Amina Lolita Gautier

Dr. Amina Lolita Gautier is a fiction writer and a professor. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1977 and now lives in Chicago and Miami. She is the author of The Loss of All Lost Things (Elixir Press, USA, 2016) and two short story collections: At-Risk and Now We Will Be Happy. Her stories have been widely published, including in Agni, Boston Review, Callaloo, Cincinnati Review, Glimmer Train, Greensboro Review, Gulf Coast, Joyland, Kenyon Review, Latino Book Review, Los Angeles Review, Mississippi Review, New Flash Fiction Review, Quarterly West, Southern Review, and Triquarterly, among other places. She’s the recipient of the Chicago Public Library Foundation’s 21st Century Award, the Eric Hoffer Legacy Fiction Award, the Phillis Wheatley Book Award in Fiction, and two International Latino Book Awards. She also received the PEN/MALAMUD Award for Excellence in the Short Story in 2018. Gautier is inspired to write by “The opportunity to show and tell the truth of one’s actions, which is often a more honest form of truth than mere facts.” About being named a Letras Boricuas Fellow, Gautier said, “Winning this fellowship means that there are numerous ways to be Boricua and that all the ways are valid yet different pathways to a beautifully complex identity. For me, this fellowship welcomes me home.”