Today we’re making All Write Already! history with our first return guest! Amina Gautier won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction for her debut story collection At-Risk. Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals, including Antioch Review, Glimmer Train, Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, Southern Review, and StoryQuarterly. Gautier has been awarded scholarships and fellowships from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Illinois Arts Council, MacDowell Colony, Prairie Center of the Arts, Vermont Studio Center and Writers in the Heartland.
We had so much fun talking to Amina way back on Episode 15 that we had to have her back for a conversation about her new short story collection, Now We Will Be Happy. The prize-winning collection about Afro-Puerto Ricans, US-mainland-born Puerto Ricans, and displaced native Puerto Ricans who are attempting to navigate the unique culture that defines Puerto Rican identity.
In Amina’s words,
“That’s one of the fun things about being a fiction writer. In real life, the only person you know is yourself. We have to piece together information all of the time. We don’t know our relatives – we know what we see, we know what they show us, we know what they say, but we’re not in their heads, we don’t know – and as a fiction writer I get to know everybody. I get to know what everyone thinks and feels. And then I get to decide how much of that information I’m going to let the characters have.”
Plus, here’s an obligatory photo of Andre the Giant and Hulk Hogan:
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