Angie Cruz


Angie Cruz is the author of two novels, Soledad and Let It Rain Coffee, a finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and her essays and short fiction have appeared in The New York Times, Gulf Coast, Callaloo, and elsewhere. Her writing and teaching has been supported by numerous grants and residencies, including from the New York Foundation of the Arts, the Pittsburgh Foundation of the Arts, Ledig House, Yaddo, and the MacDowell Colony. The founder and editor of Aster(ix), a literary/arts journal, she is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh.

Having a space of my own, in the heart of a neighborhood that has served as my muse for all of my writing career, gave me footing with my immediate family who lived within blocks. Before I moved to Pittsburgh that apartment afforded me the ability to write in the utmost alive way, spontaneously, desperately, urgently, erotically. I was able to access the knowledge and inheritance of my body, the darkness, the horrific, the spiritual. In that apartment I was fertile. Everything was possible.


Some of my favorite people on earth are in this book,
Dear writers and grand spirits.

Annie Dillard