 3rd, 7pm
THE SECOND STORY BOOKS (the location used to house a brothel, which is rad)
105 Ivinson Avenue
Laramie, WY 82070
Details about the location's cool history:

The biggest of thanks to writer Nina McConigley, author of the award-winning Cowboys and East Indians, for making this reading possible.

It's about Neil deGrasse Tyson and my (perhaps unhealthy) obsession with him. And, you know, climate change. Many thanks to Roxane Gay and The Rumpus for publishing it.

Check it out here:  "Facts About Neil deGrasse Tyson" by Jennine Capó Crucet.

Monday, July 7th, 6pm
La Casa Azul Bookstore | As part of the 2014 KWELI Writers Conference 

Reading and Conversation with KWELI's founding editor, the amazing Laura Pegram

Fun fact: KWELI was the first journal to publish an excerpt from my forthcoming novel, and they do awesome work. I'm so happy to be reading for them as the kick off event for their conference. Come join us! (You know I will give you hugs.) 

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Jennine Capó Crucet is an electrifying new talent—she’s funny, she’s smart, and she knows how to tell great stories. I fell in love with this terrific collection from the first paragraph, and I was still smitten on the last page.
— Curtis Sittenfeld, author of SISTERLAND, a New York Times Bestseller