Angie Cruz


Angie Cruz is a novelist, editor and New York-born Dominicana who traveled to and from NYC to the Dominican Republic for most of her formative years. Her most recent novel is How Not To Drown in A Glass of Water. The Los Angeles Times raves that the book “will have you laughing line after line…Cruz aims for the heart, and fires,” and The Washington Post calls Cruz’s story of Cara Romero “an endearing portrait of a fierce, funny woman.” Her novel Dominicana was shortlisted for The Women’s Prize, longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and winner of the ALA/YALSA Alex Award in fiction. It was inspired by her mother’s arrival story, and her research inspired the digital photo and story archive @dominicanasnyc on Instagram. Former Sojourn author and President of PEN International Jennifer Clement calls Dominicana “an important novel that illuminates a world and time with truth and originality. Cruz is a brilliant novelist and her characters are unforgettable.” Cruz is the author of two other novels, Soledad and Let It Rain Coffee, and she is the recipient of numerous fellowships and residencies including the Lighthouse Fellowship, Siena Art Institute and the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Fellowship. Her shorter works appear in The Paris Review, VQR, Callaloo, Gulf Coast and other journals. She’s the founder and Editor-in-chief of the award-winning literary journal Aster(ix) and is currently an Associate Professor at University of Pittsburgh. She divides her time between Pittsburgh, New York and Turin.