When New York City went bankrupt in the 1970s, many buildings in the Lower East Side were abandon. They were repossessed by the city, and reclaimed in the 80s by squatters. These individuals made these spaces homes, and with ingenuity and creativity, created a movement.
The Albert Gallatin Lectures and Gallatin Global Writers present Edwidge Danticat
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 | 6:30 PM-8:00 PM
The Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts
“Create dangerously, for people who read dangerously. This is what I’ve always thought it meant to be a writer. Writing, knowing in part that no matter how trivial your words may seem, someday, somewhere, someone may risk his or her life to read them.”
—Edwidge Danticat, Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work
Edwidge Danticat, who emigrated from Haiti to Brooklyn at age 12, is the author of numerous books, including Claire of the Sea Light, a New York Times notable book; Brother, I’m Dying, a National Book Critics Circle Award winner and National Book Award finalist; Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah Book Club selection; Krik? Krak!, a National Book Award finalist; The Farming of Bones, an American Book Award winner; The Dew Breaker, a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and winner of the inaugural Story Prize; and Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work, winner of the Caribbean Writers Grand Prize for Literature. The recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, Danticat has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and elsewhere. She lives in Miami.