Patricia Engel was born to Colombian parents and raised in New Jersey. Her acclaimed debut, Vida, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Fiction Award, New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, and Paterson Fiction Award, winner of the International Latino Book Award, Florida Book Award, and Independent Publisher Book Award, and longlisted for The Story Prize and Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Additionally, Vida was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, a New York Times Editors’ Choice, and named a Best Book of the Year by NPR, Barnes & Noble, Latina Magazine, and Los Angeles Weekly.
Patricia’s fiction has appeared in The Atlantic, A Public Space, Boston Review, and Guernica, among other publications, and her nonfiction has appeared in Black Book and Glamour. Her stories have received awards including the Boston Review Fiction Prize, fellowships and residencies from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Key West Literary Seminar, Norman Mailer Writer’s Colony, Hedgebrook, Ucross, and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs.
Included in the “Best New Writers” series by The Daily Beast, Patricia was also named a “Latina Who Shaped 2010″ by The New York Daily News, one of Poder360 Business Magazine’s “20 Under 40 Up and Coming Latinos,” and a “Top New Latino/a Author” by LatinoStories.com. Patricia earned her undergraduate degree at New York University and her MFA at Florida International University. She currently teaches creative writing at the University of Miami.
Her novel is forthcoming in 2013 from Grove/Atlantic.