How to Leave Hialeah is a First-Year Common Read
How to Leave Hialeah is the First-Year Common Read for incoming students at the University of Saint Joseph, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Read about her visit to the campus here: Hialeah in Connecticut.
Bread Loaf, Baby!
Jennine was a Fiction Fellow at the 2012 Bread Loaf Writers' Conference at Middlebury College.
Reading as Part of M.I.T's 150 Celebration
Jennine was one of several writers featured as part M.I.T.'s 150 celebration. Click here for the full write-up: Hialeah and M.I.T+150
A review of the 2011 O.Henry Prize Anthology in Pop Matters makes a special mention of Jennine's winning story:
Jennine Capó Crucet delivers a devastatingly sarcastic indictment of university diversity programs and their effects on students far from home. The narrator, a young Cuban-American, works her way out of Miami’s lower classes into the rarified, freezing air of Northern university life, only to encounter racism, ignorance, and identity crisis. As her new intellectual life leaves her increasingly alienated from her family, the narrator offers an unsparing account of living between cultures. “How to Leave” also pulls off that most difficult of tricks: writing well in second person. This story should be required reading for all MFA students…and all university diversity coordinators.
Read the whole review here: O.Henry Anthology review in POP MATTERS
Best of Miami!
How to Leave Hialeah is the "Best Book by a Local Author" for 2010 by the Miami New Times! Check out the full write-up here (and check out the comments section; there's a post by Jennine's high school counselor! AWESOME.): Best of Miami 2010
Holy Crap! The John Gardner Award
How to Leave Hialeah was selected as the winner of the John Gardner Award. More on this crazy-wonderful news here: HTLH & the John Gardner Award
Vermin's One Question Interview
Check out this quick interview Jennine did with Vermin on the Mount's Jim Ruland: Craziest Experience at a Reading?
Best of 2009
How to Leave Hialeah has been named a best book of the year by the Latinidad List! Many, many thanks to Marcela Landres for this honor. Read all about it here: The 2009 Latinidad List.
Best of 2009, Miami Style
How to Leave Hialeah has been named a best book of the year by the Miami Herald! The list includes books by Margaret Atwood, Lorrie Moore, and William Trevor, among others. See the complete list and the write up of HTLH here: Miami Herald's Best Books of 2009.
Going to Miami
Jennine appeared at the Miami Book Fair International as part of a panel on Saturday, November 14th at 4:30PM. Check out her interview with WLRN about coming back to Miami for the event: Under the Sun.
Watch out, South Carolina!—Jennine is the winner of this year's John Winthrop Prize for Emerging Writers from Crazyhorse magazine.
Jennine Hits (West) Hollywood—Come see Jennine read from How to Leave Hialeah at the West Hollywood Book Fair as part of an awesome panel on short fiction. Learn more here.
An EPOCH story—The title story of Jennine's debut collection appears in EPOCH magazine. Big thanks to Michael Koch and his staff for putting the issue together, and congrats to fellow Bread Loafer Laura van den Berg, whose story appears in the same issue.
New Story in the SUMMERSET REVIEW—"And in the Morning, Work" is currently available for your reading pleasure in the Summerset Review. The editors there picked a gorgeous photo to accompany the story. Check it out by clicking here.
Bread Loaf Bound—Jennine was awarded a work-study scholarship in fiction to the 2008 Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. She looks forward to accidentally spilling water on important literary figures in her capacity as a waitress during the conference.
Tick, Tock—Jennine was named one of only 22 semi-finalists worldwide for the 2008 Rolex Mentor & Protégé Arts Initiative, an international competition that supports promising young writers by pairing them with world-renowned literary figures.